Kate recently did an interview for Newsweek Magazine where she talked about her new film The Dressmaker, what her kids think of her films, and more.
“I’m back, you bastards.”
That’s the first line Kate Winslet speaks in The Dressmaker, a melodramatic, revenge-obsessed adaptation of Rosalie Ham’s 2000 novel. And it’s true: Kate Winslet is back. Not that the remarkably skilled British actress ever quite went away—she has appeared in 40 films and counting as of 2016—but with The Dressmaker (in which she plays an accused murderess returning to her Australian town to care for her deranged mother) and Steve Jobs (for which she received an Oscar nod for her portrayal of Jobs’s bespectacled “work wife” Joanna Hoffman) she is determined to upend expectations of what a Kate Winslet performance might look like, to be “unrecognizable,” as some critics described her Jobs role.
“It’s the thing I’m actually proudest of hearing people say,” Winslet says. It’s a balmy Friday in September, and Winslet is sitting in a luxury hotel room in SoHo, where she’s come to talk about a movie she filmed two years ago in “the middle of absolutely nowhere,” Australia. (The Dressmaker, the film in question, has just been picked up by Amazon Studios for U.S. distribution.) Actually, she’s in New York to film an as-yet-untitled project with Woody Allen—she plays a waitress in 1950s Coney Island—but she won’t say a word about that. Nor is she very anxious to talk politics (“Don’t take me there”), though she has lent her voice to a wide range of social causes, from animal rights to body positivity.
The 40-year-old actress sipped tea and fretted over a stain where her daughter spilled toothpaste on her skirt as we discussed the finer points of co-star Liam Hemsworth (“a sweet, humble, very dear person”), Steve Jobs’s commercial flop and last year’s Oscars, where she lost but Titanic partner Leonardo DiCaprio finally won.
You traveled to Australia to film this movie in the desert. You must have really wanted to take on the role.
I loved the character. I loved the script when I read it. I was completely taken by her first line of the movie: “I’m back, you bastards!” It’s just such a brilliant line. When Teddy jumps into the silo, I still almost can’t believe that [director] Jocelyn Moorhouse really kept that in the film. It was very ballsy filmmaking, I thought…. It just so happened that it was a time in my life, and with my little family, that it was possible to go so far away.
Did the villainous side of the character appeal to you?
I never really saw it as a villainous side. I almost resisted her becoming this kind of femme fatale, because that’s very clichéd. It’s also quite easy to do, in terms of the look and the tone. I felt it was necessary [to find] a real person within that. I think the mother-daughter relationship really lends itself to keeping her real and grounded. She is someone’s daughter, after all.
Are you fond of those femme fatale movies? Film noir?
Not crazily so. I’m not a massive movie buff, to be honest. I mean, I’m in films. People often think that I must have a movie knowledge that’s inside out and back to front and very sophisticated. Not really.
You watch new films, though.
I watch new films, yeah. But I’m not an avid, crazy moviegoer. I don’t really have the time, if I’m completely honest.
Kate Winslet’s new dramedy, “The Dressmaker,” is all about one woman’s mission to exact sweet revenge on everyone who did her wrong in the past, and as it turns out, it’s a topic the actress knows all about in real life.
The Oscar winner sat down with TODAY’s Billy Bush and revealed just how she bested the girls who gave her grief when was just a kid.
“I was kind of bullied when I was younger, actually at school,” she explained. “For being chubby (or), you know, I had girls who were envious of me because I was acting a little bit as a teenager.”
Getting back at them was easy — it just took time.
“This is my revenge,” Winslet said. “This right here, this lovely career I have been blessed with. I have healthy children. You know, I have a really happy life and, to me, it’s like ‘Well, look at me now girls!'”
How could they help but be jealous of all the good fortune that’s come Winslet’s way over the years? Living well really is the best revenge. But the star’s old bullies aren’t the only ones feeling envy for her. Even her oldest daughter, 15-year-old Mia, is a bit jealous of mom — and frankly, so are we.
That’s because Winslet stars alongside a couple of easy-on-the-eyes leading men in her upcoming flicks. In the “Dressmaker,” the 40-year-old romances a character played by 26-year-old Liam Hemsworth — not that she was aware of his age.
“Because I’m not a Google person, I didn’t even know how old Liam is,” she confessed. “I mean I know he’s not 30, which probably explains why my teenage daughter was so envious of me.”
And if that’s not enough for Mia to fret over, there’s the fact that mom is acting opposite Justin Timberlake in a film set to be released next year.
“It does seem a little mean, doesn’t it?” Winslet said of the situation. “It’s OK, she loves me. She forgives me, and she has said, ‘Mum, if you don’t let me come on to that set, I’m never going to speak to you again.'”
And if that’s the case, Mia may be the one out for revenge soon.
See more from Winslet when “The Dressmaker” opens in select cities Friday.
Last night Kate attended the New York City screening of her film The Dressmaker. I can’t wait to see this film!
Warner Brothers has released a teaser trailer for Collateral Beauty. I got chills watching it. Can’t wait for this film!
Hits theaters in December.
