Kate Winslet makes eyes, makes pies in ‘Labor Day’
By CINDY PEARLMAN For Sun-Times Media January 28, 2014 8:52PM
Depressed single mother Adele (Kate Winslet) takes in a convict (Josh Brolin) in “Labor Day,” opening Friday. | PARAmOUnT PICTURES
Updated: March 3, 2014 2:39PM
TORONTO — Even after winning an Oscar, an Emmy and a Grammy, Kate Winslet has moments of self-doubt.
“When I get to the set on day one, I still feel like I’ve never made a film before and I’m a complete s---,” she says.
Winslet has a lot to feel good about these days, with a new baby boy who was born in December and the hot Chicago-based “Divergent” coming in March.
Opening Friday is “Labor Day,” based on the best-selling novel by Joyce Maynard. Winslet plays Adele, a woman suffering from depression while raising her teen son Henry (Gattlin Griffith). They run into a convict (Josh Brolin) and offer him a ride. Soon Frank is staying with them. It doesn’t take long for love to bloom.
Though “fragmented,” Adele also is “a woman with a very big heart,” Winslet says. “She could love, romanticize and be passionate. She had just forgotten how to do it. She needed to find the courage to rediscover those things.”
Winslet and Brolin have a romantic scene while making peach pie.
“Josh became a little bit obsessive about making pies,” she says. “He would get up at 4 in the morning and come to work with a box and say, ‘Kate, I baked you a pie.’ ...
“Five weeks later and he was still making me pies. I’d come to work and hear Josh say, ‘I baked you a pie.’ And I’d think, ‘Oh great. Another pie. What am I going to do with it?’ Even my kids were like, ‘No, not more pie!’ ”
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