Rewind: Kate Winslet Doesn't Want to Be Famous
By ROBERT PACE
October 12, 2012
Kate Winslet has produced many award-winning roles throughout her career, but none of her roles will ever be so deeply ingrained in film history as her portrayal of "Rose" in Titanic. This Pop Culture Rewind takes you back to right before Winslet became part of one of the most successful films in history.
On this day in 1996, the then-21-year-old Winslet was being interviewed about a film of hers that had just been released in the U.K. and was on the brink of being released in the U.S. called Jude.
When discussing the period wardrobe in her current film, the humble British actress admits that it isn't too flattering, but that she in fact enjoys not looking her best on camera like she does in the concluding water scenes of Titanic.
"I love looking absolutely awful on camera," she says in the video flashback. "The last couple days I've been shooting on 'Titanic' and I've been having to look like I've got hypothermia...I think there's...nothing like that. I think if you have a problem as an actor with looking awful on screen--again, don't bother."
Coming from humble beginnings, the down-to-earth Reading native also plays down the importance of her Oscar nomination for supporting for Sense and Sensibility, which she had earned the year before.
"Life hasn't changed. I'm still me. I still got a great family and I've got a wonderful flat in London," Winslet says. "To me, it's not about making heaps of money and being famous. In fact, [it's] quite the opposite. I really would work for nothing and I don't particularly want to be famous. The financial side of it, to me, is an absolute bonus. It means that I can take care of people that I love."
Perhaps to her dismay, fame sought her out with a vengeance a year later when Titantic became the world's highest grossing film to date by raking in $2.2 billion worldwide.
Perhaps to her delight, the heaps of money came as well.
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