Kate Winslet attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California. File/AFP
Actress Kate Winslet is opening up about being in the limelight and the pressure she had to look a certain way. With Winslet’s daughter gaining notoriety for her acting work, the “Titanic” alum talks about how much more difficult it is now. “When I was younger my agent would get calls saying, ‘how’s her weight?’,” she told the Sunday Times in an interview, reports ‘Deadline’.
However, at the age of 47, Winslet says that she cares “about being that actor who moves their face and has a body that jiggles” and feels things in the industry have changed. Winslet’s daughter Mia Threapleton is 22 years old and with social media ever present in everyone’s daily life, it represents a new difficulty for celebrities as they have to be more guarded.
“It was hard enough having the flipping News of the World on my doorstep, but that doesn’t even cut it now,” she said. “That phrase about ‘today’s news being tomorrow’s fish and chip paper’ doesn’t exist. The thing you did when you were drunk or foolish? It may come back to haunt you. Needing to be on one’s guard for young actors is just a different thing. It must be extraordinarily hard.”
Winslet stars with her daughter in “I Am Ruth” where they play mother and daughter where self-identity issues are at the centre of the story. Meanwhile, “The Holiday” is not getting a sequel — despite new reports promising a follow-up to Nancy Meyers’ 2006 romantic comedy, according to the 72-year-old Oscar nominee and star Kate Winslet.
“Nope” was the answer sent to the Daily News by the Academy Award-winning actress’ publicist when asked if she would indeed be reuniting with costar Cameron Diaz to bring audiences a new chapter in the “Holiday” canon. “I read something about that, but it’s the first I’ve heard of it,” Winslet, 47, told People while promoting an actual — also long-awaited — sequel, “Avatar: The Way of Water,” noting that no one “has had any conversation with me about that.
Hand on heart, that’s never come up.” Meyers, also known for penning modern romantic comedy classics like “Something’s Gotta Give” and “It’s Complicated,” took to Instagram to shut down rumors herself, noting she’d received “so many DM’s about this.” “The Holiday” saw Winslet and Diaz, 50, as Iris and Amanda, respectively, who are looking to escape their lives and, in turn, swap homes for the Christmas holiday.
Iris (Winslet) tries to move on from her ex in sunny L.A. with the help of new friends and a new man (Jack Black), while a hardened and recently single Amanda (Diaz) finds herself staying near London and falling for Iris’ brother (Jude Law). Prolific in film since 1994, Winslet’s most acclaimed and highest-grossing films, according to the online portal Box Office Mojo and the review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, include “Heavenly Creatures” (1994), “Sense and Sensibility” (1995), “Titanic” (1997), “Finding Neverland” (2004), “The Holiday” (2006), “Contagion” (2011), “Divergent” (2014), “Insurgent” (2015), and “Steve Jobs” (2015). Her television projects include the miniseries “Mildred Pierce” (2011) and “Mare of Easttown” (2021).
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