In an interview with Vanity Fair, the actor finally spoke out over working with directors Woody Allen and Roman Polanski, saying:
It’s like, what the f**k was I doing working with Woody Allen and Roman Polanski?
It’s unbelievable to me now how those men were held in such high regard, so widely in the film industry and for as long as they were.
It’s f***ing disgraceful. And I have to take responsibility for the fact that I worked with them both. I can’t turn back the clock. I’m grappling with those regrets but what do we have if we aren’t able to just be f**king truthful about all of it?
Winslet starred in Polanski’s 2011 film, Carnage, and Allen’s 2017 film, Wonder Wheel.
Allen was accused of sexual abuse by his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow. He denies all allegations.
In 1977, Polanski was charged for the rape of a 13-year-old girl. Before receiving his sentence, he fled to France where he has remained since.
Winslet’s comments mark a significant change from her recent stance on both directors.
Just three years ago, she defended working with Allen and Polanski (or at least tried to steer clear of the topic), telling theNew York Times:
Woody Allen is an incredible director. So is Roman Polanski. I had an extraordinary working experience with both of those men, and that’s the truth.
In the wake of the Me Too and Time’s Up movements, numerous actors have reckoned with their past work and whether they have protected the careers of alleged sexual predators.
Several of Allen’s past collaborators have denounced the director in recent years including Ellen Page, Greta Gerwig and Timothée Chalamet.
Additionally, at this year’s César Awards, the French equivalent of the Oscars, Portrait of a Lady on Fire actor Adèle Hanael walked out of the ceremony after Polanski received the Best Director award.