Lessons I’ve learnt
AFTER six Oscar nominations and one statue ( for The Reader ), Kate Winslet is entering a new era. And not just because of her split from her second husband, stage and film director Sam Mendes, almost two years ago.
‘‘ I’ve probably never felt as free or as selfconfident in life as I do now,’’ says the Berkshireborn Winslet, 36.
‘‘ It’s so much easier once you’ve gone through all the highs and lows that life throws at you and you realise that you’re still standing and that, actually, the world looks pretty good.
‘‘ That’s why I don’t dwell in the past – it’s much better to just get on with it.’’
And she has. On the career side of things, she was nominated for two Golden Globes in January – winning best actress for playing a strong single mother in TV miniseries Mildred Pierce.
‘‘ Some people have wondered why I chose that role when my own marriage was breaking down,’’ Winslet says of Mildred Pierce.
‘‘ I actually committed to the part before any of that was going on, although the irony wasn’t lost on me while we were working on the series.’’
On the personal side of things, she has been linked to several handsome suitors ( most recently Richard Branson’s nephew Ned Rocknroll), and has moved her children ( Mia, 11, from her marriage to actor Jim Threapleton, and Joe, 8, with Mendes) from New York to London so they’re closer to Mendes as he shoots the new Bond film, Skyfall. It is widely believed that on the 2008 film
Revolutionary Road – which saw Mendes directing Winslet and co- star Leonardo Dicaprio – there was friction between the couple, from which their marriage never recovered.
‘‘ It’s not the easiest situation being a single mother, but Sam has been very good in helping me with our children [ since the separation],’’ Winslet says.
‘‘ They’ve been spending time with both of us. Even though it was hard at first, we’re all doing great and carrying on.’’
Winslet has also tried her hand at being an action hero – although not in the setting you might imagine. She made headlines last August for rescuing Branson’s 90- year- old mother, Eve, after lightning set off a blaze on Branson’s private Caribbean island, where Winslet had been staying with Ned.