Kate Winslet reveals she 'felt objectified' when shooting sex scenes

Kate Winslet reveals she has ‘felt objectified in the past’ when shooting sex scenes for films during her career as an Hollywood actress

  • Speaking to the Radio Times about the lesbian love scenes in her new film, Ammonite, the A-list actress, 45, said: ‘We weren’t objectified in any way
  • ‘ But that also made me realise that I’ve felt a little objectified in the past’
  • Kate stars in the Francis Lee film as English paleontologist Mary Anning, who embarks on a relationship with Charlotte Murchison, played by Saoirse Ronan 
  • Kate has wowed audiences in a whole host of raunchy scenes in her previous films over the years
  •  In 2008, she won an Oscar for The Reader, in which she played an ex-Nazi prison guard who seduces a teenage boy
  • In fact, filming was delayed so that Kate’s co-star, David Kross, 30, had his 18th birthday before they filmed the explicit scenes together
  • The award-winning actress also posed naked on a sofa in front of Leonardo DiCaprio in 1997 blockbuster, Titanic

She shot to stardom for her role in Heavenly Creatures almost thirty years ago. 

And Kate Winslet has revealed that she felt objectified when filming certain sex scenes during her long and successful career. 

Speaking to the Radio Times about the lesbian love scenes in her new film, Ammonite, the A-list actress, 45, said: ‘We weren’t objectified in any way. But that also made me realise that I’ve felt a little objectified in the past.’ 

Uncomfortable: Kate Winslet revealed on Monday that she felt objectified when filming sex scenes at some points in her long and successful career as an A-list actress 

Kate stars in the Francis Lee film as a real-life English paleontologist called Mary Anning, who embarks on a secret relationship with Charlotte Murchison, played by Saoirse Ronan.

Of the numerous intimate scenes in the movie, the Titanic actress revealed: ‘We realised that by removing dialogue, we could explore the desire and depth of connection between these two women further.

‘I learnt a lot. It felt very equal and very safe; we weren’t objectified in any way. 

‘But that also made me realise that I’ve felt a little objectified in the past without knowing it. It brought up a lot of interesting thoughts.’

‘It felt very equal and safe’: Kate’s revelation comes after experiencing the positive atmosphere on set of her new film Ammonite, alongside Saoirse Ronan (pictured together in the film) 

Kate has wowed audiences in a whole host of raunchy scenes in her previous films over the years. 

In 2008, she won an Oscar for The Reader, in which she played an ex-Nazi prison guard who seduces a teenage boy. 

In fact, filming was delayed so that Kate’s co-star, David Kross, 30, had his 18th birthday before they filmed the explicit scenes together. 

And the award-winning actress also uttered the iconic line: ‘I want you to draw me like one of your French girls,’ to Leonardo DiCaprio in 1997’s Titanic, before de-robing and posing nude across a sofa. 

Baring all: Kate has wowed audiences in a whole host of raunchy scenes in her films over the years (pictured in The Reader in 2008)

First outing: And the award-winning actress also uttered the iconic line: ‘I want you to draw me like one of your French girls,’ to Leonardo DiCaprio in 1997’s Titanic, before de-robing and posing nude across a sofa

Question time: The A-list actress has said she has never been asked so many questions about a heterosexual love scene as she has about the ones with Saoirse in Ammonite

Kate spoke out on Tuesday about the insatiable interest in Ammonite’s sex scenes in comparison to her other work. 

She told Digital Spy: ‘What I definitely found really striking is that people seem to talk about the love scenes in the film in ways that are much more focused, because it’s two women. 

Out now: Read the full interview in the latest issue of Radio Times

‘And I’m telling you, with my hand on my heart, I have never been asked the same volume of questions about love scenes of a heterosexual nature – of which I have shot many in my life. And so that to me, that to me, that’s a conversation.’ 

Gemma Jones, James McArdle and Fiona Shaw also star in the film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to mixed reviews in September 2020. 

Director Francis Lee told The Guardian that Ammonite has taught him a ‘real lesson in identity politics’.

The 52-year-old filmmaker – who also wrote the script – addressed the fact that some have questioned the historical accuracy of the character being in a same-sex relationship.

He said: ‘It’s been a real lesson for me in identity politics. I know I can’t talk for Mary because I’m not a 19th-century palaeontologist, but I do think I can talk with her.

All-star cast: Ammonite also features Gemma Jones, James McArdle and Fiona Shaw and premiered at the Toronto Film Festival

 ‘What I tried to do was to take this working-class woman, who hadn’t been recognised in her lifetime, and elevate her. 

‘I wanted to contextualise her in terms of a relationship. And because men had blocked and overlooked her, and reappropriated her work for themselves, I felt that this relationship couldn’t be with a man.’

He added: ‘Also, I wasn’t making a biopic.’

Francis has drawn parallels between himself and Winslet’s character as both have struggled to ‘find their voices’.

 ‘Like Mary, I have found it very difficult to find my voice, professionally and personally. I feel very closed a lot of the time. I find it hard to be me, and to be truthful about me,’ he said.  

Read the full interview in the latest issue of Radio Times 

Artistic license: Some have questioned the historical accuracy of the character being in a same-sex relationship but Director Francis says ‘I wasn’t making a biopic’ 

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