Kate Winslet Clarifies Comments on Hollywood's Gender Pay Gap: 'I Have Never Concerned Myself with Monetary Matters'
For the record, Kate Winslet is still not interested in addressing Hollywood’s gender pay gap – at least not much.
In a new interview with Deadline.com, the actress, 40, once again demurred when she was asked about the issue Jennifer Lawrence brought to the fore in October when she published a frank essay titled “Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co-Stars?” in Lena Dunham‘s Lenny newsletter.
“I have never concerned myself with monetary matters,” Winslet said when asked about Lawrence’s comments. “I almost feel like I can’t comment on other people’s comments, but I admire people who publicly stand up for themselves.”
In October, the Oscar winner told BBC Newsbeat she was “having such a problem with these conversations” about the gender pay discrepancy, admitting that perhaps “it’s a British thing. I don’t like talking about money; it’s a bit vulgar isn’t it?”
Winslet reiterated that stance more gently in the new interview, telling Deadline that “I’ve never been in the situation where I feel the need to make those types of comments.”
She continued: “I have a nice life and career and I’m blessed to be 40 years old and still doing it. However, it reminds me of the comments that I made on women and body image. At 40, I’m still getting asked questions about those statements that I made years ago. At 45, Jennifer Lawrence will still be asked about the pay issue.”
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Winslet, who is earning Oscar buzz for her portrayal of Apple’s head of marketing Joanne Hoffman in Steve Jobs, also spoke about failing to win the Oscar five consecutive times before finally landing a trophy for The Reader in 2009.
In short, she’s glad things played out the way they did.
“I don’t think it would have been good for me winning at a younger age,” she said. “I would then feel the pressure of having done something and maintaining that level of a winning streak. Rather, I could keep working and trying hard.
“After being nominated the first time, that was completely surreal. It was so otherworldly, I never imagined that I would win it then and I was never disappointed [over not winning],” she also said. “You have to be a good loser.”