For Winslet, motherhood mingles with ‘Labor Day’
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25

TORONTO (AP) — Before a reporter has barely entered the room, Kate Winslet has defused any formality. After shedding her heels, she announces her exasperation about actors (especially herself) talking about themselves.

“Don’t you find yourself nodding off and going, ‘Here they go again’?” she asks. “I know that I love my job. I (expletive) hate talking about how much I love my job because how can you talk about that without sounding really indulgent?”

She may be a regular honoree at awards shows and a constant presence in prestigious projects from “Sense and Sensibility” to “The Reader.” But Winslet, who grew up in a large, working-class family outside London, has an uncommon candor and easy uninhibitedness that has made her both an engagingly down-to-earth personality and a naturalistic actress with quick access to deep emotions.

Winslet was seven-months pregnant at an interview last September at the Toronto International Film Festival, where she debuted “Labor Day,” a Jason Reitman-directed drama opening in theaters Friday. In December, she gave birth to a boy, her third child and first with her third husband, Ned Rocknroll, the nephew of billionaire Richard Branson. (Winslet has a child with each previous husband, Sam Mendes and Jim Threapleton.)

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2013 Public Appearances
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25

Small update.

[063] September 7th – 2013 Toronto International Film Festival – Labor Day Press Conference
[178] September 7th – 2013 Toronto International Film Festival – Labor Day Premiere


Kate Winslet initially refused Labor Day role
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21

Kate Winslet initially turned down the role of single mother Adele Wheeler in ‘Labor Day’, but reconsidered because of director Jason Reitman.

Kate Winslet initially turned down her role in ‘Labor Day’.

The 38-year-old actress was nominated for a Best Actress Golden Globe for her portrayal of depressed single mother Adele Wheeler – whose character was written by director Jason Reitman with Kate in mind – in the film, and admits she turned down the role at first only to be persuaded by filmmaker Reitman to reconsider.

She said: “I had just finished working in Paris with Roman Polanski [on 'Carnage'] and it was March of 2010 and Jason wanted to start filming in June and I knew that was quite quick for me. I wouldn’t normally do things so close together.

“I loved the script, but said ‘Sadly I can’t do it’ and he said, ‘Why not?’ Which I thought was incredibly bold, and I was enamoured by that response.”

Despite Winslet – who is mother to three children from three different marriages – turning down the role, Reitman even changed the films production schedule to suit her.

She told Total Film magazine: “I’d made a commitment to myself in my life that I wasn’t going to work until the following year. And he said, ‘When would you do it?’ And I said, ‘A year from now,’ and he said ‘Ok.’

“And that has never happened to me before – someone’s actually waited a whole year. And I felt very, very fortunate that he was prepared to do that.”

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Divergent ‘Winter Olympics’ Preview
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Divergent “Kate Winslet Villain” Featurette
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Kate Winslet Names Her Son Bear
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25

Talk about animal magnetism.

Kate Winslet and her husband of one year, Ned Rocknroll, have named their newborn son Bear Winslet, a spokesperson for Winslet confirms to PEOPLE.

The Oscar winner welcomed her third child on Dec. 7 at a National Health Service hospital near the West Sussex home she shares with her husband and children, Mia, 13 and Joe, 10.

In the weeks leading up to baby Bear’s arrival, Winslet, 38, had been seen relaxing, dining out and taking in a London theater show with friends.

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Rocknroll, 35, who works on his uncle Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic project, was previously called Abel Smith before officially changing his name.

Other famous Bears, aside from Paddington and Smokey, include the British adventurer Bear Grylls and Alicia Silverstone‘s son, Bear Blu.

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Kate Winslet plays it cool in her new movie Divergent
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15

KATE WINSLET claims she took on the role of a villain in her latest film in order to be considered “cool” by her children.

The actress, 37, who plays the dastardly Jeanine Matthews in the forthcoming sci-fi movie Divergent, says: “My daughter, two days ago, came home from school and went, ‘Mum! You’re never going to believe it. Rufus came up to me at school and said, Is your mum really in Divergent? Is there going to be a premiere? Can you get me a ticket?’”

