Kate Winslet: ‘WTF was I doing working with Woody Allen & Roman Polanski?’

I told you that we would be hearing about fossils and lesbians for months, and here we go. Kate Winslet is currently promoting Ammonite, a film about fossils and an affair between Mary Anning and a protege, Charlotte Murchison, played by Saoirse Ronan. Ammonite premiered at the virtual Toronto Film Festival and Kate has already appeared on a recent cover of the Hollywood Reporter. Now here she is with a high-profile feature in Vanity Fair. Because, remember, she HATES Oscar campaigns. She’s never campaigned for an Oscar. Oscars don’t mean anything to her. Oscar campaigns are bullsh-t. Trust her, as she prepares to spend the next five months talking about fossils and lesbians and how she’s just an ageing mum with saggy skin and it was super-brave – nay, Oscar-worthy – for her to film nude scenes at her age with no makeup. Lord, that’s the entire Oscar campaign. You can read the full Vanity Fair piece here. Some highlights:

She’s glad to not be stuffed into couture & heels right now: “Actually I’m wearing an old bathrobe because, to be completely honest with you, none of my pants fit me at the moment…. I think the question of how Hollywood will change is probably not something that any of us could fully answer quite this far out. But it is clearly changing significantly. Just experiencing the little bit of press that I have been doing to support Ammonite…I love not getting into those f–king dresses and those f–king shoes. All the money. It’s always really pained me, the money that gets wasted on colossal, great big junkets: flying journalists, actors, glam squads all over the world. Why the hell is any of that important? If I cared what I looked like, I would have put makeup on right now. It’s always been so baffling to me—the hoopla and the wasted money that could be better put to making more independent films, number one, or building f–king classrooms. Jesus Christ, you know?

She doesn’t want to travel to promote Ammonite: “For me, there’s a lot that’s already changed. I’ve said to the people who help me with press, “If any of the bans are lifted anytime soon, and the requests come in for me to fly places, can you apologize and say I won’t be doing that because it’s a waste of air travel?” It’s appalling—putting ourselves into the sky left, right, and center. There’s only so much a person can stomach before your morals come into play. We’re still able to do all the things that need to get done without pumping biofuels into a beautiful, beautiful fading world.

She finds the awards season wasteful & stressful: “The dresses, the stress, the dress fittings…It’s so stressful, and I know that sounds like, “Oh, here goes Kate Winslet talking about how stressful it is to do dress fittings for award shows.” But it is stressful. I don’t like having to squeeze my hot-and-bothered mum-on-the-school-run body randomly into a red carpet dress that I’m never going to wear again. The money that’s wasted on it. The hours and stress that people pour into these things. The incredible artists who make these dresses are wonderful, but to make something that’s only going to be worn once…I’ve already decided I’m doing repeat dresses. Everything will have to be let out, but whatever.

Ned RockNRoll is a hands-on dad: “Ammonite was filmed in Dorset, which is exactly a two-hour drive from where I’m sitting. I spent about three nights out of five down there by myself. Then my husband would come with our little one and one of the old ones normally…but I’m very fortunate to be in a position where my husband is in the home doing all of the things that I would ordinarily be doing.

No makeup! “There’s very little written about [the real-life Mary] in terms of physical description. A couple of people described her as being very thin and worn and pinched…but I didn’t want to do that because this isn’t supposed to be a biopic. Also, I felt it was very important to be able to carry the weight of the manual laboring life that was so much a part of who Mary was. There’s a solidity and a heftiness to her that I wanted to create. That just meant physically doing a few things a little differently and letting go of all vanity. I mean, no makeup. And I’m older now. I’m about to turn 45, and sh-t moves…My youthful years have gone.”

Setting a good example for younger women: “Because life is f–king short and I’d like to do my best when it comes to setting a decent example to younger women. We’re handing them a pretty fucked up world, so I’d like to do my bit in having some proper integrity. It’s like, what the f–k was I doing working with Woody Allen and Roman Polanski? It’s unbelievable to me now how those men were held in such high regard, so widely in the film industry and for as long as they were. It’s f–king disgraceful. And I have to take responsibility for the fact that I worked with them both. I can’t turn back the clock. I’m grappling with those regrets but what do we have if we aren’t able to just be f–king truthful about all of it?

