"I don't think that's a very nice conversation to have publicly at all," Kate Winslet said

By Jodi Guglielmi
Updated November 11, 2015 03:55 PM
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Some of Hollywood’s top leading ladies have recently shared their thoughts on sexism within the film industry. But when it comes to talk of salaries and the gender pay gap issue, Kate Winslet would much prefer to keep that private.

“I’m having such a problem with these conversations,” Winslet, 40, told BBC Newsbeat.

“I understand why they are coming up but maybe it’s a British thing,” she continued. “I don’t like talking about money; it’s a bit vulgar isn’t it?”

While a number of celebrities have rallied behind Jennifer Lawrence for speaking frankly about making less money than her male costars, Winslet prefers that financial issues be handled more discreetly.

“I don’t think that’s a very nice conversation to have publicly at all,” she said. “I’m quite surprised by these conversations to be honest, simply because it seems quite a strange thing to be discussing out in the open like that.”

“I’m a very lucky woman and I’m quite happy with how things are ticking along,” she added.

When asked if she’s ever been faced with sexism in the film industry, the actress simply replied, “Honestly, no.”

She added that she’s never experienced any unfair professional treatment due to her gender.

“And If I’d ever been in that situation I would have either dealt with it or removed myself from it,” she said. “I haven’t ever felt that I’ve really had to stick up for myself just because I’m a woman.”

Winslet’s comments come the same week that Variety released a new report that features some encouraging news in the equal pay department – at least for Scarlett Johansson.

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According to their latest cover story, Johansson earns roughly the same pay from the Avengers series as her male costars Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth. However, the trade reports that Robert Downey Jr. still leads the pack when it comes to Avengers cast paychecks.