02 Dec 15
Articles, Interviews, Magazines, Steve JobsComments Off on Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan Discuss Escaping into Characters That are Nothing Like Them

kate and Saoirse Ronan participated in Variety’s Actor on Actor Series … and are featured on the cover of the newest issue of Variety magazine.

Saoirse Ronan and Kate Winslet each won acclaim as teenagers. Ronan was 13 when she earned an Oscar nom for “Atonement,” while Winslet was 17 when she burst onto the scene in Peter Jackson’s “Heavenly Creatures.” In their new films, both use accents that are not their own. Ronan headlines “Brooklyn,” playing an Irish girl who immigrates to New York in the 1950s. Winslet disappears behind a wig, glasses and a Polish accent for “Steve Jobs” to portray Joanna Hoffman, a friend and adviser to the Apple founder.

Kate Winslet: Playing Joanna Hoffman was an experience that I really wanted to have. It’s a wonderful thing to be 40 years old, which I am now, and all of that stuff that you sort of bother about in your 20s and early 30s just kind of evaporates. And actually, all you want, really and truly, is to work with lovely people and to be challenged as much as possible.

Saoirse Ronan: What’s the stuff that evaporates?

Winslet: The stuff that evaporates is: “What do I look like? What do you people think?” That just literally goes away. And I think that also has to do with having children. Playing Joanna was something so different to me; unlike you in “Brooklyn,” I don’t know anyone like this person. It was absolutely playing a role.

Ronan: Which is a treat to do. It’s such a pleasure to play someone like that. Because you can escape into it. Like with “Heavenly Creatures.” I mean, I hope you weren’t like that when you were 17.

Winslet: I don’t think I was a lesbian murderess at the age of 17. But now, maybe! But, no, it was a huge luxury to play somebody who absolutely was nothing like me.

Ronan: What did (Joanna) think of the film?

Winslet: She likes it a lot. Thank God she approved of the accent.

Ronan: For me, that’s the biggest thing. I know that’s the first thing I think about. I went into “Brooklyn,” and I said straight away, “I’m not using my own accent.” I’ve never used my own accent. The accent was something that — and I’m sure it is for you as well because you do accents so much and you’re so good at them — is one of the first things that I think about. When I read a script, the first thing that comes into my head before the visuals or anything is, “What is this person going to sound like?”

Winslet: And it’s lovely to be able to attach yourself to that, to be able to do a thing, isn’t it? It’s always so comforting, because I think when it is literally just you, it’s really scary. I mean you might as well be walking onto set with no clothes on.

Ronan: That’s what it feels like, and it’s very intimate. And I’ve always been so fascinated by it, I think because I was always surrounded by so many different accents and so many different sounds. I realized that your accent, in the best possible way, can really kind of define you.

Winslet: I was extremely young when I realized that I wanted to be an actress, but I have absolutely no idea how old you were. Did you have that moment of going, “Yup, I’ll do that”?

Ronan: My dad is an actor as well, like yours. We had moved back to Ireland. He was doing this short film, and they needed a kid. It was like a bizarre, weird, arthouse film. So he came to me and asked me if I wanted to do it. I remember I was on the set, and there was this guy, and he kept talking and talking and talking, and it was right before a take. I must have only been about 6 or 7. And I just turned around to him, and he must have thought I was such a little brat. I turned around to him, I was like, “Shhh! Quiet on the set!”

Winslet: I’ve had a similar moment to that with my own daughter. She actually had a small part in a film that I did a couple of years ago, as a teeny-tiny thing. But it was enough to already have that feeling of, “I think I need more of this.” I was on set with her, and she’d come to visit something I’d done when she was 8 or 9. And I was having a snack in between takes, and she went, “Mommy I really, really don’t think that you should be eating on set.”

Winslet: I remember really wanting to be cast as Mary in my school nativity when I was 5. I remember actively thinking, “It’s either Mary, or the angel Gabriel. If they give me the angel Gabriel part, I’ll still be OK about that.”

Ronan: It’s the dream role. Such an arc for Mary.

Winslet: Angel Gabriel just does kind of one thing. Mary, she goes on a proper, full journey.

Watch the full interview:

25 Nov 15
Events, ImagesComments Off on Longines Boutique Opening in London

Last night Kate made an appearance as the Ambassador for Longines at their newest boutique in London.

Gallery Links:
Kate Winslet Web > 2015 > November 24 | Longines Boutique Opening London

25 Nov 15
Events, ImagesComments Off on Variety Studio’s Actor on Actor Taping

Kate recently did a taping of Actor on Actor with Saoirse Ronan … I have added images to the gallery!

Gallery Links:
Kate Winslet Web > 2015 > November 15 | Variety Studio – Actor on Actor Taping

25 Nov 15
Dressmaker, ImagesComments Off on New stills from The Dressmaker

More stills from The Dressmaker have been released! I think Kate looks so pretty as Tilly!

Gallery Links:
Kate Winslet Web > Films > The Dressmaker > Production Stills

18 Nov 15
InterviewsComments Off on 6 Minutes With Kate Winslet

Elle did an interview with Kate and asked her some fun questions. Read the interview below!