[From Vanity Fair]

I mean, she worked with Woody Allen, Roman Polanski AND Harvey Weinstein. She was always chasing the Oscar-bait movies, even if they involve deeply terrible men. I guess I have to hate-respect how quickly (within one sentence) she abdicated responsibility for working with them, basically saying that they were “held in high regard” by all of Hollywood, how was she to know? That argument works for Weinstein (the depth of his depravity was not widely known, it really wasn’t). But Polanski? Woody? People knew they were problematic AF. And she didn’t care at the time.

Anyway, just remember: she’s 45, she has a mum-on-the-school-run body and she didn’t wear makeup. GIVE HER AN OSCAR. Not that she wants one!

A make-up free Kate Winslet makes a call as she goes out for a walk wearing a tailored jacket, leggings and low-cut cowboy boots on a rainy day in Manhattan's TribeCa Neighborhood

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  1. Case says:

    Erm, Wonder Wheel came out in 2017. Three years ago. It was widely known exactly what Woody Allen has been accused of at that point, and Kate wasn’t exactly young and naive at the age of 42.

    I’m glad she condemns them now, but to act like she didn’t know better THREE YEARS AGO is just absurd revisionist history.

    • Sunday says:

      Exactly this. Plus, she “non-campaigned” HARD for Wonder Wheel during its award season, too. The Me Too of it all kind of put a damper on her golden statue aspirations, so now she’s pivoting.

      Kudos for finally reading the room, I guess… lip service and (presumably) never working with those predators again is better than nothing, but the bar is literally on the floor.

      • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

        Yeah…not buying the bs. If WA or RP came to her, RIGHT NOW, with a script that was somehow “guaranteed” to win her an Oscar, she’d grab it so fast you’d get wind burn standing a mile away.

        Kate’s only saying this NOW because of the blow-back possibly hurting her chances THIS time. NO other reason.

        She is STILL problematic as far as I’m concerned.

      • Nievie says:

        meh ,my dad once tried chatting her up in a pub in Devon in the 90s.

    • TeamMeg says:

      I’m glad Kate Winslet is finally come around to admitting that she made a BIG mistake working with Woody and Roman. It sounds to me like she’s owning her error, not revising history, when she says “WTF was I doing?” In other words, she admits that she chose to disregard before, denied or looked the other way. Now, it sounds like she regrets that choice.

      If so, she’ll have to accept that some people will never forgive her, just like some people will never forgive “Hanoi Jane” Fonda for what she did during the Vietnam war. Jane addressed this in her recent Maureen Dowd interview, saying she’s apologized many times and there’s nothing more she can do.

      This is the first “apology” we’re hearing from Winslet. Let’s see if she keeps it up, or even goes deeper with a fuller statement. For now, it’s a beginning.

      • Who is Justice Beaver? says:

        Nailed it, teammeg. My father, 72, was a peace keeper for the Canadians in Vietnam. He saw some $h!t that deeply affected him to this day; his trauma affected all his relationships and approach to life. I digress, but Jane Fonda he loathes with a burning passion because of the “Hanoi Jane” incident. Told me how her actions directly got people killed. Something about she ratted out a secret note being passed, and the note passers were executed because of it. Dad gets so angry he hates speaking about it.
        Separately, even though I have no time for Kate Winslet, I applaud her comments on waste reduction to help the planet. More of this!

      • SKF says:

        @WHOISJUSTICEBEAVER that story is actually a very well circulated hoax. Fonda never did that – it has been confirmed with the men she actually did meet, the men whose names were used in the story, and various military heads. You can read about it here: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/jane-fonda-pows/

        My understanding of the whole Hanoi Jane thing is that some of what she thought, said and did was entirely fair critique of US military policies that were, indeed, pretty damn awful; but that she was naive and foolish and allowed herself to be used and misappropriated for Vietnamese Communist Propaganda. Something she recognises and is regretful of now.

        There are many troops (American, Australian, etc) who lost their lives or were never the same again and they simply should not have been there. That is on the governments involved. Many Vietnamese lost their lives or had their lives destroyed as well. War is messy and deserves to be critiqued. Jane was trying to critique it but ended up handling it incredibly poorly and she has to live with the enmity of those who can’t forgive her for that.

