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- “Plastic surgery and breast implants are fine for people who want that, if it makes them feel better about who they are. But, it makes these people, actors especially, fantasy figures for a fantasy world. Acting is about being real being honest.
- I'm a 'bit famous now. It's a 'bit strange.
NBC Morning (1998)
- I don't believe in, sort of, holding back. Life isn't a dress rehearsal.
NBC Morning (1998)
- My older sister Anne and I used to do a lot of theatre and sometimes we missed school because we were too tired. And my mum sort of didn’t mind because she knew that we loved what we were doing. And I remember arriving one day at school and a girl said: ‘My mum thinks that it’s really bad that your mum doesn’t send you to school. What about your education!’ And I remember saying…I was ten years old…I remember saying: 'What about my career!'
The Clive James Show (1998)
- Since I was 13 or 14, I've always felt older than I actually am.
- I was on the tube just before Christmas. and this girl turned round to me and said, 'Are you Kate Winslet?'. And I said, 'Well, yes. I am actually'. And she said, 'And you're getting the tube?' And I said, 'Yes'. And she said, 'Don't you have a big car that drives you around?' And I said, 'No'. And she was absolutely stunned that I wasn't being driven round in some flash car all the time. It was ludicrous.
- People say to me, 'You seem to have made this conscious decision to do independent films'. In reality, I haven't. After each movie, I always think, how different can it possibly be?... Is this going to challenge me, is this going to inspire me, and is this going to make me love my job more than I already do?
- Every time I go to work now, I go through this suicidal saga of, 'I'm terrible,' 'I'm fat,' 'I'm ugly,' 'I can't do it anymore.' I get paranoid. It's so incredibly encouraging when people say they like me and my work, but it almost frightens me because I think, 'Oh shit! I have to live up to it, not disappoint them.'
- Ultimately, you just have one life. You never know unless you try. And you never get anywhere unless you ask.
- I always seem to end up in hospital somewhere along the line. It's very funny, but it's true I don't really feel I have done my job properly unless I come out feeling that I've suffered in some way.
- I am who I am. I’m healthy. I swim a mile every day. I’ll never be a stick insect, and I wouldn’t want to be either because it seems to me that a lot of people who are very thin are just really unhappy.
- I am insecure. If you ask me, everybody is.
- I wouldn't dream of working on something that didn't make my gut rumble and my heart want to explode.
- Don't act, be.
- I do believe in God. Well, actually, I suppose I don't, really. If there is a God for me, it's in the elements — the fresh air, trees... some sort of elemental God.
- Mum and dad were very much friends, and up to life. There was no anxiety for anything when I was growing up, they just taught me to be me.
- There are moments to indulge and enjoy, but I always know when it's time to go home and wash my knickers.
- The whole concept of 'grounding' children is utterly stupid - they just go off and rebel and don't like you. When my kids eventually come along, I don't want them to not like me.
- I have no regrets. If you regret things, you're sort of stepping backwards. I'm a believer in going forwards.
- Life is short, and it is here to be lived.
- I am happy the way that I am. I mean I’m not a model, I’m an actress.
- I'd much rather be known as some curvy Kate than as some skinny stick.
- There's more to life than cheek bones.
- One thing that's very important to me in life is, through having a relationship with somebody and loving that person and being allowed to feel the whole emotion of love despite all the risks, you can find out who you are.
- Loving someone is setting them free, letting them go.
- When you're the mother of small children, life becomes a holiday.
- I do think actually, particularly at the moment, (that) it seems to be quite disturbing all this stuff, this obsession with image and weight. It’s got really out of control. There isn’t a day that goes by when there isn’t another sort of ‘Look-who’s-the-thinnest-thing’. It really upsets me, it really does. […] What’s that telling people? Is that a good message? I don’t think so.
The Parkinson Show (2006)
- With acting I never get to a point where I think: Ok I know how to do this. And I'm so glad I don't think that because actually I'm sure in some way it would be fatal for me to think:I know how to do it. I've got it all planned. Because the truth is about acting there is really no right or wrong way to do it. It's just about how the individual actor or actress feels in that one moment and what is truthful and honest to them in terms of how they play that part. And you have to rely so much on your instincts and your confidence too. I've always said, (that) I really think that acting is 50% skill and 50% confidence.
The Travis Show (2006)
- ‘As an actress all you can hope for is that you will be in presence of a challenge every day, you will be terrified every day and that you have to really push yourself though that level of fear in order to convey the honesty of emotion that you need to make a character come to life’
The Reader Premiere (2008)