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Kate Winslet Loves Her Body, For Mia's Sake

02/10/2009 at 01:00 PM ET
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Actress Kate Winslet has never been shy about disrobing onscreen, and while much has been made of her comfort with nudity, she says that her motivation comes from an unlikely source — 8-year-old daughter Mia Honey. “I don’t know a single woman who doesn’t stand up and check the tushie before she walks out the door,” Kate tells Nightline. “I’ve decided I am going to start loving my backside, really just saying, yes.” She adds,

“Because I don’t know anyone who does that, you know? And for my daughter, I want to be able to say to her, I love this.”

While shooting The Reader, a performance which has garnered her an Oscar nomination, Kate was absent from the lives of Mia and her little brother Joe Alfie, 5, for several weeks — the longest she’s ever gone without her children. “In those moments of being away from them, you know, that was very new to me,” Kate explains. “And they were fine, of course. I was the one falling apart, going, ‘OK, I’ve unpacked my things, and now I don’t know what to do because I’m in a hotel room by myself, which I can’t remember what that feels like.’”

Calling her effort to maintain career and family a “massive juggle,” she says she often “jumps through hoops” to make it all work.

“I’m on a plane tonight. I’ll be home at five in the morning. And I will be on that school run tomorrow morning. I absolutely will be…It’s crucial for our kids that we are the key people in their life. And I wouldn’t want to have it any other way.”

Mia is Kate’s daughter with ex-husband Jim Threapleton; Joe is her son with husband Sam Mendes.

Source: Nightline

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Harley on

It’s people like her that make me feel a bit better about my body.

Megan on

“I don’t know a single woman who doesn’t stand up and check the tushie before she walks out the door,”

I must be weird. I never do that. And I don’t hate my backside.

Rachel on

Kate Winslet is perfect. She is in no way overweight. Why is she the spokesperson for the overweight? If I looked like her, I would want for nothing. It is so sad that she has to keep talking about her weight. I just do not get it.

Manon on

Could not agree more, Megan!

Kate is a fabulous actress but I wish she would stop all this false modesty and endless bleating about her body.

I love, love her art but sometimes I wish she never gave interviews! A little fatigued about hearing about the Winslet body.

Alice on

She’s not at all overweight, but she’s not thin/skinny either, especially compared to other celebs. She’s a realistic healthy figure.

I don’t think she’s speaks for the overweight but actually for the many, many women her size who always want to look thinner and be like say, Jessica Alba or the likes. I always hear girls/women talking about their weight and how they should be careful when they are NOT overweight at all, maybe you’ve heard that too. It’s for them to realize that you can only be so thin, and that there is nothing wrong with their body.

Manon on

“Jessica Alba and the like” ….. who are we to say that it is any less “normal” for a woman to be Jessica’s size? There is such a backlash about women who are thinner now – some women just are naturally tiny.

Kate Winslet is kind of using the whole weight issue in interviews, I think.

As I say, love the actress but I do not like some of the “cards” she plays in interviews – it’s getting tiresome.

l on

If Kate Winslet “loves” her body only because she wants to be able to tell her daughter so, than there isn’t much love to begin with. She should appreciate her body no matter what. Sure we all have days when we go on about a few pounds, some love handles or whatever, but I, too, think that her constant talking (and kind of whining) about her body is getting strange. It makes her sound so insecure and that’s ironic and sad considering she wants to teach her daughter the opposite.

Alice on

Manon, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to say women like Jessica are less normal or that it’s bad they’re tiny!! Just that they have been showed as an ideal a little too much and not everyone can and should be like them.
It’s how they are and it works for them, but too many people think they HAVE to look like this to be “beautiful” regardless of their natural healthy weight.

Another Kate on

Manon, who’s to say she’s using the weight issue? Aren’t the reporters the ones asking the questions here? I believe she’s just answering honestly, and thank goodness.

There is nothing wrong with people who are naturally skinny. There is something very, very wrong with one particular body type being the ideal – as if we’re all built the same way. I will never be skinny, but I can be fit.

Celine on

I think kate winslet is a great role model . I am 15 and have always been very sensitive about my weight since apparently a size 6 is fat to some people. Every since I was 12 I have though myself to be fat because in comparison to those stick thin models and actress who starve themselves. When your that young sometimes young start to believe stuff. I began thinking that in order to live a happy life and beautiful you had to be a size zero.I also though that the only way a guy would ever like me (this is important when your in high school since everyone wants to impress their crush) was if I was a size zero. But Kate has shown that to be untrue that you can be beautiful and live a happy life at any size.

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