Get­ting the hang of things

Kate Winslet en­joyed ob­jec­ti­fy­ing ‘Hunger Games’ hunk

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LON­DON: Kate Winslet says she en­joyed “ob­jec­ti­fy­ing” Hunger Games hunk Liam Hemsworth in a new movie.

The Os­car-win­ning 40-yearold also loved be­ing the older woman in The Dress­maker, which they filmed in the Aus­tralian Out­back.

Winslet’s de­light over Hemsworth comes at a time when some younger ac­tresses have ex­pressed alarm about how they’re of­ten cast against lead­ing men old enough to be their fa­thers.

Of Hemsworth – who plays Gale, one of Jen­nifer Lawrence’s beaus in the four Hunger Games pic­tures – Winslete said: “I knew he was a bit younger, he’s in his twen­ties, and that’s about it. When he ar­rived on set, I re­mem­ber think­ing: ‘ Does it show that we’re dif­fer­ent ages?’ And on screen it really doesn’t.

”He’s 10 years older than my daugh­ter, and I’m 15 years older than him.

“That’s funny – he’s a baby. He’s very sweet, I must say.”

Winslet loved the mo­ment in the movie where she has to take a tape mea­sure to his bare chest.

“He was ner­vous about that. Ter­ri­fied, really. It’s nice to see a dif­fer­ent side of the coin in terms of a woman get­ting to ob­jec­tify the male torso. And he is good look­ing.”

In the beau­ti­fully shot film, Winslet plays Tilly, a Paris­trained cou­ture de­signer, who re­turns to her dingy Aussie home town to seek re­venge on those who shunted her out years be­fore for a crime she in­sists she didn’t com­mit. She ends up cre­at­ing gor­geous gowns for the lo­cal women.

Be­fore that, though, Tilly pa­rades her wares in two comic scenes where she also shows off her stun­ning sil­hou­ette in a fig­ure-hug­ging scar­let dress cut from vin­tage Ital­ian cloth and a black frock with a plung­ing neck­line and plenty of va-va-voom.

“She was wear­ing those out­fits to make an im­pact. You can’t just put them on, you have to wear the dress. You have to own it and be­lieve in it,” Winslet said em­phat­i­cally.

The film is based on Ros­alie Ham’s 2000 novel. Winslet’s as­tute, full-on per­for­mance is in mar­vel­lous con­trast to her sublime por­trait of dig­i­tal-age pioneer Joanna Hoff­man in Danny Boyle’s film Steve Jobs .

The lat­ter is gar­ner­ing her a lot of well-de­served Os­car and Bafta at­ten­tion. – Daily Mail

HUNK: Liam Hemsworth and Kate Winslet in The Dress­maker.

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