Kate Winslet opened up about her experiences alongside her daughter, Mia Threapleton, for the first time.
Appearing in London to promote the TV feature ‘I Am Ruth’ – in which Winslet and Threapleton recreate their relationship in a fictional setting – the British actor explained how certain aspects of life imitate art during a session of questions answers.
“Of course, there was a personal overlap,” Winslet said. “It’s a mother/daughter story: it’s inevitable. We know how to push each other’s buttons. Winslet also praised her daughter’s performance, saying she was “impressed” with Threapleton every day throughout filming.
While Winslet was last seen in the acclaimed 2021 American drama ‘Mare of Easttown’, ‘I Am Ruth’ marks the continuation of the British channel’s BAFTA-winning, female-led anthology drama series. Channel 4, “I Am”. The brainchild of British writer and director Dominic Savage, two seasons to date have included performances from Vicky McClure, Samantha Morton and Lesley Manville.
“I Am Ruth,” which airs in the UK on December 8, was developed and co-written by Winslet and Savage. The result is a hard-hitting, contemporary tale that focuses on mental health, parental despair, and a teenager locked in a tailspin under the pressure of social media. It’s a searing film destined to be remembered for a long time – a conversation starter too.
“There are times when you look at your kids and think, ‘What am I saying? What do I do? Where is the manual?’ We invent a lot of it as we go; myself included,” Winslet said.
“A lot of times when you’re someone who’s known to the public or very high profile, or whatever, the media enshrines you in that kind of perfection bullshit. And I’ve always really hated it. I’ve always been a famous garbage person anyway,” she joked. “We wanted to tell a story here that feels timely, visceral and truthful, even if there are parts that are very hard to watch. »
Although the plot was scripted, the written dialogue was totally absent. “Not a word of our mouth was scripted. Everything we said, we made it up on the day, at the time; nothing was written,” the Oscar-winning actress revealed. “It makes what Mia does doubly impressive, because when you’re a young actor having the courage to speak your mind and come up with an idea can be really, really hard. »
When asked if she should ignore her parental instincts to comfort Threapleton during difficult scenes, Winslet conceded, “There were times when I looked and thought, ‘God, she does, she really does.’ . I want to hug her and make it stop.
Nonetheless, Winslet said the experience was “really special” and says he was “thrilled” to have had it. “It’s not that I didn’t respect her before, [but] I was given new things to respect and admire in my own child,” she said.
Elsewhere, Winslet discussed the “shame” parents can feel raising their children, and how that was something she wanted to address on the show. “Have I failed? Was I too busy? have I not listened? Should I have done more; say more?’. These are all normal questions to ask and normal things to feel. I didn’t want to do anything [in “I Am Ruth”] it seemed wrong.
In an interview with Variety earlier this year, Winslet described his continued affection for acting, calling it “a joy and a pleasure.”
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