Winslet, who has daughter Mia, 12, and son Joe, nine, from previous marriages, is expecting her third child with husband Ned Rocknroll.

She adds: “My daughter suddenly had a new-found respect for me. I’m just going to go with that. I did it because I wanted my kids to think I was cool.”

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Kate Winslet, Judy Davis to Star in Revenge Dramedy ‘The Dressmaker’
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07

SYDNEY — Kate Winslet and Judy Davis have signed on to star in the latest feature from Australian writer-director Jocelyn Moorhouse, producers Film Art Media said Thursday.

The Dressmaker, billed as a stylish drama with comic undertones, centers on Tilly Dunnage (Winslet), who returns after many years in Europe to her small Australian outback hometown with revenge on her mind.

Tilly, a talented couturier, returns to the remote country town from which she fled as a child after being accused of murder. She wishes to make amends with her eccentric mother, Molly (Davis), but first must unravel the secrets of her past.

Moorhouse describes the tale of love, revenge and 1950s haute couture as “Unforgiven with a sewing machine.”

“This is a project with rich, complex characters and an indelible Australian setting. Jocelyn is the perfect filmmaker to bring Rosalie Ham’s book to screens throughout the world,” producer Sue Maslin said. “The incredible assembly of talent in front and behind the camera is testimony to the ambition of everyone involved to make a great film. We look forward to working with Universal Pictures to bring this project to Australian audiences.”

Principal photography will start Down Under in 2014.

The Dressmaker is based on the novel of the same name by Ham, which Maslin optioned four years ago and asked Moorhouse to write and direct.

Working with Moorhouse will be Academy Award-winning costume designer Tim Chappel and crew including director of photography Don McAlpine, production designer Roger Ford and editor Jill Bilcock.

The Dressmaker has been financed with the assistance of Screen Australia, the Ingenious Senior Film Fund advised by Ingenious Media and Apollo Media, White Hot Productions, Film Victoria and Soundfirm.

The film will be released in Australia and New Zealand by Universal Pictures International and is being sold worldwide by U.K. based sales agent Embankment Films and co-represented in the U.S. with CAA.

Winslet is represented by CAA and United Agents. Davis is represented by Shanahan Management.

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Third Child on the Way for Kate Winslet
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05

Congrats Kate!

Kate Winslet is pregnant!

The Titanic actress, 37, and her husband Ned Rocknroll are expecting their first child together, PEOPLE has confirmed with her rep exclusively.

“Kate and Ned are delighted” over the news, the rep adds.

Despite her previous marriages ending in divorce, Winslet — also mom to daughter Mia, 12, and son Joe, 9 — always knew she wanted to expand her family further.

“I’m hoping to have more kids,” Winslet told InStyle in 2006. “I don’t know whether one or two. Oh, God, I would love to have more.”

The Oscar-, Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning actress and Rocknroll, 34 — who is the nephew of Richard Branson — tied the knot in a secret ceremony in December after they began dating in the fall of 2011.

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Kate Winslet Eyes Divergent
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27

Kate Winslet is said to be in talks for an unspecified role in Neil Burger’s Divergent, Variety reports.

Shailene Woodley is already set to lead the adventure, which centers around the monumental choice of deciding who you are and discovering who you can be. Set in a future where America is divided into five ideological factions to stabilize society and uphold peace, every citizen must choose a permanent faction at age 16 – either their own or another. Struggling to survive her initiation into the most aggressive and physically demanding of the factions, Beatrice Prior must uncover her true hidden strengths and risk her family, her new found love, and her very own life to defuse a mysterious conspiracy which could change the balance of power forever.

Winslet, who last appeared in Contagion, will next appear in the ensemble sketch anthology Movie 43.

Divergent is planned to hit theaters on March 21, 2014 with Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher producing via their Red Wagon Entertainment banner along with Pouya Shahbazian.

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