Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Words from Wise Women: Kate Winslet

When I first saw Titanic in the third grade, I was mesmerized by Kate Winslet's beauty. She was gorgeous and, even at the ripe age of seven, I knew she was different than other actresses. She was real. Ever since then, so many of her films have become my all-time favorites (The Reader, The Holiday, Finding Neverland...the list goes on.). She's the type of actress I respect profusely; fantastic at her craft, and honest about life. She's truly someone I am proud to see on magazine covers; someone I look up to when it comes to body image.

“I was a wayward child, very passionate and very determined. If I made up my mind to do something, there was no stopping me.”

Yes, my life is incredible but oh my god, I have to work at it. It’s the same for any working woman. You run and you work and you try not to let anything drop.

There are moments to indulge and enjoy, but I always know when it’s time to go home and wash my knickers.”

As a child, I never heard one woman say to me: ‘I love my body.’ Not my mother, my elder sister, my best friend. Not one woman has ever said: ‘I am so proud of my body.’ So, I make sure I say it to Mia, because a positive physical outlook has to start from a very early age.”

I'd much rather be known as some curvy Kate than as some skinny stick.” 

Nobody is perfect. I just don't believe in perfection. But I do believe in saying, 'This is who I am and look at me not being perfect!' I'm proud of that.

There's more to life than cheekbones.

I need to be looked after. I’m not talking about diamond rings and nice restaurants and fancy stuff—in fact, that makes me uncomfortable. I didn’t grow up with it and it’s not me, you know. But I need someone to say to me, ‘Shall I run you a bath?’ or ‘Let’s go to the pub, just us.’

I do think it’s important for young women to know that magazine covers are retouched. People don’t really look like that. In films I might look glamorous, but I’ve been in hair and make-up for two hours.” 

Even now I do not consider myself to be some kind of great, sexy beauty. I don’t mind the way I’m ageing. No reason to panic just yet. I think I look my age, and that’s fine. The lord God almighty has done me proud with my features which I'm proud of and have no desire to alter them. I say let nature take its course. 

I don't feel like a movie star in my life at all, and I don't particularly think I behave like one. I don't have my own plane. I don't have a chef or a trainer. To me, you're a movie star only during the time when you're at the Academy Awards or at an important glamorous event. It's very much a hat that you wear, and as soon as the event's over, that hat comes off. I'm back to being me and being Mommy, and that's my priority. ”

When you're the mother of small children, life becomes a holiday.

Life is short, and it is here to be lived.”

(Oh, Kate. You're such an inspiration.)

(above graphic by me.)
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  1. I respect Kate so much more now. She's incredible. I adore her in The Holiday.

  2. She's one of my favorite actresses so of course I love this post!

  3. I love her too. And The Holiday is my all time favourite movie :)

  4. I think I could watch The Holiday every single day. It makes me squeal during certain parts still!

  5. I love this post just about as much as I love Kate herself. Perfect in her unperfect way. :)

  6. i love so many of these quotes! i love how confident she is in her own skin. i do take issue with some of the things she says, such as making skinny out to be the enemy. i'm a huge fan of loving your own body, but my pet peeve is when people think they need to compare it to another body type to do so. "skinny sticks" are people too :)

    1. I totally agree with you. I don't like that approach either–I think she may be referencing the idea of model-skinny, unhealthy, forced skinny... If that makes sense?

      But you're right, neither one should be considered better than the other. Great point.

  7. Nice post , i absolutely agree with you Kate is one of my favorite actress she got all. She is an inspiration and has a good heart . One things proves that she is a great actress is she had received lots of awards from her art.

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