A huge controversial debate was sparked late last year after an email hack at Sony revealed a pay gap between the cast members of David O. Russell's blockbuster American Hustle. The film, which featured some of Hollywood's most bankable celebrities, drew attention to the fact that Jennifer Lawrence earned considerably less than her male co-stars, Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale.
The revelation prompted Lawrence to write an essay on the gender pay gap which was published in Lena Dunham's newsletter Lenny in October. Several other influential figures emerged to show their support for JLaw's declaration, such as Bradley Cooper, Emma Watson, Jessica Chastain. However, when Kate Winslet was asked to comment, her choice of words landed her with global criticism.
In an interview with BBC Newsbeat The Dressmaker star declared,
"I'm having such a problem with these conversations. 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? 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."
Referring to the debate as 'vulgar' and in bad taste, the British star went on to acknowledge that she's lucky enough to have never been put in a place where she's had to question her position in relation to her gender.
"I am a very lucky woman and I'm quite happy with how things are ticking along. I haven't ever felt that I've really had to stick up for myself just because I'm a woman."
Now, in an interview with E!, Winslet has suggested that her remarks were 'misinterpreted' and were only intended in reference to the specifics of pay, a topic which is generally taboo in British conversation culture.
"When you're talking about specifics of pay that is a line of questioning I really had a hard time with. 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."
On Lawrence's essay, Winslet commented,
"It was a very difficult situation for her. 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."
Which essentially means that she's in full support of the moved pulled by The Hunger Games actress. Hurrah!
"For my entire career, I've really stood for women's rights and I will always remain entirely committed to empowering women and the right to equal pay is a fundamental part of that. Of course women should be paid the same as men. Of course they should. Of course I should."
Thanks for clearing that up, Kate!
Kate Winslet stars opposite Liam Hemsworth in 'The Dressmaker', in theaters now: