After nearly three decades in the business, actress Kate Winslet has pretty much done it all from winning an Oscar to starring in one of the biggest films ever made.
She’s also delightfully frank in interviews, often offering smart answers, wit and the occasional bit of healthy vulgarity. In a recent interview for Vanity Fair she got a little reflective whilst out promoting the festival release of Francis Lee’s period lesbian romantic drama “Ammonite”.
Lee’s follow-up film to his acclaimed Yorkshire male farmhands in love feature “God’s Own Country,” the new film follows mid-19th century British palaeontologist Mary Anning (Winslet) who is tasked with taking care of a man’s wife (Saoirse Ronan) recovering from a personal tragedy. The two women are soon caught up in an all-consuming love affair that changes their lives forever.
Having worked on this film and with a very well-liked director like Lee, combined with the rise of the #MeToo movement, it has made her second guess working with people like Woody Allen and Roman Polanski:
“‘Ammonite’ has made me really aware of being even more committed to honoring what women want to be saying for themselves in films and how we really want to be portrayed, regardless of sexual orientation. 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 f–ked 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?”
Several actors have disavowed their previous work with Allen and Polanski after the #MeToo movement brought their controversial pasts – Allen’s alleged sexual abuse and Polanski’s rape conviction – back into the spotlight.
Winslet is receiving serious awards buzz for her work in “Ammonite” which will be released in select cinemas on November 13th.