Sunday, May 19, 2024

Kate Winslet Admits “Secret Relationship” with Michelle Williams


Oscar winner Kate Winslet admitted last night to a “secret relationship” with Michelle Williams, star of “Blue Valentine.”

Winslet told this a pretty high falutin crowd at the Tribeca Grand Hotel screening room, for a showing of “Blue Valentine” and a chance to meet Williams–just returned from the UK, and director Derek Cianfrance.

In the crowd were people like big deal actress Hope Davis, Judd Hirsch, Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham, and Kim Cattrall.

Winslet confessed to the assembled crowd that she’d only met Williams once and didn’t know her well at all. “But we have a secret relationship,” Winslet said. “I dream about her.” She spoke emotionally, saying that from Williams’ roles she felt she knew her and they had a bond. It was such a lovely speech that Williams started to cry.

Williams–who should be nominated for everything along with “Blue Valentine” co-star Ryan Gosling–has just returned from shooting “Marilyn and Me” in London. Now she and daughter Matilde will celebrate the holidays in upstate New York and regroup. “It’s the hardest work I’ve ever done,” she said of “Marilyn.” It’s the first time she’s literally carried an entire film.

As for Winslet, she, too, is wiped out after filming a five episode mini series remake of “Mildred Pierce,” for HBO. She and Williams discussed the fact that they can’t watch their own work ever.

“I watched one daily of Blue Valentine and I stopped working for an hour,” she told me. “I said, I’m awful, why did I do that?”–meaning a bit of acting. “I can’t watch myself on the screen at all.”

PS Now that Michelle is back, maybe Baz Luhrmann will call her for “The Great Gatsby” remake. She’d be a perfect Myrtle Wilson.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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