Kate Winslet hits back at people who are ‘judgmental’ about Ned RockNRoll’s name

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Kate Winslet covers the June issue of Harper’s Bazaar (US). I believe this is her first major photoshoot since giving birth to son Bear Blaze Winslet (Bear Blaze RockNRoll!). The shoot is okay, but I feel like Winslet has gone back to the ‘Tox since giving birth. Pregnancy softened her face last year, but now she’s back to looking sort of frozen and arch. Maybe it’s just Photoshop. Maybe. Anyway, you can read the interview here, and here are some highlights:

Going to LA to promote Divergent: “It’s a very strange place to be because the truth is, I’m not famous until I am in those moments. Those are the times when I am suddenly famous. My real life is a very real life. And I know I say this all the time, but it’s really true. Thank God.”

Getting her nails done for the Bazaar shoot: “I know it sounds very self-effacing because people say, ‘Oh, you’re a film star. People probably come to your house to do it.’ But I don’t have the time to get my nails done apart from when I’m doing a photo shoot.”

Her husband Ned RockNRoll: “Nobody knows him—it’s brilliant. They like to think they know him. They like to be judgmental because of his name and everything, but it’s fabulous because no one knows anything about him.”

The fire on Richard Branson’s Necker Island: “We really could have died,” she recalls. “The house burned to the ground.” Winslet rescued Branson’s mother, Eve. “I carried her out of the house and down some very slippery stone steps. Lucky she’s tiny!” She gives a wry smile. “She’s my son’s great-grandmother now, so it’s such a strange thing to talk about.”

Naming her son Bear Blaze: “We had to get the fire thing in there somewhere.”

Aging: “I’m quite excited about it, actually. I really enjoy getting older. You just don’t worry as much.”

Working for Lancôme: “Working with them does a huge amount for my self-esteem, I’ve got to tell you.”

Her career: “It’s time to get back. Back to the ‘I don’t f–k around,’ back to the KW basics of take some serious risks, put yourself out there. And just really push it.”

[From Harper’s Bazaar]

Is anyone else amused that she refers to herself as “KW” in the third person? I like that. Other than that… yeah, this wasn’t the most epic interview or anything. I think she just got the cover because she’s promoting Lancome and she wanted to talk about her marriage and baby. So, do you believe that Ned is this wonderful guy that no one really knows? Or is he just some relative of someone rich that sort of fell into KW’s path? I think the answer to that question can be found in her son’s name: if Kate really believed in Ned’s whole deal, why wouldn’t they give Bear his father’s last name? It’s because deep down, Kate knows that Ned RockNRoll is sort of embarrassing.



Photos courtesy of Daniel Jackson/Harper’s Bazaar.

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  1. QQ says:

    I Like that Lipstick!

    No you wont convince us of the whole smarmy looking douchey named guy as some sort of awesome manpick

  2. sure says:

    Dye your hair red and leave the piss yellow!

  3. Tanguerita says:

    who is this woman on the cover Harper’s Bazaar and what did she do to Kate Winslet? And honey, here is the newsflash for you: no one knows anything about your husband, because nobody wants to. The only interesting ( in a painfully bad way) thing about him is his stupid name. So relax and stop talking about yourself in a third person.

    • Mary Jane says:

      THANK YOU, Tang…
      I really used to like her. I think I still could again.
      Too much Photoshop in these pics.
      NO to the “KW’ reference.
      NO, NO, NO to the RnR name (stupid — e’en for a musician!)
      Blaze Bear is a cool name for a kid (when you can afford to put him in private schools with Apples, and Moseses, and Brooklyns, and Blue Ivys (sp)…)

  4. Hissyfit says:

    I am still judging that RockNRoll name.

  5. Ag says:

    is anyone NOT judgmental about his last name? i highly doubt it.

  6. ickythump says:

    Shes so friggin pretentious ..im sick of this whole “im a superstar, ya but im just like u guys” barrff…and ned rocknroll? Thats beyond ridiculous and totally naff.

