Kate Winslet and Other Stars Who Regret Working With Woody Allen

Kate Winslet has worked with controversial directors Woody Allen and Roman Polanski in the last decade, but in a recent interview, the Oscar-winning actor criticized herself for agreeing to make films with the pair.

Speaking to Vanity Fair of working with Allen, whose adopted daughter Dylan Farrow accuses him of molesting her (which he has repeatedly denied) and Polanski, who was arrested in the 1970s for raping a 13-year-old girl, Winslet said: "It's like, what the f*** was I doing working with Woody Allen and Roman Polanski?... 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 fucking truthful about all of it?"

This represents somewhat of a change of tune for the Titanic actor, who said in 2017 after appearing in Allen's Wonder Wheel: "As the actor in the film, you just have to step away and say, I don't know anything, really, and whether any of it is true or false...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."

Winslet's new comments, however, come after a number of high-profile celebrities have expressed regret at working with the Annie Hall director. Some of these figures have also donated the money they made in these films to charities like the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) and Time's Up.

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Kate Winslet has recently expressed regret at making 'Wonder Wheel' with Woody Allen Getty

Stars who have regretted working with Woody Allen

Hayley Atwell

Speaking to The Guardian in 2018, a decade making her debut in Cassandra's Dream, the Agent Carter actor said: "It was my first film and I didn't feel directed by him at all. I didn't have any kind of relationship with him... I didn't know back then what I know now. Would I work with him now? No. And I stand in solidarity with his daughter and offer an apology to her if my contribution to his work has caused her suffering or made her feel dismissed in any way."

Rachel Brosnahan

The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel star appeared in Allen's short-lived Amazon Prime Video series Crisis in Six Scenes. Speaking on the Hollywood Reporter's Awards Chatter podcast in 2018, she said: "I have really struggled with the decision to do that project for a long time. Honestly, it's the decision that I have made in my life that is the most inconsistent with everything I stand for and believe in, both publicly and privately. And while I can't take it back, it's important to me, moving forward, to make decisions that better reflect the things that I value and my worldview."

Michael Caine

Though the actor explicitly said he did not regret working on Hannah and Her Sisters, a performance that won Caine an Oscar, he told The Guardian in 2018 he would not work with him again.

Timothee Chalamet

Timothee Chalamet was met with Allen's particular ire for his Instagram post about working on A Rainy Day in New York, in which he wrote: "I have been asked in a few recent interviews about my decision to work on a film with Woody Allen last summer. I'm not able to answer the question directly because of contractual obligations. But what I can say is this: I don't want to profit from my work on the film, and to that end, I am going to donate my entire salary to three charities."

Following this, Allen wrote in his memoir Apropos of Nothing: "Timothée afterward publicly stated he regretted working with me and was giving the money to charity, but he swore to my sister he needed to do that as he was up for an Oscar for Call Me by Your Name, and he and his agent felt he had a better chance of winning if he denounced me, so he did."

Mia Farrow

Mia Farrow and Allen were together for 12 years, making classic movies like The Purple Rose of Cairo, Radio Days and Hannah and Her Sisters. However, after the allegations against Allen from Farrow's daughter came out, the pair had a very public break up.

However, most recently, she said of that time to The Hollywood Reporter: "I reached a place many years ago where I just don't care about him."

Colin Firth

"I wouldn't work with him again," Firth said to The Guardian after making Magic in the Moonlight.

Greta Gerwig

Gerwig appeared in To Rome With Love, and admitted a love of his movies since her childhood. However, she told The New York Times: "I can only speak for myself and what I've come to is this: If I had known then what I know now, I would not have acted in the film. I have not worked for him again, and I will not work for him again."

Rebecca Hall

Hall worked with Allen twice, on Vicky Cristina Barcelona and A Rainy Day in New York, wrote in a now-deleted Instagram post: "After reading and re-reading Dylan Farrow's statements of a few days ago and going back and reading the older ones—I see, not only how complicated this matter is, but that my actions have made another woman feel silenced and dismissed. That is not something that sits easily with me in the current or indeed any moment, and I am profoundly sorry. I regret this decision and wouldn't make the same one today."

David Krumholtz

After starring alongside Winslet in Wonder Wheel, Krumholtz tweeted (in a now-deleted post): "I deeply regret working with Woody Allen on Wonder Wheel. It's one of my most heartbreaking mistakes. We can no longer let these men represent us in entertainment, politics, or any other realm. They are beneath real men."

However, the actor also noted that those who donated their salaries may not have been as altruistic as some thought. Asked about donating his salary by a fan, he tweeted: "Barely got paid. Woody doesn't pay."

Griffin Newman

Newman was one of many Rainy Day in New York stars who regretted working on the film. He wrote a series of tweets about the film in which he said:

"It's a one scene role.I spent a month debating whether or not to quit. I deeply regret my final decision."

- It’s a one scene role.
- I spent a month debating whether or not to quit.
- I deeply regret my final decision.

— Griffin Newman (@GriffLightning) October 14, 2017

Ellen Page

In a Vox article, Page said of working on To Rome with Love: "I did a Woody Allen movie and it is the biggest regret of my career. I am ashamed I did this. I had yet to find my voice and was not who I am now and felt pressured, because 'of course you have to say yes to this Woody Allen film.' Ultimately, however, it is my choice what films I decide to do and I made the wrong choice. I made an awful mistake."

Peter Sarsgaard

Though he appeared in Blue Jasmine, Sarsgaard told MSNBC that he would never make another film with the director.

Chloe Sevigny

Though Sevigny's acting resume has plenty of controversial roles, one she regrets is Allen's Melinda and Melinda. She told Variety: "I have my own turmoil that I'm grappling with over that decision. Would I work with him again? Probably not."

Mira Sorvino

After coming forward with her story of sexual harassment at the hands of Harvey Weinstein, Sorvino (who won an Oscar for Mighty Aphrodite) also came to terms with working with Allen. In a Huff Post open letter to Dylan Farrow, the actor said: "I am so sorry, Dylan! I cannot begin to imagine how you have felt, all these years as you watched someone you called out as having hurt you as a child, a vulnerable little girl in his care, be lauded again and again, including by me and countless others in Hollywood who praised him and ignored you. As a mother and a woman, this breaks my heart for you. I am so, so sorry!"

Evan Rachel Wood

Asked whether she would work with Allen again after appearing in Whatever Works, Wood said on her (now deleted) Twitter account: "That was years before I read Dylan's letter. Unfortunately, I can't say that I would again."