Kate Winslet is embarrassed by the Hollywood pay gap conversation

One actress doesn’t want to talk about the pay gap.

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While a movement in Hollywood is gaining steam to demand equal pay for male and female actors, there are still a few who would rather stay out of the fight, including Kate Winslet.

I’m having such a problem with these conversations,” she told BBC Newsbeat on Wednesday. “I understand why they are coming up but maybe it’s a British thing. I don’t like talking about money; it’s a bit vulgar isn’t it?”

She continued, “I don’t think that’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.”

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Ever since leaked documents from last summer’s Sony Entertainment hack revealed the huge gap in pay between male and female costars on a number of movies, stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Lena Dunham and Bradley Cooper have been campaigning publicly for equal pay for women in Hollywood. But according to Winslet, sexism isn’t a problem in the film industry; when asked if she’s experienced it, she replied, “Honestly, no.”

“I’m a very lucky woman and I’m quite happy with how things are ticking along,” she said, adding, “And If I’d ever been in that situation I would have either dealt with it or removed myself from it. I haven’t ever felt that I’ve really had to stick up for myself just because I’m a woman.”

Of course, when Winslet says she’s never encountered sexism, she must not be counting the times she spoke out against body-shaming in the industry or when she was viciously slut-shamed for having children with multiple partners outside of marriage. Potato, potahto, right?

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Are you on Kate Winslet’s side? Are you ready for the pay gap talk to die down? Or do you think her complacency contributes to the problem? Head down to the comments and share your thoughts.


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