Kate Winslet calls gender pay gap conversation vulgar

The actress is uncomfortable with open discussions about wage inequality

By Andrea Tim | Published: 12 Nov 2015

Kate on wage gap
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Stars like Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda and Jennifer Lawrence have been vocal about the supposed inequality in Hollywood, where lead actresses are said to be paid less than their male co-stars. While most women are eager to voice out against the gender pay gap, Kate Winslet thinks that talking about it in public is vulgar.

"I'm having such a problem with these conversations," Kate told 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?"

"I don't think that's a very nice conversation to have publicly at all," she added. "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. I am a very lucky woman and I'm quite happy with how things are ticking along."

She admitted that she's never experienced being taken for granted or mistreated because she's a woman.

"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," Kate explained. "I haven't ever felt that I've really had to stick up for myself just because I'm a woman."

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