Kate Winslet breaks silence on her vadge wig; now claims to have nanny

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This is totally gross, but funny. Kate Winslet has opened up about some of the Hollywood magic that went into her now Oscar-winning role in the film The Reader. Specifically, Kate is talking about a very important wig she had to wear… but first, some backstory. The Reader spans about forty years – from when Kate’s character, former Nazi prison guard Hannah, is in her thirties in 1950s West Germany, to the what I think was probably supposed to be the 1990s. So, roughly, Kate had to be aged with make-up for a 40 to year span. The first part of the film is where 30-something Hannah seduces the teenaged Michael, and there are some sexy scenes.

While she promoted the film, Kate got press because of all of the nudity. Honestly, though, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know what Kate’s breasts looked like. She does so much nudity in so many of her films. Props to her, but I still hope she eventually takes on a good role where she’s not naked in several scenes. The Reader didn’t just have Kate flashing her boobs, though. We also got a couple of glimpses at her vadge. Kate is now telling Allure that, to play a woman in the 1950s, everything had to be…shall we say… appropriate for the time. Basically, no waxing. No landing strips. No Brazilians. This was a problem for Kate because after “years of waxing, it doesn’t come back quite the way it used to.” So they made her wear a vadge wig. Otherwise known as a “merkin”. Otherwise known as “The Winslet”:

“Let me tell you, The Reader was not glamorous for me in terms of body hair maintenance. I had to grow it in, because you can’t have a landing strip in 1950, you know? And then because of years of waxing, it doesn’t come back quite the way it used to. They even made me a merkin because they were so concerned that I might not be able to grow enough. I said, ‘Guys, I am going to have to draw the line at a pubic wig. But you can shoot my own snatch up close and personal.’”

[From Allure]

Ah, the joys of filmmaking. Can you imagine that production meeting? Who gets chosen to tell the big actress that she needs a full 1950s bush? Stephen Daldry was the director, but I can’t imagine they sent a shy Englishman in there to tell Winslet to put a damn weave on her privates.

In other Winslet news, last week CB reported on Kate’s claim in Hello! Magazine that she didn’t have a chef or a nanny. Her words were, “It’s very tempting to have a nanny and live in a gated community and have a chef… But I don’t want that for my children. When they’re older, if people say to them, ‘Did you have a chef?’ I want them to be shocked by the question.” Kate is now totally backtracking on that, saying (through her spokesperson) that she does have “a part-time nanny.” Kate’s spokesperson added, “Kate has never said that she did not have a nanny at a time when she did have a nanny.” Hmm… because that’s exactly what it sounded like she was saying…

Pictures are stills from The Reader, thanks to AllMoviePhoto.

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  1. debra says:

    I think Kate is an amazing actress but the thing that bothers me is her holier then thou attitude. As if she is just os much better then other celebs. If anyone believed that she did not have help should get their heads checked. Where do you think her kids are when she has to work or go to a premeier.. Her husband is a busy director. And when he is directing her in a film I doubt the kids keep themselves. I get tired of people critizing celebs for having help. I have friends who are teacher, doctors and office executives.. Yeah they have “babysitter” or Nannies whatever you want to call them. Having help does not make you a bad parent. NOTHING WRONG WITHT THAT AT ALL. It just makes you a parent who works and needs help.. She should shut up.. I’m sure if you look into a lot of what she has said in the past she may be backtracking a lot.. Lots or most celebs have help.. it is just that some get trashed for doing so.

  2. Jolie says:

    Bitch please

  3. sarcra says:

    I love Kate Winslet. I think she IS much better than most celebs!

  4. Jolie says:

    Maybe her ex husband is the nanny

  5. vicsmith says:

    Her up close and personal quote is hysterical. Thanks for a.m. chuckle.

  6. Because I Say So says:

    I just wish celebrities would stop convincing us that they’re “just like us.” We know they’re not, they know they’re not, and to pretend otherwise insults our intelligence. So she has help, big deal. No one would care except she’s trying to maintain this illusion of “normalcy” which is impossible to maintain as a movie star.