    • Lilah casting says:

      All the people who have worked for polanski and allen after they had profitable careers should be called out men women all equally, Kate Winslet was no broke starlet when she worked for them, Cate Blanchet doesn’t get called out either for naming her son Roman of all people she goes to cannes wearing a great outfit and everyone is ready to clap for her.

      • Miranda says:

        Wait, she for real named her kid after Polanski? Just…goddamn…

        *brain short-circuits*

      • Case says:

        Agreed. I can (sort of) understand why up-and-coming actors would be excited to work with someone as notable as Woody Allen and it would be a hard opportunity to turn down (kudos to those who have, though). But I particularly cannot understand established, wealthy, lauded actors who still choose to work with him when they have their pick of wonderfully talented directors.

      • kimberlu says:

        MANY actors/res signed on for Woody Allen projects because at the time it was seen that they would be legitimized, as a serious actor/ress. Go through his movies and you can clearly see certain names that got more rolls after appearing in his movies. It’s disgusting.

      • Mrs.Krabapple says:

        I agree. I cannot stand Kate Winslet anyway, even if I were to ignore the Polanski stuff (she has a LOT of other shady sh!t in her closet). But you are correct about Cate Blanchet — she should be called out more because of her support of Polanski, and I don’t understand why she isn’t.

  2. Jolly says:

    I guess better late than never but it’s still so disappointing

  3. Moxylady says:

    Lord. The thirst of this one. You aren’t one of us. Acting like you are is an insult. Just …. shut your mouth.

  4. P says:

    Please, she wants another Oscar nom or win. This is her new way to campaign.

  5. Léna says:

    Did she suddenly changed her publicist / manager ?

  6. Lindy says:

    Editing since I just read the comment above about how she worked with Allen as recently as 3 years ago. Yeah. Gross. That’s bad.

    I guess I don’t feel like this stuff is really all that negative. If it is, it’s not different from most Hollywood press interviews. I’m glad she’s openly disavowed Polanski and Allen, though I completely agree that their behavior was a known quantity and it would’ve been great had more stars refused to work with them this whole time. I don’t know why we’d hold Winslet to a higher standard than we do others in that case, though.

    I actually like the fact that she’s acknowledging the reality that there’s a whole lot about her industry that’s not required, and that the pandemic has taught us that we can get a lot done without having to travel for work. I also like the fact that she admits that at 45, it’s a lot harder to cram herself into gowns and get fancied up.

    I do wish that *all* actors would just be honest about the fact that most of them want an Oscar. Why wouldn’t you want the highest accolade in your field? Why is it shameful to admit that? Is it because acting is supposed to be about the art, and somehow wanting the Oscar sullies that? I’ve never understood the refusal to admit that they all want an Oscar.

  7. Lyli says:

    Love her comment about how in this day and age, it’s absolutely foolish to fly here and there for such things. We’re in a climate crisis. Preach it!

  8. Mtec says:

    Ugh, she’s always seemed so thirsty for awards, specially Oscars, and really try-hard— which is fine, ‘cause ofc that’s a major goal for a lot of people in film—but trying to make it seem she’s the opposite of that, and that she’s just so regular and doesn’t care about anything, not even her appearance. It seems very disingenuous. At least to me.

    She also gives me Scarjo vibes and vice-versa. I feel like this is what we’ll be hearing from Scarlett in 10 years *eyeroll* 🙄

  9. Ferdinand says:

    Kate “I want another Oscar” Winslet.

    And no shame, she’s one of the best actress of her generation and she’s had multiple nominations, and let’s be honest the reader wasn’t even her best job.

  10. Travelin says:

    I’m glad she finally condemning them now. But it is a bit late. She doesn’t get any credit in my book especially after waiting so long. And she just recently worked with Woody Allen. Like what- 3 years ago? She worked with them to get what she wanted and didn’t care about what they did. I think she even spoke out in defense of them but I might be misremembering that.

    Honestly I think the whole interview she is trying to be likable but it turns me off. And yet I still want to like her. Maybe some of the other commentators can shine some light on why this whole interview is problematic.

  11. Anna says:

    I always had soft spot for her, but she makes it very, very hard.

  12. Miranda says:

    I mean…I’m glad she had that epiphany, even if it was ridiculously late, but damn. I cannot imagine wanting anything so badly that I’d play along with a pedophile to get it. Much less TWO pedophiles and a prolific rapist. How the hell can you value a stupid statue over a little girl’s innocence?

