Kate Winslet talks about her dreams, the Oscar winning Nazi character she portrays, working in Germany and nudity in The Reader
Do you have any concerns or what your thoughts about your wonderfully portrayed character in The Reader, people loving that character would show sympathy for a Nazi, because your character was portrayed so beautifully?
I dont have any concerns, you know. I mean, I cant be responsible for the emotional response that an audience has to any film. I dont think any actor really can, and I think going into it, I was very aware that if an audience did feel any level of sympathy for Hannah, and they felt morally compromised as a consequence, that would be an interesting emotion for them to then deal with. It certainly wasnt my intention to make people sympathize with an SS guard.
What is your reaction to the people, and there are some people in Britain who were upset that you were crying in some of your acceptance speeches. And tonight, you did get to show some emotion. Do you think that theyre going to start getting on you for that as well?
I really dont care. I really dont care. And quite honestly, it makes me very sad that my own country cant be pleased for the successes of their own kind in the way that America really seems to be able to be. So, I really dont care.
You said about your dreams from back when you were an eight year old, I mean, did you ever worry or have nightmares that may be you wouldnt be standing here?
Yeah. Its a dream is a dream is a dream. You know, and, when that dream starts to become a reality, the nightmare doesnt seem to kick in, and I think I just, I just always knew that it was a dream. It was a fantasy that probably would never happen. And so, its sort of dawning on me now that I just won an Oscar. Its only starting to sink in right now actually. Oh, my God.
And, at the nominees luncheon, you said you practiced that face when your name doesnt get called. Did you practice this face tonight?
You have no idea how well I practiced that face. It was a good face. I practiced quite considerably, actually. Oh, yeah. You get good at practicing that face.
You were just a little girl from Redding. So, just tell me how this little girl from Redding feels tonight?
Like a little girl from Redding. Like a little girl from Redding. Did you see my mum and dad? My mum won a picked onion competition in the local pub just before Christmas, and you know, that was a big deal. And, the Redding Evening Post sent me a picture of her holding up her jar. Well, Redding Evening Post, theres your next Winslet picture. Its, its unbelievable. You just dont think that these dreams that seem so silly and so impossible could ever really come true. And having been here before and lost to be here and win, Ive got to tell you, winning is really a lot better than losing. Really a lot better.
All Russian women were for you for years. Every job has a joke with it. So, there was a joke in there. If you remember that. And do you believe in fate? Sometimes we say we dream a lot, and we bring with this dream come true because of our dream. Do you believe that there is a secret in dreaming?
Well, look at this. Theres got to be. Yes, I do. Yes, I do. I do. I think theres a, I think theres a secret in having some kind of belief in yourself, you know, and you know, I feel like a very unlikely hero here right now. I was not the privileged kid who thinks like this could possibly happen to, and you know, its yeah. It really is a dream coming true. It really is.
Who is the designer for the dress and why did you choose this style and color?
This is Yves St. Laurant. Sorry. Its just the fashion questions always really make me laugh. Its Yves St. Laurant. Its gunmetal gray. And, I just really liked it. I just thought it was really elegant. I thought my mum would think it was really pretty. And that is why that is why I wanted to wear it.
On a more serious note, I wanted to ask you what your thoughts were about the situation with the Screen Actors Guild and rejecting the latest offer. Do you think we are headed possibly for a strike?
I hope not. I really hope not. And its not because of the actors here tonight, you know, its not because of us. Its because of people like, my dad, you know, who really relied on voiceovers, and the occasional commercial, and the corporate videos to pay the rent. You know, we cant go on strike because of those people. You know, they need those small jobs. They need to be allowed to do those small jobs, and get that sometimes very small paycheck in order to raise their families, and I really, really, really hope that we dont go on strike, and I think its the last thing that everybody needs right now.
How was it working in Germany with the German costars and the crew in Berlin, you mentioned it in your speech?
It was, it was absolutely fantastic. I would love to go back to Germany and work again. I have never worked with a more solid group of actors and crew members in my life. They were all completely committed. In a way that was almost startling, you know. These people, I mean, I can put in long hours, but these people were just, they would trade sleep to carry on working, and, theres a lot to be said for that, and, the atmosphere that this type of work ethic really generates is very, very positive and really healthy I think when you are making a film, I think it is about sticking together as a team and all working towards the same end with no one being more important than anybody else. And this film was really an exception to that rule. It was, we were all there sharing a part in pushing this film together. And I would really love to go back to Germany and work again.
What I wanted to ask you was, those films, a lot of sexuality going on in those films especially in The Reader, and I wanted to find out your true thoughts. I would, I love your true candid answers. How does that play out with you and Sam?
To be honest with you, the very straightforward answer is hes used to it. You know, hes seen me naked before we met it before for Gods sake, so, honestly hes used to it. And the person who was the most professional getting through the intimate moments in Revolutionary Road was Sam. You know, I was pathetic. And, and he was absolutely brilliant, and just kept saying to me I whatre we talking about youve done this so many times before, and I would turn to him and say yes darling but youre standing right there, so, isnt it allowed to be a little bit weird and he was just stupid, just get on with it. He was just completely professional so, thats probably a question for him rather than me because as far as I can tell, hes just very accepting of it. Thank you.