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.’”
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.