Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic affecting most of our daily life as we know it, some are trying to see any possible silver lining in and amongst the difficulties.
Like major events, the majority of which have had to be put on hold for the foreseeable, or else held in a virtual capacity. Kate Winslet has opened up in a recent interview about why she thinks a digital awards season isn’t the end of the world.
Speaking of the upcoming Toronto Film Festival, the actress said in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter: “I can be barefoot and I don’t have to put a dress on."
"It’s awesome. I can have my glass of wine just out of frame," she laughs.
Like many of us, Winslet is feeling unsure about going back to work, after getting so used to self-isolation and being without a typically busy routine.
“Now that I’m going to have to go back to work, I’m like, ‘Oh fuck, I’ve forgotten how to act,’” she explained.
“It will be with some extraordinary back-to-work protocols, which are great. But when you’re an actor in a film or a TV piece, social distancing is obviously sometimes just not possible, based on the scene.”
Her latest film, Ammonite - in which she stars alongside Saoirse Ronan - premieres on 11 September at the Toronto Film Festival. Set in the 1840s, Ammonite tells the story of a forbidden romance between Mary Anning (Winslet) and a timid married woman (Ronan).
The pair share one particularly intimate scene together. “Saoirse and I choreographed the scene ourselves,” Winslet said. “We marked out the beats of the scene so that we were anchored in something that just supported the narrative. I felt the proudest I’ve ever felt doing a love scene on Ammonite. And I felt by far the least self-conscious.”
The film was set to premiere in Cannes this year, but the festival was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. Now the film will kick off a very different kind of awards season in Toronto.
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