Kate Winslet Explains How She Fought for Her ‘Steve Jobs’ Role

Kate says no one thought she was right for the role so she had to hustle.


Kate appears as  Joanna Hoffman in a new Steve Jobs biopic and says landing the role was tough because people didn’t believe she fit the part. She had to work hard to win people over and says it reminded her of her early days as an actress:

“They don’t think I’m right for this part. I just wasn’t entering their radar. Which is really OK. Girl doesn’t have an ego. Girl. Doesn’t. Have. An. Ego. So Girl turns round to Husband and says, ‘Darling husband – this is lovely Ned – while I’m at work tomorrow please go to a wig shop, and it doesn’t matter how s**t they are, just get me three brown wigs.’ The best way to be is to have absolutely no ego. Just go for it. I got myself a job that I really bloody wanted. This was: ‘I ain’t got nothing to lose, f**k it, just send the photo.’ And it was lovely to be reminded of that feeling of early auditions, waiting for the phone to ring.”

When asked how she feels about being a sex symbol, Kate says she doesn’t believe the hype and feels like any normal mom:

“Are. You. Mad? No! I’ve had three children. The idea is incredibly flattering, but that’s the [film] version of me. The real me… I’m certainly not against it, but it’s something I find more amusing than a triumph.”

She adds that women get more beautiful with age because they’re more confident. She believes her days of drinking excessively are over and she is happy to embrace where she is now in life:

“You can get away with a lot more in your twenties. You can get away with having one too many vodka tonics, and you can wake up in the morning and not have a puffy face. I couldn’t go out now and get rip-roaring drunk; I’d take a week to recover and I value my life too much. Plus, I have children. [But] I’m baffled that anyone might not think women get more beautiful as they get older. Confidence comes with age, and looking beautiful comes from the confidence someone has in themselves.”

She didn’t enjoy therapy because she felt she could outsmart her therapist:

“I tried therapy once and thought, ‘Oh God, I could outsmart you, goodbye.’ So I won’t bother with that again.”


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Kate Winslet Explains How She Fought for Her ‘Steve Jobs’ Role

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