    • Lilah casting says:

      She just simply didn’t care that’s how and why.

    • BnLurkN4eva says:

      Perhaps this is why she’s been downplaying caring about awards because she wants to get ahead of that argument being used as the reason she was willing to look the other way. I think KW is one of the best actress period and have always enjoyed watching her. She’s also always a disappointment in her real life to me, which is why I rarely read her interviews.

  13. Heylee says:

    In 2017 on press junket for Wonder Wheel Kate said in an interview with the LA Times that she was honored to join the “extraordinary lineage” of actresses playing amazing female characters that “amazing and talented” Woody had created.

    She then went on to talk about how magical it was to film where Woody grew up and could just imagine him skipping down the road with an ice cream in his hands…

    Yeah, okay. For me, no, I will never see her movies again. I’ve read the transcripts from the trial involving Dylan Farrow. They are at least two decades old? The controversy that surrounds Woody Allen is almost as long and storied as his career. Kate made her choice to look at one and not the other.

    • Darla says:

      I still see her movies, if I’m interested. I just won’t ever be down with cancelling women for what men do. She didn’t react well, but she didn’t rape anyone either. I find her to be one of the most inauthentic people, but I could also be wrong, and don’t really care very much anyway.

      • Lilah casting says:

        Is not about cancellin her it shouldn’t be but they have to be called out she wasn’t a young starving starlet hitting her first big role she could have said no she didn’t even have to give an explainaition as why if renown respected actors choose not to work for abusers maybe the abusers stop working.

      • Darla says:

        Yes that’s true. But I wonder how many of them aren’t abusers? In some way? For example, I’d love to know what went down on the Justice League set. WB thought they were going to bury that and Ray Fischer along with it. But with Momoa speaking up, what now? And what in hell happened? This brings me back to stories about Joss Whedon, especially in regards to Charisma Carpenter on the Angel series.

        It makes you wonder how difficult it is to avoid abusive directors.

      • Lizzie Bathory says:

        @Darla, I think it’s not easy to avoid abusers in that business. Jason Momoa is a good guy who looks out for his co-workers. Emilia Clarke has said he stood up for her when she was being exploited on the GOT set. They were having her do nude scenes & *didn’t even give her a robe* until Jason stepped in. She was so new she didn’t realize how messed up that was.

      • Case says:

        @Darla, I agree I’ll still see her movies, as I still see and enjoy movies with ScarJo, Cate Blanchett, Emma Stone, Hugh Jackman, etc. Even my unproblematic fave Tom Hiddleston has worked with him. I’m not going to withhold money from people simply for who they’ve worked with. I’m very excited for Ammonite, actually, and I do think Kate is a good actress. There are a lot of people in Hollywood who are jerks, who make bad choices, and who work with bad people. I can’t cancel all of them because to be honest, I love film and if I canceled everyone who made bad choices I’d have no movies left to watch. I try not to give my money to actors and musicians who have actually abused or harassed people, but other than that? Meh. Kate Winslet didn’t do what Woody Allen did. I don’t particularly LIKE Kate, but I don’t particularly like a lot of celebrities, lol. Doesn’t mean they’re not good at their job.

    • sunny says:

      This part is 100%. It is not just that she worked with these men but that she defended them. When Wonder Wheel came out the public was pretty much done with Allen and talking openly about what he did to Dylan and yet she still took that role and defended him.

      It is laughable that she claims she doesn’t care about Oscars when she has spent a lot of time campaigning for them.

      She is a truly great actress but she comes off as kind of awful person. During the spring, I saw her do a Q&A for a virtual event with TIFF and honestly, she ran right over the interviewer and was insanely self-involved. It was a lot.

      Glad she is at least acknowledging past choices here such as they are.

  14. Melissa says:

    I can’t put my finger on it, but I somehow like her less after reading this. It just feels so pandering, like she had a checklist of hot topics to hit.

  15. Kittylouise says:

    She is always so disingenuous, and always has been. Wanted to be seen as the girl next door when she’s been a high flying and ambitious actor for years now. What’s wrong with the ambition? Why downplay it in order to seem like you’re just like another other woman with a regular life? I like her as an actress but her inauthenticity is grating.

