Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Kate: It's Great to Be Nearly 40; Kate Winslet INTERVIEW as She Returns to the Genre That Put Her on the Map, Kate Winslet Talks to Susan Griffin about the 'Liberation' of Approaching 40, Why She Hid Her Pregnancy While Making A Little Chaos and the Trouble with Corsets

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Kate: It's Great to Be Nearly 40; Kate Winslet INTERVIEW as She Returns to the Genre That Put Her on the Map, Kate Winslet Talks to Susan Griffin about the 'Liberation' of Approaching 40, Why She Hid Her Pregnancy While Making A Little Chaos and the Trouble with Corsets

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KINTERVIEW ATE Winslet is a woman in demand, but she's couldn't resist signing up for her latest role in A Little Chaos, given that the man behind the camera was an old friend.

Kate Winslet "When I was sent the script, it came with a hand- written note from Alan [Rickman], saying he thought he wanted to direct the film and he talked a little bit about why he loved it. I was so excited to read it, because we had this history of having worked together 20 years ago, when I was 19 and terrified of everything, in particular him," explains a fast-talking Winslet, looking glamorous in black leather trousers and fitted jacket.

The pair appeared in 1995's Sense And Sensibility together, a film that earned the actress her first of six Academy Award nominations (she's won once, for 2008's The Reader).

It wasn't only the chance to reunite with Rickman that appealed to the 39-year-old star, however.

"It was also the idea of appearing in a period film again, which I haven't done since Finding Neverland, which was filmed in 2002. I was tremendously excited," she says.

Set in the late 17th century, A Little Chaos tells the story of Sabine De Barra (Winslet), a free-spirited landscape gardener who's assigned by King Louis XIV's landscape artist Andre Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts) to build one of the main gardens at the Palace of Versailles.

"There was something really new and fresh about this character of Sabine, an almost bohemian spirit in quite a rigid time period. I'm always drawn to characters who feel a little bit different from their surroundings, and who have their own rule book. Sabine offered all that, and more, to me."

And then, as mentioned, there was the script, written by Alison Deegan and honed by Rickman and screenwriter Jeremy Brock, which is a brilliant take on the interplay between men and women.

"It's a very beautiful, very accessible love story," notes the Reading-born actress.

"I think that people are often really intimidated about period films, in the same way I think people are intimidated by Shakespeare. But this is quite modern, and it doesn't sound like we are from another time at all. …

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