Kate Winslet has the rare talent of being one of the most recognisable actresses on the planet while still managing to totally embody the mind-bendingly diverse array of characters she’s played in her 23-year career.

She’s the actress who has gone from the quintessential English rose (literally), opposite Leonardo DiCaprio as one half of cinema’s most iconic couple (Titanic), to a period and corset drama mainstay (Quills), to an indie darling (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), to an Oscar-winning star for her role in The Reader, all the while maintaining a refreshing distance from saccharine LA superficiality.

And now Winslet is back with two typically different roles; playing Steve Jobs’ Apple confidant Joanna Hoffman in the new critically-acclaimed Steve Jobs biopic, as well as the lead role of Tilly Dunnage in the black comedy/murder mystery/fashion drama The Dressmaker.

ELLE caught up wth Kate to discover the most important things in her world.

When I have to get away, I enjoy being anywhere that’s far flung and distant. I need to explore nature, to be outside, even if it’s the windswept highlands of Scotland; as long as I can be far away and it’s not too hot!

It would have to be McQueen, the tailoring is just so extraordinary. Playing Tilly in the Dressmaker, I learned quite a lot about the importance of simple, yet beautiful tailoring and that’s something that McQueen does so well.

There’s never really one specific thing that I look for in a script. It could be another actor, or a director, or sometimes it’s just the character. With the dressmaker and Steve Jobs, it was a combination of all of those things coming along at the same time.

Winning an Oscar has never, ever felt like a burden, not for one second! It’s fantastic, in fact it still feels so amazing. I still look at it and I’m incredibly proud and I think, having not won prior to or after, it makes it feel all the more great and exciting.

My heart has always been in England, even when I was living in America. But whenever I’m back in Manhattan, there are certain smells, like fresh coffee and bagels in the morning that make me go ‘Ahhh, New York’. I miss it sometimes.

I don’t have specific personal goals. I think that if you set yourself up to achieve something, then inevitably you won’t achieve it and I’m just not the kind of person to want to unnecessarily disappoint myself. I think my goal in the next five years is to keep working and to play lots of different parts that are challenging and interesting to me. After 23 years in the job, I am very fortunate to say that I do love it still feel challenged by it. Not everyone can say that.

Steve Jobs is in cinemas now

The Dressmaker is in cinemas on 20 November

18 Nov 15
Articles, Interviews, Kate, Magazines, Steve Jobs, VideosComments Off on 8 Top Actresses on Pay Gap, Sex Scenes & the Price of Speaking Frankly

The Hollywood Reporter met with Kate and seven other amazingly talented actresses for thier annual Actress Roundtable!

Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Winslet, Jane Fonda, Carey Mulligan, Brie Larson, Helen Mirren and Charlotte Rampling join for THR’s annual fun, frank and uncensored Actress Roundtable.

When eight of the world’s most accomplished performers gathered in one place on Nov. 14 for THR’s annual Actress Roundtable, you might have expected some backstage drama. Sure, there was a slight kerfuffle over whether their stylists should be allowed on-set, and then there was a major case of hunger pangs when new mom Carey Mulligan, 30, and newly-in-from-China Jennifer Lawrence, 25, both had to wolf down bananas before the shoot. But other than that, it was a lovefest as the two actresses joined Cate Blanchett (Carol, Truth), 46; Jane Fonda (Youth), 77; Brie Larson (Room), 26; Helen Mirren (Trumbo, Woman in Gold), 70; Charlotte Rampling (45 Years), 69; and Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs), 40, in a discussion that ranged from the pay gap between men and women to the other careers these actresses might have chosen to — yes — how to pee on film.

I’ll start with a simple question. Why do you act?

LARSON: That’s not a simple question. (Laughter.)

LAWRENCE: Because I have to.

RAMPLING: It’s all I can do, I think.

MIRREN: I became an actress because I discovered the world of the imagination when I was about 14 or so and the concept that you could engage in this amazing world of storytelling. I saw a production of Hamlet, and I didn’t know Hamlet died in the end.

BLANCHETT: He does? Shit.

LAWRENCE: Who’s Hamlet?

BLANCHETT: It’s a bit like asking why you love somebody. But for me, it’s a vocation, and in the end, I feel like I didn’t choose it. It chose me. All those out-of-work actors will probably tell me to shut up — and I’ll have to commit ritual suicide — but I’m always trying to not do it, to be honest. And then you get a call from Martin Scorsese or Todd Haynes, and you get drawn back into it.

WINSLET: It can be lonely, actually, especially when you’re younger. I remember those moments of going, “Wow, I’m doing this by myself.” And what’s interesting is: Who do you act for? I remember being asked that in a room with lots of really scary people, like Kenneth Branagh and Derek Jacobi. And everyone said a parent. Every single person.

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18 Nov 15
Interviews, Steve JobsComments Off on Kate Winslet on Honing Her Dialect for ‘Steve Jobs’ and Her Time With Joanna Hoffman

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.

18 Nov 15
Dressmaker, VideosComments Off on Behind The Scenes With Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth On ‘The Dressmaker’

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.


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