    • Falafel says:

      I think it’s a Brit thing as well. They have something similar to the tall poppy syndrome. Remember her comments about how talking about money is so vulgar? It’s so British to hide your ambition.

  16. Ennie says:

    I really don’t like her, at all. I can stand her very early movies, not anything beyond that.

  17. February-Pisces says:

    I love her as an actress, but she should have known better. Everyone has known what these men are like and she did turn a blind eye. It’s not as if she’s a struggling actress desperate for work, she can pick and chose whatever work she wants.

    I also hate how actors pretend they don’t want an Oscar. Like seriously, who are you trying to kid.

  18. Jess says:

    Wow, you all really don’t like her! She’s hitting all the “right” talking points: not wanting to work with evil directors, not poisoning the earth. She is self-depricating and she doesn’t mention wanting an award once; the opposite! Not sure why you are all attacking her for this. Am I msising something?

    • Lilpeppa says:

      No offense meant but I find this comment a bit disingenuous @Jess. People have said why they don’t like her in their comments. And it is tied to the fact that she seems to be hitting all the “right” talking points simply as a matter of lip service. I don’t know Kate Winslet but the points people are making are pretty solid imo. She worked with and gushed about working with Woody Allen three years ago when he’s been known to be awful for decades. She says she doesn’t want an Oscar but her actions prove otherwise and in any event, what’s wrong with wanting an Oscar? Don’t we all want to excel in our respective fields? You’re free to like her and feel that she’s being honest but the comments are clearly explaining why others don’t find her so; therefore anything you’re “missing” seems somewhat deliberate

      • Tia says:

        She’s hitting all the right talking points, she’s just not showing any evidence of any actions to back them up. I mean, it’s hardly groundbreaking today to say you won’t work with Harvey Weinstein.

        Also, mentioning you don’t want to campaign for an Oscar (multiple times during the usual Oscar campaign season) is a well known way *of* campaigning for said Oscar. It lets people associate the words ‘Oscar’ and ‘Kate Winslet’ without her getting criticised for being ‘thirsty’ the way Natalie Portman (for example) was.

        For some reason actors (particularly women) aren’t allowed to show they really want professional recognition. It’s really odd and very British actually (it’s seen as vulgar to talk yourself up) but I’m surprised it seems to be required of an American award like an Oscar.

  19. Eva says:

    But I actually love how she’s talking about the stupidity and wastefulness of the media circus that surrounds the release of movies. So much money, time, work and air travel that could be saved for more important things.

    • Darla says:

      Yeah but she’s so FOS that I can smell it from here. Come on.

    • Kristina says:

      I’m more annoyed she’s talking about the wastefulness of hollywood culture and yet she’s paid millions and millions of dollars. I’m sure she lives a nice lifestyle too. The amount of money actors are paid is ludicrous but if you’re ok taking those checks – even if you donate to charity – stop acting like you’re not part of this machine. You want that money to build classrooms? Bye bye to that salary. It’s so offensive to me when I hear actors that are paid this ungodly amount of money and have the audacity to speak out of both sides of their mouth. Or at the very least appreciate what wearing those “wasteful” outfits and shoes could do for up and coming, struggling designers. Unless you have a contract with a major house….but then that’s on you.

  20. Darla says:

    LOL. What a write up. I laughed through the whole thing,, well done kaiser. She really is insufferable.

  21. reef says:

    She’s so full of sh t. lol. It’s so absurd. She’s not wrong about Polanski, Weinstein, and Allen being held in high regard amongst her Hollywood peers. She made calculated moves because she was ambitious, desperately wanted that Oscar, and being in one of those 3 men’s movies almost guaranteed that. That’s too honest of an admission to make though. Now it’s en vogue to be nonchalant about how an Oscar is no big deal and that it’s somewhere buried under her house or wherever nondescript place celebrities say they place awards they sold their soul to get say it is.

  22. Grant says:

    I like Kate Winslet for some reason–probably nostalgia, I enjoy watching her on screen, I don’t know… Sue me. But even I think this stinks. Wasn’t she waxing poetic about working with Woody two years ago? And now she’s flipped 180 degrees? Seems very disingenuous.

