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Oct 15
Ali Articles, Steve Jobs Comments Off on How Kate Winslet became an unsinkable acting force

I loved this article from Entertainment Weekly because I think it says a lot about Kate’s talent!

The Oscar winner disappears into her role in ‘Steve Jobs

Ten minutes in to a recent New York Film Festival screening of Steve Jobs, the dark silence of the theater was pierced by a man in the audience whose whisper voice needed some work: “WHO’S THAT ACTRESS?”

Michael Fassbender is the charismatic but difficult Apple icon in the film, and during the outburst of audience interaction, he was engaged in a tense, onscreen conversation with Joanna Hoffman, the company’s put-upon but undaunted marketing chief. She’s played by Kate Winslet, the Oscar-winning actress who’s been nominated for six Academy Awards, including one for her role in what was then the biggest movie of all time, Titanic.

“OH,” said the non-whisperer.

Winslet would probably be pleased with the confusion. The actress, who just turned 40, said she told director Danny Boyle that her goal with Hoffman was to disappear into the part. “It would be very cool if we could have people wondering who that is,” Winslet said. “It’s a great trick. That’s what acting is supposed to be like, and feel like, and if you can pull it off, if you can actually convince an audience that you really are somebody else, that’s a great feeling.”

Kate Winslet is a capital-M movie star, but she’s never really felt – or acted – that way. “I think of myself as a character actress,” she told Kent Jones, director of the NYFF, during an intimate gathering of friends of the Film Society of Lincoln Center on Tuesday night. “I was never particularly pretty when I was younger. I was quite chubby actually and teased for it. And I think when you have that in your mind, you don’t ever see yourself as this sort of beautiful swan or anything like that. So I think I was automatically drawn to these kind of more interesting, not necessarily glamorous roles, just because it felt closer to who I felt I was.”

But glamorous roles are kind of what made Winslet famous, and it’s easy to make assumptions of grandeur about her. She was a perfect Jane Austen lady in Sense and Sensibility (her first Oscar nomination) and her Rose was the model of elegance and refinement in Titanic, the blockbuster that changed her life forever when she was only 21. Combined with the British accent that conveys an air of erudition to many American ears, Winslet seems to belong to the club of classically trained British actors who forged their acting instrument at an elite drama academy.

Not true. Not even close.

Winslet described how her modest beginnings birthed one of the most decorated acting careers of the last quarter century. “I grew up in a tiny, tiny house in a family of impoverished actors … I mean, we didn’t get a VCR until I was 15,” she said. “We were all sort of wandering players, you know. [My father] would work in a post office and then go for auditions in the afternoon. It was really very much a fun, lovely childhood on a shoestring … And I just thought, ‘Well, that seems like a hell of a great gig to me. I’m up for the impoverished actor life, you know.’”

But whether it was instilled by her parents’ passion or simply part of her DNA, Winslet has always possessed a laser-focused drive to succeed. Luck helps too. Her first movie audition was for Heavenly Creatures, a fact-based Australian feature directed by some relative newcomer named Peter Jackson. Not only did she land the role, but the film was excellent and people took notice. “That was a stroke of luck,” she said. “Lots of actors will toodle around making small films and … then 10 years into their career, they might get that great lucky break. Well, I had those lucky breaks straight away.”

Rather then go the academy route to perfect her chops, Winslet quit school at 16 and received her education on movie sets. Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility (on which she and Emma Thompson became lifelong pals) and Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet only reinforced her prestige bona fides, positioning her perfectly for the female role in James Cameron’s epic blockbuster.

The runaway success of Titanic threw her for a loop, though, one that she responded to with indie films, like Hideous Kinky and Holy Smoke. “Call me naive, but I had no idea that that was what was going to happen with that film and to my life,” she said. “I look back, and I just remember thinking, ‘I don’t really know how to do this being-famous thing. And I’m not sure I really like it, and I’m not sure I’m ready for it either.’ And in a funny way, I also didn’t feel particularly like I’d earned it. I was only 21, and I still had so much to learn. I was learning everything on the job, and I just knew that if I allowed myself to really catapult myself into that world, if I really went with it, I think it would’ve made me unhappy possibly.”

Winslet has never succumbed to the pressures of careerism, although she’s not a snob either, what with her role in the Divergent franchise. Eclectic would be an appropriate word for her movie choices – Eternal Sunshine, Iris, Little Children – and she’s not necessary enamored by the privileges of stardom. She still sees herself as one of the players. Back in 2008, right before she was nominated for The Reader, the role that won her her Oscar, she explained to EW the joy and excitement she feels when working. “If I have down time, I’m literally sitting on the [trailer] step, like, ‘Have they called for me? Well, can I just go anyway?’ I just want to stay on the set. You come up with ideas the whole time if you’re on the set and it’s a constant flowing thing. Plus, no one’s waiting for you. I hate that feeling that people are waiting on the actors. I can’t stand it. So I’m just there. And sure enough, 9 times out of 10, ‘Is Kate around?’ ‘Yup, right here. What do you need?’ If you’re on the playing field, you might as well stay on the playing field.”

Steve Jobs, then, was a dream come true for Winslet. True to form, she aggressively pursued the role, even before she’d seen a script. “Okay, there’s woman’s part in this? I need to be in this,” she told EW. “I want to work with Michael Fassbender and Danny Boyle and it’s written by Aaron Sorkin? F—, I’m there. I didn’t even care what role it was. I just wanted to be in it.”

