Photos of Kate Winslet in Vanity Fair December 2008

Kate Winslet Reveals All and Talks Leo in Vanity Fair

Kate Winslet looked gorgeous and sexy stripping down to nothing but thigh highs and heels with her messy blonde hair for the new Vanity Fair. Kate is promoting two December films, Revolutionary Road and The Reader — both of which are already getting Oscar buzz. In her interview she opens up about meeting her husband Sam Mendes, working with Leonardo DiCaprio again, and her weight issues. Here's more:


  • On her acting skills: "I know that in order to do my job as truthfully as I can—because to me that’s everything—you really have to not give a f**k [about what people think]. You have to be prepared to look stupid and you have to be prepared to walk around naked in front of a crew of people you’ve never met before and may never see again. And it is scary."
  • On her weight: "This is going to sound really weird, but I never had a desire to be famous. I never had huge ambitions—never.… I was fat. I didn’t know any fat famous actresses. I just did not see myself in that world at all, and I’m being very sincere. You know, once a fat kid, always a fat kid. Because you always think that you just look a little bit wrong or a little bit different from everyone else. And I still sort of have that. I often look at women who wear great jeans and high heels and nice little T-shirts wandering around the city and I think, I should make more of an effort. I should look like that. But then I think, 'They can’t be happy in those heels'."

To hear what Kate had to say about reuniting with Leo just read more.

  • On meeting her director husband who was offering her two plays: "You’re not going to say ‘no’ to meeting with Sam Mendes, are ya now? Didn’t want to do the plays, definitely wanted to get his phone number."
  • On reuniting with Leo on-screen: "Leo and I were always aware that if we were going to do something together again that there would be a sense of expectation. It was going to have to be the right thing. We could see ourselves playing that married couple. The friendship that we have and the solidity of that was something we would be able to use. There’s an emotional shorthand that Leo and I have and a physical ease because we’ve known each other so long.… Leo and I, you know, are sort of kindred spirits—we’re cut from the same cloth. Both of us just got lucky [at a young age], started working and kind of learned on the job. We’re sort of self-educated actors in a way, and we’ve just been lucky to work with unbelievable directors and actors who have taught us so much. I mean, it’s been spectacular."

Leo and Sam weighed in on working with Kate and each other and both raved about the talented actress. Leo even called her "the most talented actress of her generation," so it sounds like we shouldn't be surprised to see her name when award season nominations start rolling out.

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