Kate Winslet on Speaking Up About Gender Pay Gap: "It's A Bit Vulgar Isn't It?"
"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."
In an interview with BBC's Newsbeat on Tuesday, Kate Winslet expressed her discomfort with the recent "public" discussion about the gender pay gap.
The issue began to gain new traction recently when Jennifer Lawrence penned an essay about the pay gap for Lena Dunham's newsletter, Lenny, titled "Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co-stars?"
"I'm having such a problem with these conversations," Winslet revealed to Newsbeat.
She continued, "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," Winslet said, adding, "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 career, Winslet expressed that she has nothing to complain about: "I am a very lucky woman and I'm quite happy with how things are ticking along."
While the star of Steve Jobs conceded that it would be "dangerous" for her to speak on the subject of the sexism other women have faced, when asked whether she's ever experienced sexism personally in the industry, she answered, "Honestly no. And if I'd ever been in that situation I would have either dealt with it or removed myself from it. I find all this quite uncomfortable."
"I haven't ever felt that I've really had to stick up for myself just because I'm a woman," Winslet revealed.
While she does admit to struggling with balancing the demands of being a working actress and a mother of three children, the actress admits that it's difficult, but also that she feels lucky to have the flexibility of her job.
"I'm juggling a thousand balls and probably dropping them as good as everyone else is," she said.
But she admits that the women she really admires and sympathizes with are those who work "48, 49 weeks of a year, [with] very little holiday, five days a week and are still pulling it all off".
"I get down time and I also get to choose," she acknowledged of the big upside of her career as an actress.
"As a woman, for me, that's huge because obviously I want to have time with my children and I get plenty of it so I do feel very lucky."