KATE WINS­LET'S TWO HAUN­TING FILM EX­PE­RIENCES

Les deux ex­pé­riences ci­né­ma­to­gra­phiques qui ont le plus han­té Kate Wins­let

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Comment sur­vivre en mi­lieu hos­tile, per­due au beau mi­lieu des mon­tagnes après un crash d’avion ? Kate Wins­let af­fronte les élé­ments dans La Mon­tagne entre nous au ci­né­ma le 8 no­vembre. On la ver­ra éga­le­ment dans le nou­veau Woo­dy Al­len, Won­der Wheel, en jan­vier pro­chain. Elle nous ra­conte ces deux tour­nages, ses peurs, et le plai­sir qu’elle trouve à se me­su­rer à elle-même.

Kate Wins­let has two films co­ming this year, and ma­king them has haun­ted her nights. Af­ter fil­ming “The Moun­tain Bet­ween Us” in which she and Idris El­ba play stran­gers stran­ded on an icy, de­so­late moun­tain range when their plane crashes, “I would have pa­nic dreams about my chil­dren being trap­ped un­der ice,” she said, night­mares that are just now sub­si­ding.

2.And for dif­ferent rea­sons, she al­so lost sleep shoo­ting Woo­dy Al­len’s “Won­der Wheel,” set in 1950s Co­ney Is­land (due 31 Jan), in which Wins­let is caught in an un­ful­filling mar­riage and a dead-end job as a wai­tress in a clown house.

3.“The Moun­tain Bet­ween Us” is di­rec­ted by Ha­ny Abu-As­sad and shot in the moun­tains of Wes­tern Ca­na­da. “We would fly up in he­li­cop­ters to work eve­ry day,” she said. “We were ve­ry, ve­ry high up” — about 10,000 feet — “and ve­ry, ve­ry cold” — 36 de­grees be­low ze­ro. To Wins­let, that was the ap­peal. “There’s a cer­tain sense of sa­tis­fac­tion af­ter ha­ving had th­ree chil­dren and being 41 years old, and ac­tual­ly fee­ling pro­ba­bly fit­ter and stron­ger than ever,” she said. “It was like, I can put some of that phy­si­cal strength to good use.” 4. Q. Why pick an en­du­rance test like “Moun­tain Bet­ween Us”? A. I’m much more ta­ken by an ex­treme set of cir­cum­stances than an ea­sy, com­for­table route. I like a chal­lenge, and it’s been a long time since I’ve done a film that re­qui­red such a le­vel of phy­si­cal exer­tion and sta­mi­na and com­mit­ment — and al­so over­co­ming a cer­tain de­gree of fear eve­ry single day. Plus, I’m a much more cold than hot sort of per­son. If a script says, “It’s a swel­te­ring hot day on a beach in Ta­hi­ti,” I’m less in­ter­es­ted.

5. Q. What was sca­ry about this? A. We would go in­to work and there would be six dif­ferent sce­na­rios, ba­sed on whe­ther the he­li­cop­ters could fly that day, ba­sed on the wea­ther — how­ling gale, a bliz­zard. It would take me 45 mi­nutes to dress in the mor­ning, cle­ver layers un­der those cos­tumes, so we didn’t look like Mi­che­lin men. And then I would have

heat packs stuck to me — th­ree on my arms, a couple across my chest. They give out real­ly fast when you’re at al­ti­tude. A couple of mo­ments, we would lose the fee­lings in our toes and have to stop for half an hour, and so­meone would put their gloves on our feet. We were in full sur­vi­val mode.

6. Q. Still, I bet a lot of people would be thril­led to be stran­ded on a moun­tain with Idris El­ba. A. Hell yeah! [Laughs] I could think of worse people to be trap­ped with. I was real­ly grab­bed by the huge chal­lenge [of] put­ting two ac­tors on screen for the en­tire length of a mo­vie. I re­mem­ber thin­king, “Oh my God, we’ve got to keep this in­ter­es­ting, other­wise we’re doo­med.” I think it was real­ly good that we didn’t know each other — we dis­co­ve­red a lot about the other per­son. We got quite good at rea­ding what the other per­son was thin­king and nee­ding — hot packs and hid­den can­dy sup­plies.

7. Q. Do you pre­fer playing strong people fa­cing a vul­ne­rable mo­ment, or vul­ne­rable people fin­ding strength? A. I like cha­rac­ters who are com­ple­te­ly una­fraid of sho­wing all their flaws. I think of­ten people as­so­ciate me with strong cha­rac­ters who are da­ring and re­ck­less. But it’s ve­ry in­ter­es­ting to play a cha­rac­ter who ac­tual­ly is vul­ne­rable. I’m a ve­ry open book. I don’t be­lieve in hi­ding emo­tion. The cha­rac­ter in “The Rea­der” [the 2008 film for which Wins­let won an Os­car] is to­tal­ly clo­sed off and that was ve­ry hard for me, lar­ge­ly be­cause it was so op­po­site who I am. There’s no­thing more ex­ci­ting than rea­ding a script and going, “How am I sup­po­sed to play this part?” [Laughs] When I read the Woo­dy Al­len script, I thought, “Oh my God, I can’t do this.” I read the script sit­ting on the stair­case in my house, and didn’t move un­til I fi­ni­shed rea­ding. I just sat on the stair­case for an hour, in com­plete shock and pa­nic. But that’s the best fee­ling, be­cause sheer ter­ror so­me­times is the grea­test chal­lenge of all.

8. Q. What was the ca­ta­lyst to get you from sheer ter­ror to playing the part? A. Here’s the ca­ta­lyst — pro­ba­bly wasn’t going to get ano­ther go-round with Woo­dy Al­len, so it’s now or ne­ver. The on­ly rea­son I wouldn’t have done it would have been fear, and that is no way to live a life, man.

9. Q. You’ve been ac­ting since your teens. When you were star­ting out, did you think much about ca­reer lon­ge­vi­ty? A. I ve­ry much thought about that, pro­ba­bly do still. You’re on­ly as good as your last mo­vie. When I star­ted, I couldn’t be­lieve I was real­ly being cast un­til four or five mo­vies in, and even then I couldn’t quite be­lieve it. I was ve­ry much aware of wat­ching young ac­tresses come and go. I just have al­ways felt that you have to dig deep and work hard. And I see it as real work. I don’t leave any­thing to chance. In terms of lon­ge­vi­ty, I al­ways hope to be in­vi­ted back, be­cause I love it.

(20th Cen­tu­ry Fox)

The Moun­tain Bet­ween Us.

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