Kate Winslet Says Her Comments About 'Vulgar' Pay Gap Discussion Were 'Misinterpreted'

In November, Kate Winslet declined to take part in a conversation about the pay gap in Hollywood—a conversation that Jennifer Lawrence and Sandra Bullock, among others, have publicly championed since the Sony hacks. At the time, Winslet called the conversation “vulgar,” adding, “I don’t think that’s a very nice conversation to have publicly at all.”

She elaborated in an interview with the BBC:

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 am a very lucky woman and I’m quite happy with how things are ticking along.

I find all this quite uncomfortable. I haven’t ever felt that I’ve really had to stick up for myself just because I’m a woman.


In that interview, Winslet was responding to Jennifer Lawrence’s essay on Lenny in which the actresses lamented pay inequality in Hollywood as well as her own guilt for “fail[ing] as a negotiator.”

Last night, in an interview with E Online, Winslet said those comments were “misinterpreted.” “When you’re talking about specifics of pay that is a line of questioning I really had a hard time with,” Winslet said. “So my remarks were in response to that but only that. Of course, we should be paid the same as the boys. We want to stand alongside them.”

Winslet also said that she supported Lawrence’s essay, saying, “Hopefully these discussions will continue to support the efforts that are being made all over the world for the right to equal pay in this field and all other industries.”

“Of course women should be paid the same as men” Winslet added. “Of course they should. Of course I should.”


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