Kate Winslet regrets working with Woody Allen and Roman Polanski
Kate Winslet has admitted that she regrets working with Woody Allen and Roman Polanski.
The Titanic actress has previously defended working with the two directors, but in a new interview, she acknowledged that she ‘can always do better’.
Speaking to Vanity Fair, the 44-year-old said she wanted to ‘do her bit’ in setting an example for younger women by ‘having some proper integrity’.
She said: ‘It’s like, what the f*** 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***ing 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***ing truthful about all of it?’
Allen, 84, has been accused of abuse by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, who alleges that he sexually molested her when she was seven years old.
The Annie Hall star has repeatedly denied the allegation.
Polanski, 87, was arrested and charged with drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977, with the director pleading guilty to the lesser charge of unlawful sex with a minor.
However, before sentencing, he fled the US to go to Paris where, as a French citizen, he is protected from extradition.
The charges are still pending; three other women have since accused Polanski of rape.
Winslet worked with Polanski on the 2011 film Carnage, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for best actress.
And in 2017, she starred in Allen’s film Wonder Wheel, which also starred Jim Belushi and Justin Timberlake.
During the press tour for Wonder Wheel – which received mixed reviews – Winslet was asked about whether the allegations against Allen gave her pause.
At the time, the Oscar winner told the New York Times: ‘Of course one thinks about it. But at the same time, I didn’t know Woody and I don’t know anything about that family. As an actor in the film, you just have to step away and say, I don’t know anything, really, and whether any of it is true or false.
‘Having thought it all through, you put it to one side and just work with the person. Woody Allen is an incredible director. So is Roman Polanski. I had an extraordinary working experience with both of those men, and that’s the truth.’
Winslet’s new film, Ammonite, will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this week.
The drama sees her play British palaeontologist Mary Anning, and centres on Anning’s romantic relationship with Charlotte, played by Saoirse Ronan.
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