Vanity Fair shares this fun article where Kate talks about working with Helen Mirren.
Winslet and Mirren just starred in a movie together. “We all wanted to make out with her,” was Winslet’s verdict from their time on set.
Helen Mirren has made a name for herself playing controlled women: monarchs, detectives, and even assassins. In real life, though, she’s the bawdy, fun, self-proclaimed “nastiest of nasty women,” who doles out life advice about drinking, Facebook (don’t use it if you really want to connect with friends), love, and blackjack. According to Kate Winslet, Mirren shares this advice and more with her cast mates when they’re shooting movies, and it makes everyone fall a bit in love with her.
Winslet and Mirren currently appear in Collateral Beauty, along with Keira Knightley and Will Smith. In a new interview with AARP The Magazine, Winslet gushes to author Robert Love about the experience of working with Dame Helen Mirren. It sounds, well, like a transcendent romp.
“You could sit and talk about anything with Helen, for hours. Anything from boobs to boys, work, to what we were going to drink at cocktail hour. And we would all sit and run our lines together. Which is all you ever hope for on set. She is everyone’s friend. And she is out-of-control sexy and beautiful! We all wanted to make out with her.”
Winslet neither confirms nor denies if anyone did get to make out with Mirren, as the AARP story segues into a discussion of Mirren’s marriage to director Taylor Hackford. As with most things in life, the actress has a pretty unique take on marriage, not having tied the knot until she was 52.
“I always said I have nothing against marriage; it just wasn’t to my taste, like turnips. It took me a very long time to come round to acquiring the taste. I just had to meet the right turnip . . . We got married in the end because we realized we were going to be together forever.”
“You just have to meet the right turnip” is definitely being optioned into a romantic comedy, self-help book, and dating app as we speak. Mirren can read the audiobook to get the Grammy for her EGOT.
We have the first stills of Kate from her new film Collateral Beauty.
Spanx founder Sara Blakely came up with the idea for The Belly Art Project — a photo book featuring pregnant bellies made into works of art — when she was pregnant with her first son.
“I woke up in the middle of the night with an incredible urge to turn my big belly into a canvas, and I wanted to capture the moment in a fun and playful way,” Blakely, 45, tells PEOPLE. “The Belly Art Project was born, and has been a true labor of love for the past seven years.”
Over the years the project has featured more than 100 women’s bellies, including those of some of Blakey’s famous friends: Molly Sims, Kate Winslet, Savannah Guthrie, Alyssa Milano and Coco Rocha are just some of the celebs featured in the one-of-a-kind photo collection.
“Kate Winslet was the first one to say she wanted to be in the book — that was a moment where I thought, ‘Oh my God, someone this amazing and well respected for being one of the best actors of our time wants to do it!’” says Blakely.
But she didn’t just ask her friends to participate. Blakely also approached strangers in airports, nail salons and weddings to be a part of her project.
“I would approach these people and say, ‘I promise I’m not crazy! It’s just a really great, creative way to capture this time in your pregnancy,’” she says. “I would say 95 percent of the women that I approached […] were like, ‘Oh count me in this is amazing!’”
Blakely says it was easy for her to get the women on board because the book’s proceeds benefit Christy Turlington Burns’ Every Mother Counts, a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother.
“Other moms-to-be were happy to belly up to the cause in support of maternal health,” says Blakely.
As for the creative designs on each belly, Blakely says they were a mix of ideas she had in advance and spur-of-the-moment inspiration.
“Most of the belly art concepts came to me during my best thinking time – on my commute to work or at stoplights,” she says. “Other ideas were a collaboration that evolved once the paint met the bellies.”
She hopes people will enjoy the book, as well as the purpose behind it.
“Moms supporting moms is a wonderful thing,” she says, “and it makes for amazing, fun pictures!”
I have added some posters for Kate’s new film Collateral Beauty to our gallery.
This week Kate attended the launch of Niki Perry Yoga’s “Transform Now” Video Series and thanks to Claudia we have images from the event in our gallery!