Kate spoke with Variety about her new film Steve Jobs and what she took away from the role.
Kate Winslet plays Apple marketing executive Joanna Hoffman in “Steve Jobs,” a role that’s garnering buzz for yet another invitation to the Oscars for her. Winslet, who has six nominations in the acting categories, won in 2009 for “The Reader.”
Where do you keep your Oscar?
Well, I did keep it somewhere fun. When I was in New York, it used to live in the back of the downstairs toilet. It was deliberate. Everyone could pick it up, and they didn’t have to worry about someone seeing them. At the moment, it’s rather boringly on my desk. We also have a latex kitten mask draped over him.
We have a lot of fancy dress stuff in this house. The other day, I cracked up laughing. I said, “Who put a latex kitten mask on the Oscar?” My daughter was like, “I think that might have been me.”
You had almost no time to prepare for “Steve Jobs.”
Danny (Boyle) asked me to play the part across a breakfast table in Melbourne. Rather than saying, “Great,” I just went “OK … f**k.” I really remember saying that. I went into full logistics right away.
Did you work with a dialect coach?
Yes, I did. Dude, I’m not that good. I need a dialect coach. Michael (Fassbender) … had personal recordings of Steve, and I had my own personal recordings of Joanna.
And you spent time with her as well.
We spent a lot of time together alone. What I really tried to do was refer to Joanna the character in the third person. Because to her, this was not her. This was a characterization of her and Aaron Sorkin’s interpretation of her.
Did you do a lot of takes?
Yeah, particularly in act one. When you have dialogue that goes on for 10, 11, 12 pages, as one of our big scenes did, it’s very important for a director to have choices. For us, as actors, we had to really remember where we stood on previous takes, where Danny said, “Oh, I like that bit.” We were working overdrive in terms of the technical side of things. It was like doing cartwheels in your brain. And also the most complicated crossword puzzle known to human kind.
Kate Winslet looks admirably cool and breezy in ‘The Dressmaker’, which is impressive considering she’s dealing with Liam Hemsworth’s naked chest – SORRY! we meant to say the climate of the Australian outback – in the film ‘The Dressmaker’, in cinemas from this Friday.
‘The Dressmaker’ looks like another of those charming, Australian films, equally full of romance, humour and the spirit of Down Under. The story is taken from the bestselling novel by Rosalie Ham, and tells of Myrtle “Tilly” Dunnage (Winslet) who, in 1951, returns to her hometown of Dungatar, to take care of her ill mother, Molly (Judy Davis). Tilly was sent out of town at the age of ten because of false accusations of murder. Tilly, an expert dressmaker trained by Madeleine Vionnet in Paris, transforms the locals with her couture creations and in the process, exacts revenge on the people who wrongly accused her of murder all those years ago.
The film explores the themes of revenge, love and creativity and was described by director Jocelyn Moorhouse as “Clint Eastwood’s ‘Unforgiven’ with a sewing machine”.
Liam Hemsworth is having a busy week, with his other film – the last in the ‘Hunger Games’ franchise – also launching in the UK this weekend. But he’s not being measured up in a suit in that one.
Today Kate took over Glamour UK magazine’s twitter account …
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ACTRESS Kate Winslet has revealed her teenage daughter was “very jealous” about her working with Liam Hemsworth in her latest film.
The 40-year-old star confessed the 15-year-old had a touch of envy about her mother’s proximity to the hunk while filming The Dressmaker.
And Mia – Kate’s daughter with her first husband Jim Threapleton – isn’t the only one with a soft spot for the 25-year-old Australian actor it seems.
During her appearance on The One Show tonight, the Titanic star agreed with host Alex Jones who described Liam as “very tasty”.
Kate revealed: “When I told my daughter that I was shooting the scene that day she [spluttering] just made a series of sounds…I took it to be jealousy. But I did feel quite bad for Liam.”
She added: “He’s a sweet guy but I couldn’t stop giggling…”
The Dressmaker, which opens on November 20th, is based on a novel by Rosalie Ham of the same name.
In the flick, Kate stars as the glamorous Myrtle Dunnage who returns to her small town in rural Australia.
With her sewing machine and haute couture style, she transforms the women and exacts sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.
The blonde beauty recently celebrated her 40th birthday, and, unlike some stars, Kate couldn’t have seemed happier to have reached the milestone.
Speaking ahead of her birthday, she told Net-A-Porter’s magazine The Edit: “I don’t feel old. I feel excited about being 40. I feel like the past two years have been different for me, deliberately so.
“I really wanted to mix it up a bit and feel that I was going full pelt towards 40 having done as much as I could – pushed myself, challenged myself, exhausted myself, had as much fun as possible.
“The last two years have put a different sort of rocket fuel up my backside.”
The actress, who won an Oscar for The Reader, added: “I’m baffled that anyone might not think women get more beautiful as they get older.”
There has been a lot of discussion recently about the wage gap in Hollywood between Male and Female talent. BBC Newsbeat asked her about it and here is her response.
Jennifer Lawrence may have spoken up about the gender pay gap, but Kate Winslet’s not so keen.
“I’m having such a problem with these conversations,” Kate tells Newsbeat.
“I understand why they are coming up but maybe it’s a British thing. I don’t like talking about money; it’s a bit vulgar isn’t it?”
Women being paid less than men for the same job caused headlines again recently when Jennifer Lawrence wrote an essay about it.
Don’t expect the Winslet essay on this subject anytime soon.
“I don’t think that’s a very nice conversation to have publically at all,” admits Kate.
“I’m quite surprised by these conversations to be honest, simply because it seems quite a strange thing to be discussing out in the open like that.
“I am a very lucky woman and I’m quite happy with how things are ticking along.”
Kate Winslet stresses that it would be “dangerous” for her to comment on other people’s comments but visibly squirms when asked if she’s ever had to cope with sexism in the film industry.
“Honestly no,” she says.
“And if I’d ever been in that situation I would have either dealt with it or removed myself from it. I find all this quite uncomfortable.
“I haven’t ever felt that I’ve really had to stick up for myself just because I’m a woman.”
Kate Winslet stars alongside Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs, the movie about the iconic co-founder of Apple, released in UK cinemas this week.
She plays Joanna Hoffman, who was part of the original launch team for the first Macintosh computer, and a colleague much respected by Steve Jobs.
Both actors have already won critical praise for their roles, but Kate admits it wasn’t an easy task.
“When I read the description of Joanna as being this Polish-Armenian immigrant I just thought, ‘right and that’s supposed to be me?'”
She says she found the accent “incredibly frustrating and really difficult” and swore a lot at home trying to get it right.
As for life at home with three kids, like many, Kate’s not sure if she always gets the work/life balance right.
“I’m juggling a thousand balls and probably dropping them as good as everyone else is,” says Kate.
She’s self-aware enough though to point out that the women she really admires “work 48, 49 weeks of a year, very little holiday, five days a week and are still pulling it all off”.
“I get down time and I also get to choose,” she says.
“As a woman, for me, that’s huge because obviously I want to have time with my children and I get plenty of it so I do feel very lucky.”
This weekend Kate was in Paris to launch the Inauguration of the Primtemps Christmas Decorations.