08 Jan 16
AwardsComments Off on BAFTA Nominations

Congratulations to Kate on her nomination for the BAFTA Film Awards for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Steve Jobs. Congratulations to Michael Fassbender who was also nominated!

Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara – Carol
Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina
Julie Walters – Brooklyn
Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

To see the entire list go here.

07 Jan 16
Articles, Dressmaker, Heavenly CreaturesComments Off on Why Kate Winslet keeps New Zealand close to her heart

The New Zealand Herald did this fun interview with Kate in honor of the release of her film The Dressmaker and Kate talks about how New Zealand is close to her heart.

“Hello Joanna,” a voice says cheerily down the line. “It’s Kate Winslet.”

Sure, of course it is. It’s not that I wasn’t expecting this call, but usually there’s a bit more prelude involved. A publicist will call you, sometimes more than once, to confirm you’re ready for the interview before you’re placed on hold – often for upwards of 10 minutes – and the call is finally connected. Sometimes the publicist will stay on the line, coughing surreptitiously when you deviate too far from the approved subject matter – in this case, Winslet’s new film, The Dressmaker.

But there’s none of that today. Winslet is direct and forthright. She dials her own numbers.

More amusingly, she’s calling via Skype, trilling with delight that it’s actually worked. She and technology don’t always get on (ironic for a woman who is about to star in the new Steve Jobs biopic).

“I’m supposed to be making all these calls to Australia and New Zealand and I thought, ‘F***! That’s going to cost me a fortune’,” she exclaims. So Skype it is.

Direct. Forthright. And a touch frugal.

As she is driving to a photo shoot in central London, the call drops out repeatedly as the car passes in and out of data coverage. Yet Winslet remains determined to forge ahead with her cost-saving strategy. By the end of our interview, she has called me no less than six times.

It is strangely – and rather endearingly – normal. Not what you might expect from a celebrity of Winslet’s stature. But then, Winslet doesn’t consider herself a celebrity. In fact, she’s often surprised that people are interested in her at all.

She was papped on Auckland’s Piha Beach during summer, with photos of her in a black one-piece sent around the world. She wasn’t annoyed by the encounter so much as surprised. She had, she says, rather forgotten she was famous.

“It’s funny, because I don’t really live a film star lifestyle. We try very, very hard to be normal.

“When you’re in Piha and I’ve got the baby on my back, I totally forget. I’m always rather shocked, it’s like ‘Oh! We’re in the paper?'”

It would sound disingenuous coming from just about anyone else, but with Winslet you really do feel it’s true.

Or perhaps I’ve just fallen for her charms as she gushes over my “lovely New Zealand accent”.

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04 Jan 16
Articles, Steve JobsComments Off on Kate Winslet joins Michael Fassbender at Q&A for their film Steve Jobs

Kate Winslet presented Michael Fassbender with the International Star Award at the Palm Springs Film Festival the night before.

And though their movie was released more than two months ago, the two stars got together to discuss Steve Jobs for a SAG Q&A to a crowd of several actors.

The two talented actors attended a screening and panel for their critically-acclaimed drama at the legendary Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California on Sunday.

Kate and Michael were very open at the event as they touched on several topics including the process working on the Steve Jobs biopic, their process when working on an accent for a role and overcoming nervousness when filming a scene.

The talented 38-year-old German-Irish actor insisted that young thespians should not feel the need to get something right all the time or be afraid to fail.
Fassbender elaborated: ‘The first take is my favourite take because you have nothing to lose in that take and nobody knows what’s going to happen.’

The 40-year-old Academy Award winning actress Winslet also talked about the nervousness that comes along with filming a scene for the first time.
She said: ‘On take one everyone feels just a little bit sick and sometimes, you know, it’s nice to see what’s in the vomit.’

As they both play Americans in Steve Jobs, one audience member queried the actors how difficult it is to lose their Irish and British accents.

Winslet said that it is not an easy task for her as she said: ‘I actually don’t find accents easy, I have to really work hard on them. And you really have to work on them at the time and it isn’t something that you can kind of invent.’

She went on to explain that Fassbender would listen to Jobs on his iPod as she would do the same with her character Joanna Hoffman, who is Jobs’ confidante and Apple marketing executive, to listen to the rhythm of her voice, sounds she would make and constant practice at times with a dialect coach.

As the Titanic actress spoked plenty about the painstaking work that goes into a role, she left the audience of aspiring actors with a very positive message as she said: ‘Acting is the most incredible job in the world to do and don’t let anyone knock you.

‘Just keep going because it’s worth it, really worth it. I just do have to say that. I love it. I’ve been doing it since I was nine-years-old and it’s just fantastic. So you’ve chosen the right path for sure.’

Winslet looked chic in a sleeveless black top with matching trousers as she wore her blonde locks down in a middle-part as she had natural, complimentary make-up on her face.
Fassbender looked handsome in a black blazer with a light blue button-down and brown trousers.

The previous night the two stars were much more dressed to the nines as Winslet presented Fassbender with the film festival’s International Star Award for his performance as the late Apple founder.


04 Jan 16
InterviewsComments Off on Kate Winslet: Not for appearances’ sake

Kate did an interview with CBS where she talked about her role in “Steve Jobs”, the gender wage gap, and more!

