She is one of the most talented actresses in the industry today. She’s brutally honest and speaks her mind when necessary. Kate Winslet freakin’ rocks. Since her big onscreen success with one of the most successful films in history (“Titanic”), Kate Winslet has since been nominated for FIVE Oscars but hasn’t yet won one. But there is no doubt in my mind that this year could definitely be THE year Kate will take home at least one golden statue for her roles in either the “Reader” or her role opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in “Revolutionary Road”. Ask David Hasselhoff or even Sharon Osbourne…the bitch has got talent! Her work speaks for itself…
WHY KATE IS PULLING AN “ANGELINA”:
Acting is great, I love it, but it’s bloody hard work, incredibly time-consuming and really challenging. Since my son was born, I’ve played a lot of very demanding parts, and you get to a certain point where you just need a break. I want to be a mum – not a mum who’s at work all the time.
HOW SHE MANAGES HER CAREER AND MOTHERHOOD:
It’s a lot to juggle: to be the wife that you want to be to your husband, to be the mother that you need to be to your kids – to do the school run every day and be there for all the crucial moments of their growing-up – and also to be able to do a job like acting, which demands so much of your emotional self, and to be able to give yourself to it wholeheartedly.
I think how it works for me, like for any working mother, is you just get really good at compartmentalizing. My kids will always be at the forefront of my brain anyway, and when I’m with them they are my absolute priority.
ON WORKING WITH HER HUBBY ON THE SET:
It was incredible to see Sam in action and watch how he worked with the other actors, not just me. He’s a marvelous teacher, and adapts himself around the needs of every actor, because we’re all different.
Both Leo and I are very quick, very, ‘Okay, tell me what you need – good idea, I’ve got it.’ But he was gentler with Kathy Bates (who plays a smaller part in the film), because she is a very gentle person and needs to be guided a little. She’s fairly close in age to Sam’s mother, and he became almost like a son to her. It was a lovely thing to see. He’s a wonderful director.
ON SAM AND WHETHER HE GETS JEALOUS OF HER ON-SCREEN SEXY TIME:
Of course not. I’m not a porn star. I’m not walking out there and having sex with other people for my job. He’s more concerned that I feel comfortable, and making sure I feel the love scene is justified.
I’ve done a lot of nudity in films and I feel very fortunate that, each time, the scene has been relevant and has actually enhanced the story. Sam has supported me in all of that, and has always felt the same way.
WHY SHE IS GLAD SHE ISN’T ANGELINA JOLIE:
Although I don’t know them, I do think about their situation. They’re like a walking soap opera, and the public wants to know what’s going to happen next. I didn’t choose this profession because I wanted to be famous. I come from a family of actors, who have often struggled, so I always thought I’d be lucky if I even got a job.
I’m grateful for my success because of the freedom it’s given me as an actress. The downside is how much more publicly available you become. I don’t want Mia or Joe to think being famous is about wearing beautiful dresses – if you’re on a red carpet and wearing a fabulous frock, it’s the result of years of hard graft.