Sir Kenneth Branagh knew Kate Winslet would be a “star” from the moment they met.
The “Death on the Nile” filmmaker assumed the actress was much older than she was 17 when she first auditioned for him and he had no doubts that the “Titanic” star would achieve great results. things.
Writing as a tribute to Kate for Time magazine’s 2021 list of the 100 most influential people, he recalled: âI first auditioned Kate Winslet when she was 17. I thought she was 25. was her composure, presence and focus in the room. When she walked through the door, I turned to the casting director and said with certainty, “We just met a star.” “
The 60-year-old actor and director went on to praise Kate on her work ethic and “really great acting technique,” as shown in the “Mare of Easttown” miniseries earlier this year.
He continued, âThree years later, I chose her to play Ophelia in a Shakespeare’s Hamlet film. I didn’t ask her to audition. She brought detective energy to the rehearsals. She listened with it with enthusiasm. superhuman acuteness and expressed her character with effortless depth, she bonded with Shakespeare quite naturally.
âIn HBO’s ‘Mare of Easttown’ those same qualities shine, having now evolved into a truly impressive acting technique. Only now, it’s the art that completely hides the artist. Kate Winslet disappears and Mare emerges. complete, without vanity or artifice, it is magnificent to watch.
And although Kate is now 45, Kenneth sees her much younger than that these days.
He concluded his essay: âI still see her as 25 years old, but now as a master of her art.