Kate Winslet is no longer concerned about being caught off guard on the red carpet because she’s too smart for that to happen.
The Oscar-winning actress began her career over 20 years ago so she’s used to being in the spotlight, both publicly and personally. When she was younger the thought of giving interviews was petrifying, but as time has gone on she’s learnt how to play the game and not give too much away.
“I know how to do interviews,” she told Britain’s Stylist magazine. “I know how to conduct myself in the workplace, I know how to be a mother, I know how to be a wife, and I’ve taught myself all these things. I can walk down a red carpet and not worry any more that somebody is going to catch me off guard because they’re not. I’m too smart for that now.
“It’s not necessarily that I love it but I know how to do it. I’m a really good multitasker. I tend to be 10 steps ahead of everyone else. There is definitely an art to it.”
The 40-year-old star can’t buy into some things which are often viewed as part of her job, such as thinking of herself as a ‘brand’. The very idea of that irritates her, with Kate claiming when she’s on the red carpet she is “playing a role” and not trying to promote herself.
“It is the version of me that’s really good at talking to journalists and smiling for a camera,” she explained. “It is just one evening of complete chaos, then back home to feed the pigs.”
What’s more interesting to the star is considering her career as a whole, and how lucky she has been with some of the roles she’s won. 1994 movie Heavenly Creatures is the one that started it all for her, and as such it’ll always have a special place in her heart.
“It was the biggest turning point of my life,” she said. “Some actors will be cast in their first film and that first film might never see the light of day. That was my first audition for a film, so the fact that I got the job was amazing. If it hadn’t been for that I’d have never got the audition for Sense and Sensibility, and if I hadn’t been in Sense and Sensibility, I wouldn’t have been in Hamlet, or Titanic…”
– Cover Media