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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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.”
As we recently reported, Jason Reitman’s next project, Labor Day, will begin filming in the Boston area next month, and this week a few more details about the movie’s filming locations has emerged.
The movie, starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, is based on Joyce Maynard’s novel of the same name.
Labor Day will shoot scenes in Acton, MA on June 25 and August 22, 2012. The scenes will take place at a private residence on Piper Road which will play Winslet’s character’s home. Another scene may be filmed at the Acton Senior Center where Winslet’s character will teach an exercise class.