Kate Winslet Reveals She Did Her ‘Titanic’ Audition With Matthew McConaughey
As Titanic celebrates its 20th anniversary, the team that brought the epic story to life has been reflecting on the making of the movie and its enduring legacy. Recently, director James Cameron explained why Jack didn’t fit on that life-saving door, settling two decades of debate over the issue. And now Kate Winslet is sharing some behind-the-scenes scoop — including the fact that she did her audition not with Leonardo DiCaprio but Matthew McConaughey.
There have long been rumors that McConaughey was in talks with Paramount to play Jack Dawson, while Gwyneth Paltrow was being considered for the role of Rose DeWitt Bukater. Cameron previously addressed the situation back in 2012, telling MTV News, “I will neither confirm nor deny. I just don’t think that’s cool to talk about actors that either chose not to do it, or were unavailable, or stupidly decided that there wasn’t enough meat on the bone of the character, or whatever it was.”
Winslet, on the other hand, is totally willing to dish. “I auditioned with Matthew,” she shared in a new interview with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show. “Isn’t that weird? Never said that in public before.”
Though she noted the audition with him was “completely fantastic,” she did have to agree with Colbert when he said that it would have been a “totally different” movie if McConaughey had been cast. “Southern accent Jack,” the late-night host quipped.
“It just wouldn’t have been the whole Jack and Rose, Kate and Leo [thing],” Winslet admitted. (We don’t even want to think about that!)
The Oscar winner also shared a few other insider tidbits, like the fact that James Cameron was the one who sketched her (though in a bathing suit, not nude) and how they managed to look so sweaty in that sexy car scene. “It did get quite sweaty in the car, but we were spritzed down with spray Evian bottles to make us look really like in the throes of… ”
The 42-year-old actress had her own take on that door scene, too, admitting that when Rose tells Jack that she’ll never let him go, “I lie. I fully lie. I hold my hand up, I let him go.” She thinks, though, that Jack could have done a little more to try to save himself: “He just should have tried harder to get on that door, because I think we would have [fit]!”
She and Colbert even proved her point by re-enacting the film’s ending. As Winslet dove across the desk in her slim-fitting blue outfit, her stand-in Jack got himself settled on the floor. “Promise me, Rose. Promise me this… You’ll let me get up on that door with you,” he pleaded, to which she replied, “Come on, darling, there’s room for two!”
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Of course, if that had actually happened in the movie, we would’ve ended up with a happily-ever-after instead of learning that our hearts will go on.
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(photos via Merie Weismiller Wallace/Paramount Pictures/Twentieth Century Fox + Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)