Check out the brand new trailer for Collateral Beauty, in cinemas Boxing Day – Starring Will Smith, Edward Norton, Keira Knightley with Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren, Michael Peña and Naomie Harris.
I have added stills and posters to the gallery from Kate’s Academy Award winning performance in The Reader.
Kate Winslet Web > Films > 2008 | The Reader
Kate along with other amazing actresses like Jessica Chastain, Nicole Kidman, Robin Wright and Julianne Moore are going to be featured in the new Pirelli Calendar.
Last year the famous Pirelli Calendar took a huge departure from its traditional spread of nude or barely clothed young models to celebrate a different kind of women. The Annie Leibovitz–shot gallery featured accomplished women like Serena Williams, Yao Chen, Patti Smith, Yoko Ono, Ava DuVernay, and, perhaps most memorably, a stripped-down Amy Schumer. This year’s calendar is almost entirely comprised of Oscar-caliber actresses with the exception of Anastacia Ignatova—a Moscow State University professor credited as “special guest.”
The full 2017 list, including Ignatova, is Lupita Nyong’o, Jessica Chastain, Uma Thurman, Nicole Kidman, Lea Seydoux, Robin Wright, Zhang Ziyi, Helen Mirren, Rooney Mara, Penelope Cruz, Julianne Moore, Charlotte Rampling, Alicia Vikander, Kate Winslet, and Jessica Chastain. This lineup—though not as racially diverse as the 2016 group—shows a clear preference toward more mature women. The average age of the 14 actresses is 44 years old, an anomaly in an industry that is renowned for its obsession with youth and beauty.
Though beauty is, of course, in no short supply among these actresses, photographer Peter Lindbergh tells Vogue he intended the 2017 lineup to be “a counter message to [the industry’s] fake beauty ideal.” In selecting his 2017 models, Lindbergh says he gathered “all the big names of actresses who are not known to do bimbo movies, but are known to do sensible films—most of them have got Oscars—and then let them be them.”
When Lindbergh last shot the calendar 13 years ago, his subjects were all young, up-and-coming actresses like Amy Smart, Brittany Murphy, Julia Stiles, Rachael Leigh Cook, Erika Christensen, Selma Blair, Lauren Bush, James King, and Bridget Moynahan in full glam mode. This year, Lindbergh says, he wanted to make the spread “a love song to the women I really know and really like, and there’s no exception. Everyone in this calendar, at one point in my life, I wanted to marry, and I didn’t have the balls to ask them!”
In the preview images above, the actresses aren’t exactly roll-out-of-bed fresh, but they are more tousled than your average pinup calendar look. Hair undone, sometimes in casual clothes, sometimes even looking makeup-free; these are Hollywood icons de-glammed. Lindbergh says he hopes the raw portraits of these famous, brilliant actresses in the 2017 calendar will allow Pirelli fans to connect with a different kind of female beauty:
You take everything away, you take the perfection away, you take great hairdos and wonderful makeup away—you take everything away and you say, ‘These are the twelve of the most sensible, emotional, [actresses].’ If you shoot it on women nobody knows, well, that’s a good idea too, but then you would not make the connection. What I wanted to do was get the 12 actresses who are the most important actresses—after them, there are not many others left—and use them with that message. Not to put them in character, not to do anything to them, [just say] ‘This is them, and they are raw, and they are sensible, and they are emotional.’ This is beautiful for me. That’s why I like this calendar more than any other before, including the ones I did.
Lindbergh—who first shot for Pirelli in 1996—relishes the opportunity to use this traditionally cheesecake calendar to make such a bold commentary on female beauty. After working for decades in the fashion industry, Lindbergh’s frustration with the way narrow beauty standards have become even narrower has reached a boiling point. He calls the Photoshopping craze “horrible,” saying, “If legs are large, that’s because they are legs, no? Today, editors go, ‘Oh, it’s terrible!’ I say, ‘What’s terrible, it’s a fantastic leg.’ ‘[But] it’s so thick!’ And I say, ‘Sorry, they have some muscles or something.’” According to Lindbergh, the size restrictions on models have gotten out of hand: “In the good old days, we found models on the street. Today you can’t take a normal person into a fashion shoot, because they’d never fit in the clothes—I’m talking about beautiful women with great bodies. You get used to the idea that clothes look great when they’re not filled up.”
While the 2017 Pirelli calendar may not change the fashion industry overnight, Lindbergh hopes it provides an antidote to what he considers a toxic beauty standard:
Beauty today is really twisted, for commercial reasons, so people think beautiful is what you see in advertising and in magazines—all these retouched women. You have to be perfect, you have to be thin, you have to be young—you have to be all this, and this is bullshit. It’s so awful, and this image of beauty is imposed on people for commercial reasons, because you can’t make money [if] you say to someone, ‘You know what, you’re beautiful the way you are.
That’s a stunning message to see presented on the pages of one of the most famously revealing calendars. But we’ve come a long way.
Marianne Dashwood is the first role I had ever seen Kate perform and it was love at first sight! To this day Sense & Sensibility is still one of my favorite films. I have added images to the gallery from this marvelous film!