  7. ELJ says:

    i don’t think giving her child the last name Winslet over RocknRoll says anything about her respect for her husband. She has stated in other interviews that her children are HERS- that her older children live with her, custody is not even a question because they are HER children. Society says children should have the fathers last name even when the mother does not take it but really this is ludicrous, and I am surprised this convention has lasted so long after a women changing her last name has become a question instead of an assumption. Most women are the primary care-giver, not to mention carrying the baby and giving birth to them. I think more children should have their mothers name if she chooses not to take her husbands, cuz seriously- it’s about time!

  8. Dita says:

    I think she has hit the Tox again. But I really like the pictures for this shoot and lipstick is awesome.

  9. Tiffany says:

    I wonder more and more why they got married. You would think after a couple times you would take a breath and re evaluate some things. I wonder if this has anything to do with Mended and Hall…..or she really just enjoyed taking care of a pretentious idiot who chose to legally change is last name to Rocknroll. If there is a prenup there should have been a stipulation that needed to go away.

  10. Sam says:

    Isn’t it sort of hard to not judge? I mean, a name change might not be that hard, but it’s still a process that somebody has to WANT to do. Plenty of people change their names for a lot of totally valid reasons. I don’t judge that he changed his name at all, but he changed it to RockNRoll – what does that say? I think it’s the name itself that people focus on, frankly. If he changed it to Jones, nobody would have thought twice. On some level, I think people ascribe that to attention-seeking behavior, and I’m not sure they’re totally wrong.

  11. Grant says:

    I think she looks gorgeous in this shoot!

  12. Tswise says:

    Every time she tries to defend Ned again, he sounds even lamer.

  13. shellybean says:

    I still love Kate Winslet, even if she married a guy with a crackpot last name. Knowing her, she will have moved on within a few years anyway, and I can then forget all about it.

  14. Clever hand says:

    I mean I don’t judge changing your name to get out of the shadow of a famous family (like Nic Cage) but this guy picked a name that draws even more attention….so….what is the point?

  15. Ally8 says:

    She’s had a great acting career so far, but seems to be getting stuck in a rut with her choices or the way she plays them: it’s too often just this winsome, confused frustration.

    I don’t consider her much of a draw anymore; if she’s in a movie, I tend to think that it will be depressing and dull.

  16. LAK says:

    I see she’s gone back to the ‘i’m so normal’ interviews she used to give before she moved to the states.

    • Sacred And Profane says:

      I wanted to say exactly that, LAK ! Remember when she first became famous? She was going to remain true to herself: the normal, English girl. She wasn’t going to fall into the trap of losing weight to please those in her business. She wasn’t going to mess with her face – she looked forward to aging gracefully. Only a few years ago she complained about being photoshopped… Now… Sure, Kate. Whatever.

  17. Jayna says:

    People make fun of his name because it’s stupid. He isn’t famous. His real last name was Smith. He’s not in a band. He’s not in the music industry. His ex-wife said he just thought people took themselves too seriously and so wanted to legally change his last name to something fun. So we laugh at his last name. He got his wish.

  18. lucy2 says:

    It is hard not to judge about his name, but at the end of the day, it’s just a name. Hopefully he’s a nice guy and they’re happy.

  19. Miffy says:

    She doesn’t just refer to herself in the third person… she abbreviates that reference to her initials. Oh wow, she couldn’t have fallen into the depths of asshole-dom if someone pushed her! Was she on coke for this interview?

    Something nice: She looks great in this shoot.

  20. Aysla says:

    They really saddled their kid with a terrible name. Okay, so you want to name your kid ‘Bear’ (as opposed to ‘Cat’, ‘Dog’, ‘Blobfish’, ‘Dumbo Octopus’, ‘Axolotl’) … but then to pair it with the alliterative and silly ‘Blaze’? This, after having two normal-named kids Joe and Mia? What? I see the RocknRoll influence right there.

