MAMMA 'N' MIA; Kate Winslet Tells Why She Is Happy to Spend Lots of Time at Home with Her Little Girl and the Teletubbies

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MAMMA 'N' MIA; Kate Winslet Tells Why She Is Happy to Spend Lots of Time at Home with Her Little Girl and the Teletubbies


Byline: RICK FULTON EXCLUSIVE

KATE WINSLET'S daughter Mia may be getting used to her parents' split - but she still has difficulty recognising her mum.

The 17-month-old tot is used to seeing Kate dressed up in films, but a recent photoshoot had her totally stumped.

Kate, who won Best Actress for Enigma at the Empire Awards this week and whose new movie, Iris, opens in Scotland next Friday, says: "She's an incredibly happy little thing and she's quite used to seeing Mummy dressed up for films.

"She didn't even flinch at the change to my hair in Iris.

"The only time when I think she genuinely didn't know it was me was when I was in Texas shooting The Life Of David Gale with Alan Parker.

"On one of my days off, I had to do a half day photoshoot for a magazine. It was lots of make-up and very different hair, and she couldn't work out that it was me at all.

"She was very confused by the whole thing. So I got the shoot over and done with as soon as I could, scrubbed my face and she realised it was me. That's the only time she's ever been remotely thrown."

It's been a difficult year for the actress, what with divorcing Jim Threapleton, hooking up with Sam Mendes and the emotional fall-out in between.

What's kept her sane has been having her daughter to sing with and watch Teletubbies.

Special appearances aside, in the past year she's only worked 11 weeks, spending the rest of her time with Mia.

Kate said: "I am present in her life in a way many working mothers probably are not. Most people have to work from nine to five and that's never the case with me."

And when it's time for bed, Mia prefers a story by mum than watching a video.

The proud mum says: "She's big into anything with animals at the moment, particularly farmyard animals. I do the noises and she tends to copy, which is quite funny. We've got cows down to a fine art."

It was while Kate was working on The Life of David Gale, co-starring Kevin Spacey, in Austin, Texas, that the romance between Kate and Sam came to light. The two were seen emerging from hotel bedrooms together while on location.

That didn't stop Threapleton flying out to face the couple and spend time with Mia.

Kate, 26, was not in court when her divorce was eventually granted in September, citing Jim Threapleton's "unreasonable behaviour".

HIS friends insist he only agreed to "unreasonable" grounds to allow Kate a quickie divorce but has been prevented from discussing details of the divorce deal, although it's thought he received around pounds 500,000.

Jim will only admit: "Life was rough, living with a movie star."

But, rather waspishly, he adds: "I'm much happier now. I am actually seeing more of my daughter since we split up. My relationship with Kate is perfect now."

The relationship collapsed within months of Mia's birth, with Jim apparently frustrated and out of work for much of the time, while his wife fielded lucrative film offers. Tempers flared over money and childcare issues.

Yet to the outside world, Kate painted a portrait of a blissful marriage, which may have been her best performance to date.

On more than one occasion, she paid tribute to Jim's skills at bringing up baby, gushing: "There are times when I look at Jim with Mia and think 'God, I wish I could be as brilliant with her as he is'."

However, signs of strain were already evident when she turned up alone for the Scottish premiere of Enigma last summer and spent the evening chatting to actor pals while dodging the Press.

At first, they claimed it was an "amicable and respectful" separation, with no third parties involved.

But Kate firmly ruled out any chance of reconciliation and there are hints that a major incident last summer led to her moving out of the marital home.

She told friends she was the injured party and therefore saw nothing wrong in going public about her romance with Sam Mendes. …

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