Kate Winslet on Taking the Lead in a Romantic Comedy: Winslet may be new to the genre but shes absolutely sure of one thing: The Holiday is not a chick flick. I dont feel like this is a chick flick. Thats not me trying to sort of plug or sell the movie in a whole other way, but I dont because you know it really is about relationships. Its about two separate relationships that happen with women and men. And actually there are more men in the film than there are women, which was something that Nancy [Meyers] pointed out to me a couple of days ago - even though I was aware of that.
You know, its just a whole new genre to me, romantic comedy. Ive never done a romantic comedy or something that is labelled as that before. I was so excited to do something new and also nervous you know? The worry of, Can I be funny? Its a terrible thing to be concerned about. And Jude [Law] and I would speak on the telephone a lot before we started shooting. Oh my god, theyre going to fire us! Theyre going to recast. What if we dont make them laugh? You know, very nervous about the whole thing.
Also, I havent played a contemporary English woman in a film either before. Ive done a lot of period English films, but never a contemporary person. Ive done it in American, but this was new to me. And actually I did not like the feeling initially. I thought, Well what do you mean I cant hide behind something? What do you mean I dont have a wig or an accent or a strange costume? It was me and my hair and my voice and clothes that I would choose to wear, and there was something oddly intimidating about that. It took a little bit of getting used to.
Kate Winslet admits starring in a romantic comedy was harder than she thought it would be. I mean making films is such a joy but its always tough. I certainly didnt go into it thinking, Oh this is going to be so much easier because I havent got an accent or its comedy. I definitely didnt think that because it had its own specific set of challenges. But at the same time, it definitely took me a while to get over my own sort of fear around playing that part. Theres always that level of fear around any character. But I suppose I was surprised about how nervous I was playing an English woman.
Relating to Her Character in The Holiday: I think I relate to all the characters, both men and the women to be honest with you, because the subject of love, its endless. Its absolutely endless and it can be the most glorious thing in the world, but it can also be the most shattering thing when youre in a situation like the one Iris is in - when you love someone who doesnt love you back. So I mean, in a way, I sort of relate to all of them. Thats what Nancy Meyers does brilliantly is that she constructs these stories that have characters in them that we feel as though we know, you know? We feel as though weve either been that person or were friends with that person.
Doing a Happy Dance: When Kate Winslet as Iris first sees the LA home shell be vacationing in for two weeks, she does a cute little happy dance throughout the house. Winslet says her dancing act was totally improvised. It was improvised in the sense that Nancy had scripted the rooms that she wanted Iris to visit on that sort of little joy dance. But everything that I did, yeah, it was pretty much improvised.
Winslets done versions of the happy dance in her personal life. Oh yeah, laughed Winslet. You get a piece of good news, you do something like that. But also staying in certain hotels its like I mean I still get really thrilled by the whole hotel experience, just because the majority of the time if we travel anywhere with the children well tend to try and actually find a home to live in. So the experience of staying in a hotel doesnt happen all that often. I still get really kind of like you know, Oh look! Oh god the pillows are so fluffy and the cute little things in the bathroom. And, Wow, look at the lovely room service! I still do really get delighted by those things, and thank god I do because I would never want to take that stuff for granted.
Shooting in a Video Store: When Winslet and Jack Black visit a video store in The Holiday, dont look for any films starring either actor anywhere on the shelves. Winslet recalls, I remember in the middle of shooting that scene, Oh god, were in a video store. I wonder if any of the films that Im in are on the shelves? And they had been deliberately removed, both mine and Jacks, because Nancy didnt want them to be distracting for us. Which, actually, I was so grateful for because I would have been distracted. I dont really have know all my movies proudly displayed on a shelf or anything like that, so it would have been pretty weird just because I dont look at the covers that often. I was very pleased that they werent there.