  23. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    With all the “f@ckings,” and ranting about waste, over-the-top glam, environmental responsibility, workplace harassment….that piece reads extremely performative, stressfully performative at that. It feels like she had a list of boxes to tick. So no, not buying this poor, misunderstood, just-wanna-run-around-in-jeans-with-no-makeup, easygoing aging Hollywood star. 🙄

  24. Lively says:

    Kate just say I didn’t care and leave FFS
    She’s insufferable

  25. kelly says:

    Eh, no. Great that you say that it was a bad idea to work with Polanski and Allen. But since it was 3 years ago, it feels like when my daughter says “remember when I used to wear pink?” and she’s 13 talking about when she was 10, like it was eons ago, but it wasn’t- it was a few years ago, just like you, Kate.
    Anyhoo, pony up the money you made on those bad guys and donate it toward those classrooms you were talking about.
    I want to like her, but she’s a bunch of empty words every time. The cussing is so try-hard, too. Just cut it out.

  26. lanne says:

    It’s such a shame to me that we hold women to higher standards than we hold the men who do the evil things. Face it, even talented, successful actors are a dime a dozen, and if Kate Winslet disappeared, no one would likely notice. If you want to work as an actor, then you have to play the game. That means doing the Oscar pole dance and working with the “great directors.” Because even though we know Allen and Polanski are bad dudes, they were still the ones creating the roles that were greenlighted, and although Allen’s movie came out in 2017, it was likely 2015/2016 when she got involved.

    I think for many years, actresses just kept their heads down and did the best they could with the work they had. I will side eye an actor who works with Allen and Polanski (and expects people to love them for it) if they sign on to a project now, but before 2018, these were people who were playing the game the best they could. You’re only as good as your last film, and prestige matters for actors–especially if they wanted roles that went beyond sexpot love interest. Hopefully this is changing, as more women and POC can greenlight films, and people can leverage what power they have to make those films. But I can’t see an actor like Kate Winslet as someone who has any power. She has success, and popularity, but that doesn’t equal power. She probably isn’t really paid the big bucks anymore, and I doubt she ever really was to begin with.
    I just can’t hate on her for working w/Polanski and Allen. Not when she was a part of a culture that idolized and celebrated these guys, (this was the case her whole career), and likely her agents, managers, etc were pressuring her to work with these guys, and perhaps studio heads were pressuring her to work with them so that she could then do other work she wanted to do. I think people really overestimate the power that actors have, even Oscar winners, or people who have acted in major films. They are all replaceable, esp. the women, and esp. the women over age 30. The horror stories of women in Hollywood go back to the start of the industry. Just surviving there is an achievement.

    • Jules says:

      So well said, and the only comment here with some thought behind it. Cancel culture is the new thing but it’s too extreme to apply to everyone and every situation. Gotta let people grow and learn and change.

    • Lizzie Bathory says:

      @lanne Thank you! If you want to be a successful actor, you have to navigate a business that is *extremely* problematic (especially for women). If you want to get the kinds of parts Kate Winslet gets, part of the job is an Oscar campaign, just like you agree to do press for any other big project.

      And the truth is, that business is full of predatory people with lots of power over actors (Bryan Singer’s not in prison, Polanski & Woody Allen probably never will be). I think most people who continue in the business find ways to reconcile that reality with their own desires for their careers. And another truth about the business? Even if you know someone is abusive–even if they have abused you, as an actor–you generally can’t talk about it. If you want to keep working, you probably even have to praise them in interviews. So I’ll save my outrage for the abusers & the toxic system that has protected them for so long.

  27. Regina Falangie says:

    The more she speaks the less I like her
    and she speaks a lot!!!

  28. Gobo says:

    Fuck her. She has no excuse. She was challenged on this all the way along and never wavered in her defence. It’s not even like she was some ingenuity who didn’t know better. She just thought her art placed her beyond reproach.

  29. Kristen says:

    I’m a little bit baffled by how much negativity she’s getting here for saying something about Woody Allen and Roman Polanski. If she were to defend them or herself for working with them, she’d be hated for that, but now that she’s expressing regret, she’s still being insulted.

    If we want societal change, individuals have to have the room change, and we have to realize that our own timelines aren’t everyone’s timelines.