  7. May says:

    I think its all taken out of context. There’s a difference between having part time help when you need it and having a full time nanny that stands in for you on all mommy duties. And i just wish the media would stop nitpicking over everything that Kate Winslet says. Ever since she won that oscar they have been gunning for her. Typical build them up and tear them down mentality of the yellow British press. I am a work from home mom and I have part-time nanny help when there are deadlines. So what’s the big deal? I think Kate is a fantastic actress, funny and real. Leave her alone!

  8. Kimble says:

    I don’t get the whole Saint Kate thing either!

    I was a SAHM and still had a live in maid for five years in Asia – best thing ever and you will never find me apologising for someone else babysitting my kids or cleaning my loos!

  9. ash says:

    LOL @ Kate calling her vadge a snatch.

  10. Ro says:

    First, I think Kate Winslet is a nice actress,has help raising her children just like almost every other mother I know, and doesn’t annoy me with celeb antics like others.
    However, it did sound like she said she doesn’t need or want her children to have the trappings that other celebs have and that is a load of bull. She is working and will work months at a time from sun up to sun down some days so how can she not have a nanny. I will also bet that the comment about not having a chef could be put under a little scrutiny too. And as for the gated community, it may not be gated but I will bet that she lives in a very secure members only community and all those things are fine. If she wouldn’t talk about the fact that she has or doesn’t have any of those things no one would give it a second thought.
    I agree with Because I said so, celebs need to stop trying to convince us that they live like us. It is not true and it does in fact insult our intetlligence

  11. Codzilla says:

    Jolie: LOL! You nearly made me choke on my OJ, but it was worth it.

  12. wow says:

    I absolutely LOVE her acting, but she is also known to be a bit snooty.

  13. Zoe (The Other One) says:

    I love Kate – the sun shines out of her snatch. She is SOOOO much better than everyone else. She literally can do NO wrong in my eyes. LOVE LOVE LOVE her.

    If I was going to be stalkerish and weird about anyone it would be her and George Michael. Trufax.

  14. Annie says:

    Yea. I’m with ya. I really wish they’d stop the whole “we’re just like you” bit. It’s getting old. And no one buys it.

  15. geronimo says:

    I don’t think she contradicted herself really. Examining every single word that comes out a celeb’s mouth is kind of infantile if you’re expecting every word they utter to be exact and precise. I read her original comments as being far more about the ‘type’ of life she has – ie. pretty hands on with her kids and her domestic arrangements – rather that her saying she’s never had a nanny or any help etc.

    Kate’s great, talks too much sometimes but then, don’t we all….

  16. Ana says:

    It’s offical. The next pet I get is going to be named Merkin.

  17. lrm says:

    I think what she’s meant to say all along is that she’s not doing the ‘posh hollywood lifestyle’ with herself or her children. And that is something to let fans know about,b/c image is everything in this business.
    she prob. should’ve been more specific like ‘i dont throw the kids 100,000 dollar bday parties,and we don’t dine on the the french riviera all summer long.’
    you know,to differentiate. but yea,of course she has some assistance,like nearly ALL moms. Heck,i dont have any money and stay at home,but sometimes my kid’s aunt takes care of him for the afternoon to give me a break.
    that’s just common sense.
    so,it doesn’t mean she’s backtracking,but is more likely clarifying what she meant.
    i think it’s a case of poor choice of words.
    Now,she should give the whole ‘i’m not like hollywood,i’m an everday girl,’ thing a rest. we’ve heard it. and heard it. and heard it. in every interview of the last three years. it’s done.

  18. Ling says:

    Well, everyone has a nanny.

    For the record (no-one asked), I prefer full bushes, on myself and in full frontal scenes in film. It looks more proportionally sound. Without Da Bush it’s all awkward and lippy and gross. And you can totally tell where the pubic bone is. I’d be more comfortable showing myself off with a full bush, to be honest. I dream of a Bush Revolution but my hopes aren’t high.

  19. Ned says:

    This is so cheap. It sounds like an interview with a prostitute or a stripper, not an award winning actress.

    They made a huge mistake giving an Oscar for that part and that film, but moreover, she is so far from classy.

    She talks and acts like a stripper (at best).

    As for the nanny thing- why should anyone be embarrassed about having a nanny?
    Why lie about something so obvious and common.

  20. *michka* says:

    thats bullshit! she’s probably just saying its a merkin cause i’ve been waxing for 9 years so if that was the case i would save alot of time and money!!