Kate Winslet, who has worked with both Woody Allen and Roman Polanski, now says Hollywood’s high regard of the directors is ‘f—— disgraceful’

  • Kate Winslet has said she "regrets" working with Woody Allen and Roman Polanski, and she thinks Hollywood's high regard for the directors is "f—— disgraceful." 
  • "What the f— was I doing working with Woody Allen and Roman Polanski?" Winslet said during a candid interview with Vanity Fair.  "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—— disgraceful."
  • Winslet, 44, starred alongside Justin Timberlake in Woody Allen's 2017 period drama "Wonder Wheel," and was part of Roman Polanski's large ensemble in the 2011 black comedy "Carnage."   
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Kate Winslet has said she "regrets" working with Woody Allen and Roman Polanski, and she thinks Hollywood's high regard for the directors is "f—— disgraceful." 

"What the f— was I doing working with Woody Allen and Roman Polanski?" Winslet said during a candid interview with Vanity Fair.  "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—— disgraceful."

She added: "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—— truthful about all of it?"

Winslet, 44, starred alongside Justin Timberlake in Woody Allen's 2017 period drama "Wonder Wheel," and was part of Roman Polanski's large ensemble in the 2011 black comedy "Carnage."   

Roman Polanski and Kate Winslet attend the premiere of "Carnage."
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In 1992, it was revealed that Allen, then aged 57, was having an affair with his adoptive daughter Soon-Yi Previn, then aged 21. After the affair was made public, his then-wife, actor Mia Farrow — who worked on 1968's "Rosemary's Baby" with Roman Polanski — divorced and publicly denounced the "Annie Hall' director and accused him of sexually abusing their other adoptive daughter, Dylan, then seven years old. 

Woody Allen was investigated by authorities but was never charged with any crimes, and has consistently maintained his innocence.

Meanwhile, Polanski pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor after having sex with an 13-year-old girl in 1978, but fled the United States before he could be prosecuted. Several other women have since accused him of sexual misconduct, allegations which he has denied.

Despite all of this, Polanski won the Best Director Oscar in 2003 for his WW2 epic "The Pianist" and has continued to freely produce films in Europe that premiere at major film festivals; last year he won Best Director at the Cesar Awards, France's top film awards, for his movie "An Officer and a Spy." 

Following the explosion of the #MeToo movement in 2018, Polanski, 87, was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscar academy). 

Winslet is now set to star alongside Saoirse Ronan in "Ammonite" the British writer-director Francis Lee's follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut, "God's Own Country."

The film, set in the 1800s on the southern coast of England, follows the life of the paleontologist Mary Anning, played by Winslet, who develops an intense romantic relationship with a much younger married woman, played by Ronan.

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