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Kate Winslet “regrets” working with certain “men of power”

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Emily Reynolds
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Kate Winslet has come under fire for appearing in Woody Allen’s latest film. But now it looks like she might be apologising. 

Kate Winslet’s latest role, as housewife Ginny in Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel, has put her somewhat under fire. Long-standing allegations against the writer and director have been re-publicised following the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, with alleged victim Dylan Farrow giving her first televised interview on the topic at the beginning of the year.

But now Winslet seems to have – in a roundabout way – apologised for her involvement with Allen.

Speaking at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards on January 28, Winslet expressed her “bitter regrets” at working with “individuals whom I wish I had not”.

“”There are directors, producers and men of power who have for decades been awarded and applauded for their highly regarded work… I wouldn’t be able to stand here this evening and keep to myself some bitter regrets that I have at poor decisions to work with individuals with whom I wish I had not,” she said. “It has become clear to me that by not saying anything, I might be adding to the anguish of many courageous women and men. “

“Sexual abuse is a crime. While it rests with the rule of law to pass judgement, it lies with all of us to listen to the smallest of voices and to never stop listening.”

“Also those who do have a voice are becoming afraid to say anything because of intense scrutiny and criticism. Nobody should be exempt from having a right to speak in support of vulnerable people.”

Winslet had previously defended Allen, telling the Sydney Morning Herald that on “some level Woody is a woman”. 

“I just think he’s very in touch with that side of himself. He understands the female characters he creates exceptionally well,” she said. “His female characters are always so rich and large and honest in terms of how they’re feeling and he just knows how to write dialogue for them to communicate all that.” 

This didn’t escape Dylan Farrow’s attention, either, with Farrow calling out Winslet in an LA Times op-ed. 

“Although the culture seems to be shifting rapidly, my allegation is apparently still just too complicated, too difficult… to confront,” Farrow said. “It breaks my heart when women and men I admire work with Allen, then refuse to answer questions about it.”

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