Kate Winslet said Friday that filming love scenes is “part of the job” as an actress and she does not allow it to distract her from portraying complex characters such as an illiterate former concentration camp guard.
Winslet spoke to reporters at the Berlin Film Festival, where Stephen Daldry’s adaptation of the popular German novel “The Reader” was being shown ahead of its release in Germany. She said that it was much more important to her to reflect the shame and guilt felt by her character.
Winslet said she “felt strongly … that I had to make her a human being.” Her portrayal earned the 33-year-old British actress a best actress nomination for the Oscars.
The role involves intimate scenes with 18-year-old German actor David Kross, who plays her lover. Asked if she’d had any hang-ups about filming the love scenes, Winslet shrugged.
“The truth is, at the end of the day, it’s part ofthis job. And it’s a very, very important part of this love story, and so, we just got on with it really,” Winslet said. “And dare I say it, we actually had a laugh.”
Winslet won a best supporting actress award at the Golden Globes, as well as best dramatic actress for her role in “Revolutionary Road.”