She did a quick Google search for Joanna Hoffman’s photo, purchased a short-haired dark wig, and sent a photo to producer Scott Rudin. Boyle arranged a meeting shortly thereafter, and presto, Winslet was in.

The unconventional three-act structure of the film – with each chapter set around a tech product launch between 1984 and 1998 – is very theatrical, and the prep emphasized all the things that Winslet loves about acting. “We would rehearse each act for 10 days, and then we would stop for a day and then we’d shoot the act,” Winslet said. “There was this great moment that would happen on the last day of each rehearsal. We would just run it twice, like a play. It was fast-paced and fabulous, with all the actors in the room. There was no space for egos. Because we were all there, building this thing together. And everyone’s opinion counted for something.”

People have asked Winslet if she ever plans to direct herself. After all, she’s learned from some of the best, including Boyle, Cameron, Jane Campion, Michel Gondry, Todd Field, Todd Haynes, Roman Polanski, Stephen Daldry, and her ex-husband, Sam Mendes. Maybe, she told EW earlier this year, but directing doesn’t seem like a box she feels like she has to check right now. Her passion is acting with others who share that same enthusiasm. “Acting, it’s playing,” said Winslet. “It’s just dressing up and pretending to be somebody else. And it’s the most fantastic thing in the world.”

Oct 15
Ali Steve Jobs, Videos Comments Off on See Kate Winslet read Michael Fassbender the riot act in emotional Steve Jobs clip

Entertainment Weekly shares a scene between Kate and Michael Fassbender from their new film Steve Jobs! Watch below!

Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs exploded in its limited release debut over the weekend, earning more than $520,000 from four venues, good for a per-theater average of $130,235, the highest mark of any feature this year.

Written by Aaron Sorkin and starring Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs, the film is expected to factor heavily into awards season thanks to its powerful performances and original take on the traditional biopic structure. Sorkin set Steve Jobs at three separate product launches, allowing his main character to interact with the same group of allies and combatants over the course of 14 years.

One of those sparring partners? Joanna Hoffman, played in the film by Kate Winslet. Here, in an exclusive clip from the film set during the third act, Jobs is finally confronted by Hoffman over how the Apple co-founder has treated his daughter. “When you’re a father, that’s what’s supposed to be the best part of you. And it’s caused me two decades of agony, Steve, that it is for you, the worst,” Hoffman tells Jobs through tears.

“For every single one of us actors, each day was a challenge. Each rehearsal day and shooting day was a challenge,” Winslet told EW about preparing for the role.

Watch the powerful scene between Jobs and Hoffman above, and check out EW’s interviews with the Steve Jobs team below.

Steve Jobs is out in limited release now; it will expand nationwide on Oct. 23.

Oct 15
Ali Steve Jobs, Videos Comments Off on Kate Winslet breaks down her ‘Steve Jobs’ transformation

By now, we’re used to seeing Kate Winslet completely disappear into her characters.

But in Steve Jobs, the Oscar winner undergoes her biggest physical transformation since playing Jim Carrey’s blue-haired ex in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. As Macintosh marketing chief Joanna Hoffman, Winslet dons a brunette wig, oversized glasses and dowdy, era-appropriate attire (the film is set at three product launches, in 1984, ’88 and ’98).

So did Winslet have a favorite look? Talking to USA TODAY at the New York Film Festival, the actress said she can’t choose.

“To be honest, I loved them all and it was fantastic. I look so different from the way I do anyway in life, but also I look so different in each of those periods: ’84 is very different from ’88, and then from ’88 to ’98. The ’88 to ’98 jump was almost, I felt, the biggest, because she goes from kind of hip ’80s, to suddenly feeling older and much more like a mother, actually. I wanted her to feel that way in the third act because I think her behavior toward Steve is at its most maternal in Act 3 and it just made sense to me that we should age her in her clothes and her hair, and that it be very particular. But it was lovely to be so involved in the hair and makeup, and in the costume design, much more so than I normally get to be. ”

Spotty Polish accent aside, we think she does a pretty convincing job of embodying the real-life Joanna Hoffman:


Oct 15
Ali Articles, Videos Comments Off on Kate Winslet on Turning 40: ‘It Really Feels Fantastic’

Kate Winslet is proud to hit the big 4-0.

The actress, who celebrated her birthday last week, isn’t concerned about aging one bit. When she stopped by the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday, she couldn’t help but rave about how happy she is to have made it to 40.

“It really feels fantastic actually,” she said. “I mean I have to say, I was gearing up to it. I was getting ready for it and I feel like I’ve earned these 40 stripes. I made it.”

She added, “Does anyone else have the feeling? When you get to 40 and you’re like yes, I’m there! I really have that feeling, so yeah it’s lovely.”

So what was on Winslet’s birthday wish list? Definitely not just an ordinary birthday cake.

“Pigs,” she revealed. “Two pigs. Mables and Socks, their names are.”

Winslet is slowing turning her England home into her own makeshift farm, with her two pigs joining the eight chickens she has running around her property. Not to mention her three children, Mia, 15, Joe, 11, and Bear, 22 months.

But even with the pigs, chickens and her family, Winslet still feels like her home could use a bit more of a green thumb.


Oct 15
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I am so excited to share with you this brand new site dedicated to the talented English actress Kate Winslet.

Kate Winslet Web is dedicated to bringing you all of the information related to Kate and her career and charity work. I first discovered Kate back in 1997 when I saw her performance of Marianne Dashwood in Ang Lee’s film Sense & Sensibility opposite Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant. I have continued to follow her career for almost 20 years and am excited to share her talent with you with this small tribute.

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