Magazine article Screen International

Kate Winslet Reflects on 'Titanic', 'Eternal Sunshine' and 'Steve Jobs'

Magazine article Screen International

Kate Winslet Reflects on 'Titanic', 'Eternal Sunshine' and 'Steve Jobs'

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Kate Winslet discussed her career to date at a Bafta Life In Pictures event, which took place at Bafta's HQ in London.

The Oscar-winning actor talked through nine of her films, starting with her first role in Peter Jackson's 1994 film Heavenly Creatures, her development as an actor in Ang Lee's Sense And Sensibility, and her rapid ascent to global stardom in James Cameron's Titanic.

She then recounted working alongside Harvey Keitel in Jane Campion's Holy Smoke and Jim Carrey in Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, re-teaming with Leonardo DiCaprio in Revolutionary Road, and winning an Oscar for The Reader, before rounding offwith her recent performances in The Dressmaker and Steve Jobs.

Winslet rounded offthe evening by addressing the recent media coverage of comments she made about the gender pay gap: "Jennifer Lawrence is amazing for speaking up. What I have a problem with [is that] journalists on the red carpet will now say, "So, how do you feel about the gender pay gap?"..."Do you know whether you got paid less or more than Michael Fassbender?"

"That question? That to me is not very nice. I'm not going to have that conversation with a friend or even a family member, let alone in public."

Heavenly Creatures

Winslet was just 17 years old when she landed her first film role in Heavenly Creatures, Peter Jackson's film about the Parker-Hulme murder case in New Zealand.

"We'd done the first series of that and I'd just finished my GCSEs, and things moved really suddenly quite quickly. I was sent this script [Heavenly Creatures] for a film audition.

"I remember that we had to drive to my agent's office and I remember saying to dad "Oh my God dad, it's an audition for a film. Do you think like I might get it?" And he just looked at me and he said, "Yeah, you will."

"And so I remember thinking, "God that's it isn't it, I've got to absolutely believe that I'm going to get this part," because so much of it is believing that you will and willing things into existence."

However, Winslet now reflects on the film with some embarrassment: "Oh my God, it's so over the top."

Sense And Sensibility

Winslet's next major film role was in Ang Lee's adaptation of Jane Austen's classic British novel Sense And Sensibility.

The actress recalled the firm treatment she experienced at the hands of the renowned director: "This was truly one of the most awful moments of my whole life. I remember going to him and saying, "So, you know, how was everything?" And he went, "You'll get better."

"And I went, "Okay." And I remember going home, crying my eyes out and thinking, "No, Kate, this is it now, this is it. You are in a film, you're not even worthy of this role.

"I'm sure they read the wrong name offthe list and they're just too embarrassed to say, 'Look, we didn't really want you for the part love, but you're here anyway so get on with it'."

The actress then spoke about how co-star Emma Thompson came to her defence: I remember saying to Emma Thompson, "Oh my God, can I tell you this thing that Ang said to me." And she said, "Oh darling, oh my God, what did he say?" I said, and I told her the whole story and she went, "Oh for fuck's sake, that is abuse."."


The conversation then moved onto the gruelling experience of filming James Cameron's Oscar-winning Titanic, which remains to this day the second highest-grossing film of all time and propelled the still young actor onto the A-list:

"It was this completely extraordinary experience, but very, very hard. I remember finishing filming and joining my family on holiday in Scotland.

"I remember falling asleep one afternoon, it was half four or something, and I remember waking up the following morning at 11am, I really had slept for a just enormous number of hours, I was absolutely shattered."

Holy Smoke

Winslet then recalled the unusual audition she undertook on Jane Campion's Holy Smoke: "Harvey Keitel is a particularly big fan of improvising. …

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