Kate Winslet shuts down question about Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck’s rekindled romance

Kate Winslet isn't here for salacious questions on celebrity romances

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 14: Kate Winslet attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at The Royal Opera House on February 14, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
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Kate Winslet may be one of the world's most prominent screen actors, but when it comes to the behind-the-scenes gossip, she really couldn't care less. 

The Mare of Easttown star didn't take too kindly to being asked about Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez's rekindled romance in a recent interview, insisting she knows nothing about the celebrity couple's high-profile relationship. 

During a rapid-fire statement round with the New York Times, Kate was called to confirm or deny if she "can’t stop reading about Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez.” The bizarre question stunned the British actor, who has never even worked with the Hollywood stars. 

"What? No! I’ve never read about Jennifer in my life," she said. "What are these questions?” 

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WESTWOOD, CA - JULY 27: (FILE PHOTO) Actors Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez attend the premiere of Revolution Studios' and Columbia Pictures' film "Gigli" at the Mann National Theatre July 27, 2003 in Westwood, California. Lopez and Affleck postponed their wedding, which was scheduled for this weekend, and has now reportedly spit up, possibly temporarily. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Kate Winslet didn't have any interest in Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck's relationship 

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She also dismissed the follow-up question, which asked her to comment on the statement, "Hideous Kinky was neither hideous nor kinky." The tongue-twister sentence referred to the 1998 drama, Hideous Kinky, in which Kate starred as the lead character. The film, which was based on a semi-autobiographical book by Sigmund Freud's granddaughter, solidified the versatility of the Titanic star in the wake of her performance in the blockbuster flick. 

"I don't even know how to answer these questions," she replied. 

Luckily, Kate isn't so shy about divulging incriminating details when it comes to her own life. 

In the same interview, she confessed to having a "potty mouth" just like her Mare of Easttown character, Mare Sheehan, and even stealing (and then losing) a pair of Rose's earrings from the Titanic set. Unfortunately, this slip-up wasn't a one-off. It seems keeping track of valuables—even extremely meaningful ones—isn't exactly Kate's forte. The Academy Award-winning actor went on to admit she doesn't know the exact location of her Oscar is, musing, "I think it's possibly in my son's bedroom." 

Actress Kate Winslet poses after winning the Best Actress award for "The Reader" in the press room at the 81st Annual Academy Awards held at Kodak Theatre on February 22, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

Kate Winslet revealed she doesn't know where her Oscar is right now 

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Kate also spoke out against the unrealistic beauty expectations of women today, which she tries to challenge by showing herself in her natural form. She even refused airbrushing of her 'bulgy' body in Mare of Easttown and ordered its promotional team to undo their retouches to her photo portraits. 

"Listen, I hope that in playing Mare as a middle-aged woman—I will be 46 in October—I guess that’s why people have connected with this character in the way that they have done because there are clearly no filters," Kate said. "She’s a fully functioning, flawed woman with a body and a face that moves in a way that is synonymous with her age and her life and where she comes from. I think we’re starved of that a bit."

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.