Kate Winslet - growing up
A rich interview about acting and growing up. Kate has lovely childhood memories -
The Winslets lived in a three-bedroom house where there was never any money, but lots of noise, fun, food and sharing: 'Very much a working-class upbringing. I’m from a gaggle of people who do turns at the open mike, or sing along with pub pianists.’ Theatre, then, but in the people’s tradition. She has memories of sitting at the kitchen table testing her father on his lines for a part in Casualty, and the little sisters testing each other on parts for productions at school or the local youth theatre, Foundations. From a young age, Kate and her sisters, Anna and Beth, lived for shows: acting in them, going to London to see them (their favourite: Starlight Express – they saw it five times), getting Sally [her mother] to make costumes, obsessing over Minipops on television, just enjoying the smell of make-up and the hysteria of the dressing-room.
Other memories that stand out are the October half-terms spent in Cornwall: 'We went on big holidays with other families, all dogs and harmonicas and barbecues on the beach, and if anyone said, “Look at that sea!”, even if there were no towels and it was blowing a bloody gale, everyone would go in. Women running in bras and petticoats, holding cameras above their heads taking pictures, then everyone coming out… I love that feeling of being vigorously towelled down by your mum after you’ve been in the sea, knowing you’re going back to a baked potato with masses of grated cheese.’ She pauses, smiles thoughtfully at this reminiscence, and pushes a tail of blond hair back behind her right ear. 'Or chilli con carne. Anyway. That was the sort of childhood I had.’
At the age of 22, Winslet broke the record for the youngest person to receive two Oscar nominations. I thought she was wonderful in Sense and Sensibility and The Titanic. She is a contender for two Oscars this year, following Golden Globe nominations for her work in Revolutionary Road and The Reader.