Kate Winslet on Body Image, the Interesting Place She Keeps Her Oscar, and Her New Film Steve Jobs
Kate Winslet has accomplished a lot since she first stole our hearts as Rose DeWitt Bukater in Titanic back in 1997. She's a Hollywood veteran with an Oscar, three Golden Globes, an Emmy, and a Grammy (In 2000, she won as part of an ensemble for Best Spoken Word Album for Children with "Listen to the Storyteller"). Up next, Winslet is starring in Steve Jobs as well as The Dressmaker, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
In Steve Jobs, in theaters October 23, she plays Joanna Hoffman, the Apple exec's confidante and marketing chief. "I loved the way that [Joanna] didn’t suffer fools, in particular Steve,” Winslet tells the WSJ Magazine in their October issue. “Anytime a woman can keep a hotheaded male with a reputation for being a bit of a loose cannon in check, that’s an amazing quality." Determined to portray Hoffman's zest with authenticity she did her research, met with the former Apple employee, and made sure her Eastern European accent was flawless—something she also did for her Oscar-winning role for The Reader.
While it's too early to tell if this role will lead to another statue, we expect if she does win the award, it will probably end up in her bathroom. It is, after all, where her current Oscar resides. "The whole point is for everybody to pick it up and go, ‘I’d like to thank my son and my dad’—and you can always tell when someone has, because they’re in there a little bit longer after they flushed," she tells the magazine. "They’ll come out looking slightly pink-cheeked. It’s hysterical.”
As she approaches her 40th birthday, Winslet has a lot to be thankful for, and no longer being a victim of self-critiscm is one of them. "Thank God all that s**t’s evaporated,” she says. “We all focus on our bodies in our late teens and our early 20s, in a way that is just not cool or healthy. In your 30s, you become aware of staying fit. Now I view my physical self as an instrument that I have to keep going because I’m a mother, and I have to be as healthy as I can for those three people who need me—more than I need for myself to be in a f***ing nude scene.”
For more of Winslet's interview, head to wsj.com.