  21. eliza says:

    I know I am the totally Negative Nellie on this site so my opinion of Winslet should not come as any surprise. I get tired of her preachy, pretentiousness. I also get bored of her half truths “Oh, NEVER have I fooled with my face, blah, blah, blah”.

    Sometimes it is best to just watch these actors in their movies and like them because of their adept portrayals of their characters and never watch or read interviews they give.

    • I’ll still bitch about them and watch their movies….the two don’t have to be mutually exclusive. I was just telling my aunt, the other day, why Edward Norton had gone MIA for a few years, over the crap with Marvel and Hulk….I think Norton is very, very talented (and hot), but I also know that he’s a little pretentious, pain in the butt to work with–at least he had been in the past. I hope he’s learned that lesson.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      I guess it depends on why I don’t like them. I don’t have a problem watching Winslet’s movies, and I think she’s a good actress. On the other hand, I refuse to watch – or especially pay for – any Roman Polanski movie. I’ve pretty much gotten to that point with Tom Cruise and Mel Gibson too. But with most other celebrities, I can still watch their movies despite what I think of them personally.

    • frisbeejada says:

      No I agree with you, the more I read actors interviews the more I find myself despising them as immature, needy, exhibitionists. That may be due to the hopelessly self Indulgent Industry they work in and, if they are successful, constantly being surrounded by ‘yes’ people who continually support their behaviour (whatever that is) as long as they keep the money rolling in so they end up with a vastly over inflated sense of self importance.
      OR it could be that they are interviewed by reporters who have had to negotiate with publicists and studio’s for access and end up asking a pre-agreed list of questions so the whole process is totally unnatural with both sides battling for an advantage. The actors are intent on promoting their public image, the reporters intent on exposing as much of the real person behind it as they can.
      In the end an interview is just a media construct with all involved trying to manipulate the message for their own ends.
      So I don’t read interviews (except the excerpts on this site and a couple of others) and try to separate the artist from the art – it doesn’t always work, I can despise artists to the point that I won’t support their work, or lifestyle in anyway (Polanski, Allen, Richards – the usual suspects) and my opinion of those who associate with them is invariably damaged as well and that’s pretty pointless on my part. It’s not as if they are going to care is it? :)

      • melain says:

        But they do care what you think…that is why they spend their lives and big bucks manipulating public opinion. I get that they don’t know us as individuals or care about what I personally think, but they care very much what the peasants think in aggregate. I’m sure the studios and PR firms probably even have an algorithm to calculate the cost of scandal, controversy and boredom. It all affects sales.

      • frisbeejada says:

        @ Melain, yes that’s a good point ‘peasants think in aggregate’ you are right about that but I still believe that liking or disliking these people is a waste of my emotional energy. Having an emotional investment in celebrities is a function of precisely that media manipulation they spend big bucks on. I hate myself when I fall for it basically and, like everybody else on occasion I do (grrrrrrrrrr) :(

  22. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    Looks like she’s been messing with her face again. She looked shockingly like Madonna at the 2010 BAFTA awards, but then her face seemed to settle back down again. Now, it’s starting to look worked on again. But I’m sure she will, once again, lie about getting any work done just like she lied about it before, and lied about having a natural birth vs. c-section. I don’t know what’s wrong with her mentally/emotionally, but I really cannot stand her supercilious attitude that is actually based on lies.

  23. Nanou says:

    I remember Lainey called him once Ned “non né” Rocknroll. hahaha
    I like Kate as an actress though, she’s amazing.

  24. MissScarlet says:

    “My real life is a very real life”…chicklet, you’re an Oscar winner who married a Branson. You haven’t led a real life in quite some time.

  25. meh says:

    Why does she look like Gwen Stefani?

  26. Jessius Maxiumus says:

    Judging. Totally judging,