She rose to fame almost thirty years ago for her role in Heavenly Creatures.
And Kate Winslet has revealed that she felt objectified in filming certain sex scenes throughout her long and successful career.
Speak to the Radio times Speaking of the lesbian love scenes in her new movie, Ammonite, the A-list actress, 45, said: ‘We weren’t objectified in any way. But that also made me realize that I felt a bit objectified in the past. ‘
Uncomfortable: Kate Winslet revealed on Monday that she felt objectified about filming sex scenes at some points in her long and successful career as an A-list actress
Kate stars in the Francis Lee movie as a real-life English paleontologist named Mary Anning, who enters into a secret relationship with Charlotte Murchison, played by Saoirse Ronan.
Of the numerous intimate scenes in the film, the Titanic actress revealed, ‘We realized that by removing the dialogue, we could further explore the desire and depth of the connection between these two women.
‘I learned a lot. It felt very right and very safe; we were in no way objectified.
But that also made me realize that in the past I felt a little objectified without knowing it. It produced many interesting thoughts. ‘
‘It felt very right and safe’: Kate’s revelation comes after experiencing the positive atmosphere on the set of her new movie Ammonite, alongside Saoirse Ronan (pictured together in the movie)
Kate has stunned audiences over the years in a slew of raunchy scenes in her previous films.
In 2008 she won an Oscar for The Reader, in which she played an ex-Nazi prison guard who seduced a teenage boy.
Filming was even delayed so Kate’s co-star, David Kross, 30, had his 18th birthday before filming the explicit scenes together.
And the award-winning actress also uttered the iconic phrase, ‘I want you to draw me like one of your French girls’, after Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic, before taking off the clothes and posing naked on a sofa.
Bare: Kate has wowed audiences over the years in a slew of tacky scenes in her movies (depicted in The Reader in 2008)
Question Time: The A-list actress has said she has never been asked as many questions about a heterosexual love scene as she was about the one with Saoirse in Ammonite
Kate spoke out on Tuesday about the insatiable interest in Ammonite’s sex scenes compared to her other work.
She said Digital spy: ‘What I found absolutely striking is that people seem to talk in a way about the love scenes in the movie that are much more focused, because they are two women.
Available now: read the full interview in the latest issue of Radio Times
And I tell you, with my hand on my heart, I have never received the same amount of questions about heterosexual love scenes – many of which I have filmed in my life. And so that for me, that for me, that’s a conversation. ‘
Gemma Jones, James McArdle and Fiona Shaw also star in the film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2020 to mixed reviews.
Director Francis Lee told it The Guardian that Ammonite taught him a “real lesson in identity politics.”
The 52-year-old filmmaker – who also wrote the script – addressed the fact that some have questioned the historical correctness of the character in a same-sex relationship.
He said, ‘It has been a real lesson for me in identity politics. I know I can’t speak for Mary because I’m not a 19th century paleontologist, but I do think I can talk to her.
All-star cast: Ammonite also features Gemma Jones, James McArdle and Fiona Shaw and premiered at the Toronto Film Festival
“What I tried to do was take this working-class woman who had not been recognized in her life and lift her up.
‘I wanted to contextualise it in terms of a relationship. And because men had blocked and overlooked her, and re-appropriated her job for themselves, I felt like this relationship couldn’t be with a man. ‘
He added, “I wasn’t doing a biopic either.”
Francis has drawn parallels between himself and Winslet’s character as both struggled to “ find their voices. ”
Like Mary, I found it very difficult to find my voice, professionally and personally. I often feel very closed. I find it hard to be myself and be honest about me, ‘he said.
Read the full interview in the latest issue of Radio Times
Artistic License: Some have questioned the historical correctness of the character in a same-sex relationship, but director Francis says, ‘I didn’t make a biopic’