Kate Winslet sailed to an Oscar nomination for her performance in the blockbuster “Titanic” — and there’s Oscar buzz again this year for her role in the movie, “Steve Jobs.” Jim Axelrod has some Questions and Answers:

As the fearless aide to Steve Jobs, Joanna Hoffman was a lot of things: a high-powered executive, a marketing genius, and — as played by Kate Winslet — the moral center of the movie, “Steve Jobs.” She tells her boss, the visionary behind Apple, “What you make isn’t supposed to be the best part of you. When you’re a father, that’s what’s supposed to be the best part of you.”

However, one thing the real-life Joanna Hoffman, a no-nonsense, Polish-Armenian immigrant, would not be confused for is a glamorous movie star like Winslet. “Why would they think of me, because Joanna Hoffman looks nothing like me?” Winslet said.

But when the actress heard about this role, she just had to have it.

“You wanted this badly,” Axelrod said.

“That’s allowed­­? Isn’t that allowed?” Winslet replied.
So she took a selfie (left), and sent it to the film’s producer.

“Joanna didn’t really wear any makeup, and I put on this short, dark­-haired wig and a pair of glasses. And I took one photo, and I just sent it by email to Scott Rudin. No message.”

After six Academy Award nominations, an iconic star turn in “Titanic,” and an Oscar win for “The Reader,” Winslet could expect to get any part she wants. But getting Joanna Hoffman was one thing; playing her, ­­ quite another.

“That accent,” she said. “There are lots of accents I really can’t do. I do a useless Scottish. My Irish is all over the map.”

“But Polish-­Armenian you nailed?” Axelrod laughed.

“You know­­, give a girl a challenge!

“I was baffled by it. And I remember I called the real Joanna, and to hear her actually speak, it is different than the way I ended up doing it in the film, for the simple reason that her pitch is much higher than mine. I remember speaking to her for the first time, and I said, ‘Hello, Joanna. This is Kate Winslet.’ ‘Hello. How are you? I’m so happy to hear from you. Well, this is just so exciting!’ I thought, Oh my God, there is no­­ — I can’t do that. I can’t sustain that for two hours of a movie, you know?”

Kate Winslet’s been relying on her acting instincts for 25 years, starting on TV, in a British show called “Dark Season.” She was a chunky 15-­year-old, and even being on TV did not insulate her from the slings and arrows of schoolyard bullies.

“I was teased for how I looked,” she said, “because I was quite stocky as a child, and was very much teased for that.”

Now 40, and one of her generation’s brightest stars, the pain is still fuel.

“I know that those nasty bullies are still out there,” she said, “and there I am, with a big gold statue in my hand. I mean, that’s a pretty great fist-­pumping moment! That’s a lovely message to say to those bullies, you know, ‘Where are they? Where are they?'”

“It’s not just a fist-pumping moment; it’s a little bit of a middle-finger moment,” said Axelrod.

“Well­­, let’s not get aggressive,” replied Winslet.

But even when you’re the face of Lancôme cosmetics, there’s not enough make­up to cover the scars of teen­aged teasing. She speaks loudly and clearly about body image, often insisting that her image not be retouched.

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02 Jan 16
Events, ImagesComments Off on Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala

I have added the first images of Kate arriving at the Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala tonight to our gallery.

Gallery Links:
Kate Winslet Web > 2016 > January 2 | Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala

02 Jan 16
ArticlesComments Off on Kate Winslet Recalls Being Bullied as a Child Over Her Looks

Kate Winslet has long spoken about dealing with mean kids at school and hopes to use her experience and fame to help young girls maintain a positive body image.

The 40-year-old actress, who rose to fame with Titanic and recently starred in the film Steve Jobs, was bullied as a child over her looks, namely her weight.

“I was teased for how I looked,” Winslet told CBS Sunday Morning in an interview set to air this weekend. “In part, yeah, because I was quite stocky as a child. And was very much teased for that.”

Winslet had also talked about her experience being bullied over her looks and weight before. In a 2006 interview with Parade, she revealed her classmates called her “Blubber.” She also told Marie Claire U.K. in 2009 she was “bullied for being chubby.” Earlier this year, she recalled during an appearance on Running Wild with Bear Grylls how she confronted one of her “particularly horrible” childhood bullies as an adult.

“She was working on a beauty counter in a department store,” Winslet said. “I went up to her and said, ‘I want to thank you for being such a bitch because it made me a lot stronger.'”

Now an Oscar-winning actress who graces the covers of magazines and stuns at award shows and celebrity events, Winslet is considered by many to be a prime example of Hollywood beauty. But she doesn’t want young girls to get the wrong idea about it.

“You know, we walk down red carpets. You know, it’s part of the job,” she told CBS Sunday Morning. “But I think I feel very strongly that it’s important to also say to young girls that we don’t look like that all the time.”


26 Dec 15
All the King's Men, ImagesComments Off on New Still from All The Kings Men

I found a new still from Kate’s film “All the Kings Men” that she did back in 2006 and have added it to the gallery!

Gallery Links:
Kate Winslet Web > Films > 2006 | All the King’s Men > Production Stills