Kate Winslet Finds Talk of Gender Pay Gap 'a Bit Vulgar'

by Jackie Willis 6:03 AM PST, November 13, 2015
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While several A-list actors have come forward in support of Jennifer Lawrence's op-ed on the gender wage gap in Hollywood, Kate Winslet finds the discussion to be in poor taste.

"I'm having such a problem with these conversations," the 40-year-old actress told BBC's Newsbeat. "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?"

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Winslet added that she's shocked that the issue of pay differences between men and women is being discussed so freely. "I don't think that's a very nice conversation to have publicly at all," she admitted. "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."

As for her own salary, Winslet seems pleased. "I am a very lucky woman," she said, "and I'm quite happy with how things are ticking along."

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In October, Lawrence penned an essay about learning that her male American Hustle co-stars were making more than her, citing that "there was an element of wanting to be liked that influenced [her] decision to close the deal without a real fight."

"I didn't want to seem 'difficult' or 'spoiled.' At the time, that seemed like a fine idea, until I saw the payroll on the Internet and realized every man I was working with definitely didn't worry about being 'difficult' or 'spoiled,'" she wrote. "This is an element of my personality that I've been working against for years, and based on the statistics, I don't think I'm the only woman with this issue."

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Many have echoed Lawrence's point of view since the essay was sent out through Lena Dunham's Lenny newsletter, including her American Hustle co-star, Bradley Cooper.

"There's a double standard in the whole world, yeah, for sure. This is just one aspect," Cooper told ET. "Anytime there's a place where a voice can come out and be outspoken -- something Sienna [Miller] did, or Jennifer -- that's great. ... I think it is making a difference."