It's been more than 18 years since Kate Winslet and Leonardo Di Caprio met on the set of Titanic, and while their first onscreen relationship ended tragically, Kate and Leo's love has lived on in the years since.The two stars, who shared the big screen again in 2008's Revolutionary Road, have remained close friends for more than 20 years.
Their onscreen chemistry was undeniable, which Leo addressed in a 1997 interview with Entertainment Tonight: "She's such a terrific person in general that our chemistry naturally happened on screen. Kate Winslet and I are standing side by side on what feels like the edge of the world.It is a cold, clear November day and on this vast expanse of beach on the English south coast sand and sea have merged, glittering, into one. ’ she sighs, holding her blond hair, which is being whipped by the wind, away from her face.In profile there is something about this face that is hard to look away from; a powerful beauty that feels strangely familiar.This, of course, is because it is a face we have been watching on screen for 20 years; since starring in the film Heavenly Creatures at the age of 17, Winslet has forged an almost faultless reputation as one of our greatest living actresses.
In most cases this might be hyperbole but in Winslet’s it is true.
Who but she could find the humanity in a spoilt heiress (Titanic) and a Nazi war criminal (The Reader); be as believable as a free-spirited English author (Iris) as a repressed suburban American housewife (Revolutionary Road); and command a television audience’s attention for five whole hours as a single mother trying to forge a career (Mildred Pierce)?
In person, as on screen, Winslet, 38, defies you not to be drawn to her.
Warm, unguarded and funny, with a filthy mouth and a guttural laugh, she gives a pitch-perfect performance as the consummate interviewee.
She even comes armed with refreshments, a Thermos bag full of three types of tea and delicious homemade biscuits.
With two fair young ladies, one eligible bachelor and a hint of witchcraft, it's a story that could have come straight from the pages of a romantic novel.