I have always admired Kate Winslet ever since she graced the screen in Titanic years back. Since then, her career has flourished and she has not only become an amazing mother, but an inspiration to fellow actors, but millions of fans as well. This month, the Contagion star opens up to V Magazine about her own childhood and inspirations, as well as the UK tabloids, and the future.
On her childhood:
“As a child I was very self sufficient. At the age of 9 I knew I wanted to be an actress. I had that sort of determination that that I can imagine in a 9 or 10 year old girl, for a parent must have fairly disconcerting. ‘That’s what I’m going to do, you know that?’ I didn’t know how on earth I was going to pull any of that off, but I was just sure of it.”
On screen legend Elizabeth Taylor:
“There was a real fearlessness in her… Which in Hollywood perhaps didn’t feel quite as prevalent. She was very strong in her head and in her heart, not just in the exterior, as I suppose I am. To me she hid vulnerability pretty successfully and I do that too.”
On the UK tabloids:
“I am sick about Kate Winslet’s lies about weight loss and Botox. Please look at my face, please study it. Look! Look!”
On the future:
“I hope I am sh*tting mysef over the characters I play for the rest of my life. Because the day I go, ‘Oh yeah, that’s going to be a piece of pie,’ why f*cking bother? If you do that, you do not learn. I hope I am always learning something. So I won an Oscar. That’s amazing. I’ve got that for the rest of my life for a performance I am proud of.”
Check out Kate in Contagion this Friday, and be sure to pick up a copy of V magazine, once it hits newsstands tomorrow!
Cover shot by Mario Testino