Kate Winslet has been very vocal about the Harvey Weinstein allegations. She released a statement calling his behavior “disgraceful and appalling,” which was followed by an interview explaining why she absolutely refused to thank him in her Best Actress speech at the 2009 Oscars. She had a lot of words for Harvey. All that talking must have hit Kate’s threshold for speaking out against high-powered alleged sexual predators in Hollywood. Because when it came time recently to talk about the allegations against Woody Allen, Kate just didn’t have the energy to get into that.
Kate talked to Variety to promote her upcoming movie, Wonder Wheel. It’s a Woody Allen movie, and working with that creep is something you can’t exactly side-step during a press tour. Except Kate kind of did. Kate explained last month to The New York Times why she chose to “think” about the allegations of child abuse that have plagued Woody for decades before agreeing to work with him. Kate said she chose to “put it to one side” and work with “the person.” During her interview with Variety, she was asked about the allegations and the backlash she has been facing for working with Woody. That conversation was just too heavy for Kate.
“Um.” [Winslet narrates her own silence.] She pauses. “It’s just a difficult discussion. I’d rather respectfully not enter it today.”
Kate was then asked about the criticism she faced after she told The New York Times that Woody provided “an extraordinary working experience.” Kate would like to leave that conversation alone too.
“I don’t read how people respond to things. We’re always as actors going to say the wrong thing. I think it’s better to respectfully step away from the discussion.”
Kate also said again that her mother, who passed away this year, was “so proud” she was working with Woody Allen.
Wonder Wheel comes out in December, and then there’s awards season. So I highly doubt this will be the last time Kate will be asked about him. It’s got to be so exhausting, constantly wiping the guilt from your conscience. Poor Kate. Variety says that Kate is getting “Oscar buzz” for Wonder Wheel, so I’m sure she’s going to work that angle to get out of talking about Woody in future interviews
Interviewer: “So Kate, there’s been a lot of backlash against…”
Kate: “Don’t care, Oscar.”
Interviewer: “Is there anything you would say to people who…”
Kate: “I said Oscar.“
And when that gets too tiring, she can answer with a picture of an Oscar with a note on top that says: “Give me this.”