Lessons I’ve learnt

KATE WINSLET

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Front Page -

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.

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