Academy Award-winning actress Kate Winslet has opened up about her experiences of working with the disgraced Hollywood mogul, producer Harvey Weinstein, revealing he had labelled her “difficult” for not giving in to him.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter about her uncomfortable relationship with the movie magnate, Kate confessed that she thought Weinstein was “horrible to deal with”.
Speaking of Weinstein’s “ridiculous requests” within the industry, the actress explained: “I was one of the ones he would label ‘difficult’ because I wouldn’t do the things he would ask for me to do on a business-level… He didn’t like me because I wouldn’t be bullied by him.”
“He would come up to me every time I saw him, ‘Don’t forget who gave you your first movie!'” she recalled. “He didn’t ‘give me’ my first movie — I auditioned for four months…
“How dare he even sow that seed in my mind, that in some way any part of my career had anything to do with him rooting for me or pushing for me or putting my name forward.”
This isn’t the first time Kate has been outspoken about her dislike for Weinstein. Shortly after a wave of public allegations of sexual misconduct were made against him, Winslet admitted that she deliberately refused to thank Weinstein after her Best Actress win at the 2009 Oscars.
“I remember being told. ‘Make sure you thank Harvey if you win.’ And I remember turning around and saying, ‘No I won’t. No I won’t.’
“And it was nothing to do with not being grateful. If people aren’t well-behaved, why would I thank him?” she added.