Kate Winslet recently had a chat to BBC Newspeak and the conversation veered into discussing gender pay gaps.
It’s a hot topic over in the U.S and caused headlines again after Jennifer Lawrence wrote an essay on the issue.
There’s unlikely to be an essay from Winslet because she says it’s never been an issue for her personally.
“I’m having such a problem with these conversations,” said Winslet.
“I understand why they are coming out but maybe it’s a British thing. I don’t like talking about money; it’s a bit vulgar isn’t it?”
“I don’t think it’s a very nice conversation to have publicly at all.”
“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.”
Winslet also stressed that it would be “dangerous” for her to comment on other people’s comments.
When asked if she’s ever had to deal with sexism in the film industry she answered, “honestly, no.”
She then added “and if I’d ever been in that situation I would have either dealt with it or removed myself from it. 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.”
Kate Winslet stars in the new movie about Steve Jobs, which opens in cinemas next week.
After the brief pay gap discussion Ms Winslet was given the opportunity to discuss her craft (male and female creatives not getting to discuss their work in interviews much these days irks me so much. Not to undermine worldly issues, but I watch re-runs of Inside the Actors Studio to get my behind-the-scenes fix on understanding their craft).
She says the role of Joanna Hoffman was a challenging one.
Her character of Hoffman was part of the original Macintosh launch team and hugely respected by Steve Jobs.
“When I read the description of Joanna as being this Polish-American immigrant I just thought, ‘right and that’s supposed to be me?'”
In regards to nailing the accent of a Polish-American immigrant she found it “incredibly frustrating and really difficult” and swore a lot at home trying to get it right. Her kids must surely enjoy getting insight into the working life of a top level thespian right there. “FUCK this! Don’t repeat that kiddos, but seriously, fuck sake.”
Finally, she spoke about balancing work and life. She has three children.
“I’m juggling a thousand balls and probably dropping them as good as everyone else is.
“I get down time and I also get to choose,” she says. “As a woman, for me, that’s huge because obviously I want to have time with my children and I get plenty of it so I do feel very lucky.”