Today is the birthday of Kate Winslet, Oscar Winner, Greatest Actress In The World (non-negotiable), and this makes my mind wander, as it so often does, to the name Jane Winslett-Richardson (Cate Blanchett) in Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic.
I wonder, is Jane related to Kate Winslet, Oscar winner, Greatest Actress In The World (non-negotiable)? Except I am inevitably forced to consider the names are, in fact, spelled differently. Jane is Winslett, with two T’s.
But I wonder, perhaps they are related and Jane Winslett merely added the last T to stop people from asking her if she was related to Kate Winslet. Which is probably why Kate didn’t thank her in the Oscar speech, because Jane specifically asked to go unmentioned.
Of course then it stands to reason she would have just changed her last name to something completely different than Winslett. Or gone with the Richardson.
Is it possible Jane Winslett-Richardson isn’t related to Kate Winslet at all but related instead to Joely Richardson? I mean, she kinda looks like Joely Richardson.
Hmmmmmmm…maybe I should check IMDB.
Well, it says here that according to Wes Anderson the name was inspired by Kate Winslet. And that the role was originally set to be played by Gwyneth Paltrow but she had scheduling conflicts. And that then Nicole Kidman was hired but she had to bow out because of other commitments. And that Julianne Moore indicated she was interested in the part but that, ultimately, it went to Blanchett.
And yet, at the same time, as if Cate couldn’t live up to Kate at all.
Because, in the end, that might be why it’s Winslett with two T’s.
She’s a Winslett, yes. But she’s no Winslet.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KATE!