'It's just a difficult discussion': Kate Winslet avoids talking about why she worked with Woody Allen despite sexual abuse allegations

Kate Winslet has refused to answer questions about why she worked with controversial director Woody Allen on his new film Wonder Wheel.

The actress signed up for the movie despite the historic allegations of sexual abuse made against the director by his then seven-year-old daughter, Dylan Farrow.

In her cover article for the latest edition of Variety, Kate was asked about her decision.

Initially replying 'She pauses,' Kate then answered carefully: 'It’s just a difficult discussion. I’d rather respectfully not enter it today.' 

'It's just a difficult discussion': Kate Winslet refuses to talk about why she worked with Woody Allen despite accusations of child sexual assault

'It's just a difficult discussion': Kate Winslet refuses to talk about why she worked with Woody Allen despite accusations of child sexual assault

When told about the negative social media reaction to her previous praise for Allen, she replied: 'I don’t read how people respond to things. We’re always as actors going to say the wrong thing. 

'I think it’s better to respectfully step away from the discussion.'

Allen has denied Dylan's claims that he molested her, which she repeated publicly in an open letter published by the New York Times in 2014. The now 32-year-old was adopted by Allen and then-wife Mia Farrow during their marriage, with Farrow later winning full custody during their acrimonious divorce.

Kate's comments on Allen were made before the Harvey Weinstein controversy hit the headlines. Kate was among those to roundly condemn the 'bullying and nasty' producer, who allegedly sexually assaulted dozens of women over three decades. 

Working together: Kate is pictured with Allen on the set of Wonder Wheel last year; she plays Ginny, a bored 1950s wife who has an affair with Justin Timberlake's young lifeguard

Working together: Kate is pictured with Allen on the set of Wonder Wheel last year; she plays Ginny, a bored 1950s wife who has an affair with Justin Timberlake's young lifeguard

In her interview with Variety Kate did talk about the experience of working with Allen.

She said on one shoot he told her she was 'too actressy'.

'I thought it was hilarious,' she said, saying she asked Allen: '"OK, what should I do?"' He responded: 'You know what to do. Don’t do anything. Do it better.'

Kate also talked about working with her co-star Justin Timberlake, who plays the lifeguard who has an affair with her character Ginny in the movie, set in the 1950s.

'Yeah, we had a lot of fun. I would say to him, "It’s such a relief that you’re not what any of us thought you were going to be. Because that would have been such a nightmare." We shared a trailer. We had a thin partition wall between us. I would hear him peeing in the morning and singing to him- self, and I loved it.' 

The 42-year-old also talked about her three children, saying they had only seen one of her movies - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Said Kate: 'My children love it. That’s really the only thing of mine they can actually see without their mother taking off her clothes or dying.'

 

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