Actress Winslet says playing a Brit 'would be ultimate challenge'
By Holly Rubenstein
LONDON (Reuters) - Having put on an array of foreign accents in her award-winning career, British actress Kate Winslet says she really wants to play an English character, adding it would be "the ultimate challenge".
The "Titanic" star has pretended to be American, Australian, Polish-Armenian and in her latest film, crime thriller "Triple 9", a Russian-Israeli mafia boss.
"My M.O. (modus operandi) is just keep doing the unexpected. Although I do also keep trying to play an English person but that just doesn't keep happening for me at the moment," Winslet told Reuters in an interview.
"That would be the ultimate challenge and then I'd have no dialect coach at all. No one to have my back and I would be all by myself and probably more terrified than ever before. Wouldn't that be novel?"
Winslet plays the bejeweled and designer-clad Irina Vlaslov in action-packed "Triple 9" about corrupt police and the criminal underworld -- a role she said "felt very out of my comfort zone".
"I don't know anyone like this woman. I didn't like her. I didn't empathize with her. I wanted that challenge of playing a character who really felt like a character," she said.
Winslet is in the running for an Academy Award for her portrayal in "Steve Jobs" of the late Apple co-founder's colleague Joanna Hoffman.
She won an Oscar for "The Reader", an Emmy Award for "Mildred Pierce", a Best Spoken Word Album For Children Grammy for "Listen to the Storyteller", meaning she is just missing a Tony Award to complete the "EGOT" acronym of all four major entertainment honors. Continued...