    • norab says:

      I agree about people’s own timelines. Everyone learns at her own pace. But, she’s always blowing big sweeping empty statements out of her bum. Plus, she’d be insane to NOT say what she’s saying about Polanski and Woody after a lot of other women did the “me too” dirty work. She’s just hopped on the back of the train, because she has to. I’m not baffled, but rather pleased to see that the peeps here know disingenuous fluff when they read it.

    • Gobo says:

      Because she has been questioned on this for years and has always defended her choice to knowingly work with them. Suddenly she’s changed her mind, rather conveniently as she promotes a film with an audience who are likely to take issue with this previous work. It comes across as insincere and pandering.

  30. Marigold says:

    I do like the lack of make up and moving toward comfort and less waste. That is what has happened to me during the pandemic. Comfortable clothes. No make up or very little. But I’ve upped my skincare routine (thanks TikTok) and my 58 year old skin looks better.

  31. FF says:

    She just wants to get paid now that the tide has turned. When she thought it could benefit her she was caping for Allen and Polanski like her life depended on it.

    I actually lol’d at the desperation when it was announced she’d be working with James Cameron again.

    She needs the money, that’s the root of this change of heart.

  32. Geeena says:

    It’d be cool if she used this downtime to boost awareness for some organizations and causes that benefit the issues she’s mentioning here so flippantly*. Just little things, even naming a few of organizations she’s supporting. Maybe take some of the money she earned working for these predators she’s disavowing and put it to a good cause, lest this interview, and the ones to follow, come off like a subtle award hustle.

    *for us regular normies, not wearing bespoke gowns every season and skipping make up and working out is not revolutionary. I get most stars never shittalk the industry, but I’m not impressed with this interview. It comes off extremely disingenuous and about as faux relatable as one can get without going full Jennifer Lawrence.

  33. Elizabeth says:

    Ammonite looks so gray, depressing, and morbid. I’m so over lesbian movies that are painful and miserable and Victorian. I would love more representation of my community but COME ON.

    Also Kate gets zero passes. She has had an insane career and didn’t need to work with Woody Allen on a dumb forgettable movie that bombed. She did not need to. She chose to. Same with Polanski. It was just to show that a vile criminal man was untouchable.

  34. NonStahp says:

    Actors aren’t gurus or enlightened persons. They work jobby jobs just like the rest. I worked for a MAGA couple but had mortgage to pay. Fox Fing News was on in the lobby bit by the grace of God the pandemic hit & I faked covid to beat it outta there, 1man off boat. I give her a break in this messes up world. We’re all doing our best.

    • Jules says:

      This cannot be repeated enough: Actors aren’t gurus or enlightened persons. We really have to look at who we look up to in this world and why.

  35. Mariane says:

    I would’ve respected her if she owned her mistake instead of shifting blame & using fake excuses. The industry was divided by this & most Alist actors decided against working with woody. I mean its why diane Keaton is no longer has much attention as she’s a ardent defender of woody because as she said he’s “nice to work with”!!!

  36. True says:

    This Titanic actress was not friends with Harley Weinstein as well. I still don’t understand how Hollywood is not investigated.

  37. Sarah says:

    Just three years ago she was publicly defending Woody Allen and claiming that she didn’t know Dylan Farrow so didn’t know what to believe. So forgive me if I roll my eyes at her. Also, if she finds award shows so wasteful, why does she attend them every chance she gets? She can choose to sit them out.

  38. Helio says:

    I rarely leave a comment,but….. She is so fake.

  39. Sayrah says:

    This is tough. I want to say how much I love her and think she looks amazing and hung the moon but just 3 years ago? She was already REALLY well established.

  40. SJR says:

    We were all wondering that at the time Kate.
    What a load of attention seeking BS this is, to come around now years later and draw PR to herself by finally claiming to wake up to what horrible, awful men these 2 are.

    Anyone who works w/Polanski or Allen is by association also an awful person. Decades ago they both showed their true colors.
    Still turned off by Pierce Brosnan working with Polanski.
    And these are wealthy actors knowingly choosing to work with them, not some young actor who needs a job.

  41. serena says:

    Am I tripping or didn’t she justify her working with Polanski a few years ago (because of ‘art’ or something like that)?

  42. RoyalBlue says:

    looks like life imitating art. that rose was a selfish piece of work when she chose not to share the door with jack.

    she knew and heard the rumors all along and still chose to work with and defend these predators because it benefitted her. you know very well what you were thinking. ugh.