The school also functioned as an agency and took students to London to audition for acting jobs. She participated in over 20 of their stage productions, but was rarely selected as the lead due to her weight. While filming, an off-hand comment from the director Diarmuid Lawrence about the likeness between her and the actress who played her mother prompted Winslet to lose weight.
Film breakthrough Peter Jackson gave Winslet her first film role as a teenage murderess in Heavenly Creatures Winslet was among girls to audition for Peter Jackson 's psychological drama Heavenly Creatures , and was cast after impressing Jackson with the intensity she brought to her part. She prepared for the part by reading the transcripts of the girls' murder trial, their letters and diaries, and interacted with their acquaintances.
Impressed by her reading, Thompson cast her for the much larger part of the recklessly romantic teenager Marianne Dashwood. As with her Heavenly Creatures part, Winslet's roles in these films were those of women with a "mad edge".
Roger Ebert believed that the part allowed Winslet to display her acting range, and praised her for the defiance she brought to the role. Cameron was initially reluctant to cast her, preferring the stars Claire Danes or Gwyneth Paltrow , but Winslet pleaded with him, "You don't understand!
I don't know why you're even seeing anyone else! She nearly drowned, caught influenza, suffered from hypothermia on being submerged in freezing water, and had bruises on her arms and knees.
The workload allowed her only four hours of sleep per day and she felt drained by the experience. She eschewed parts in blockbuster films in favour of independent productions that were not widely seen, believing that she "still had a lot to learn" and was unprepared to be a star.
She found the script brave and was challenged by the idea of portraying an unlikable, manipulative woman. In Quills , a biopic of the erratic Marquis de Sade , starring Geoffrey Rush and Joaquin Phoenix , Winslet played the supporting part of a sexually repressed laundress working in a mental asylum. Winslet's character was vastly expanded from a subsidiary love-interest in the novel it was based on to a prominent code-breaker in the film.
The director Richard Eyre cast the two actresses after finding a "correspondence of spirit between them". The Movie , based on Charles Dickens ' novel. For the film's soundtrack she sang " What If ", which proved to be a commercial hit; she donated her earnings from it to children's charities.
She agreed to the project to work with the director Alan Parker , whom she admired, and believed that the film raised pertinent questions about capital punishment. Romances, comedies, and Little Children Winslet at the Toronto International Film Festival To avoid typecasting in historical dramas, Winslet sought out films set in contemporary times.
Despite her reluctance to star in another period piece, Winslet agreed to the project after empathising with Sylvia's love for her children.
She played a satirical version of herself in it—an actress, who in an effort to win an Oscar, takes the role of a nun in a Holocaust film. She played the supporting part of the love interest to Law's character. Based on the novel of the same name , the film tells the story of Sarah Pierce, an unhappy housewife who has an affair with a married neighbour played by Patrick Wilson. Winslet was challenged by the role of an uncaring mother, as she did not understand or respect her character's actions.
Awards success Winslet had two critically acclaimed roles in Winslet was attracted to the idea of playing a woman whose aspirations had not been met,  and she read The Feminine Mystique to understand the psychology of unhappy housewives from the era. After her replacement Nicole Kidman left the project due to her pregnancy, Winslet was signed to it.
Winslet researched the Holocaust and the SS guards. To educate herself on the stigma of illiteracy, she spent time with students at the Literacy Partners, an organisation that teaches adults to read and write.
Cain's novel from the director Todd Haynes. Winslet, who had recently divorced Mendes, believed that certain aspects of her character's life mirrored her own.
Set entirely inside an apartment, the black comedy follows two sets of parents feuding over their respective children. Jodie Foster , John C. Reilly , and Christoph Waltz co-starred. The cast rehearsed the script like a play for two weeks, and Winslet brought her children with her to Paris for the eight weeks of filming. Critical disappointments, a film series, and Steve Jobs Winslet attending the premiere of Labor Day at the Toronto International Film Festival Winslet said that her workload of helped her get over heartbreak from her divorce, and after finishing work on Carnage she took a break from acting to focus on her children.
Describing Adele's character as having "more vulnerability than strength", Winslet found her to be a departure from the strong-willed women she typically played. Winslet was pregnant with her third child while filming, and her tight-fitting costumes had to be altered to accommodate the pregnancy. Winslet's role was that of the fictitious architect Sabine de Barra, someone she believed had overcome extreme grief and hardship like herself.
She learned to sew for the part and designed some of her own costumes. Keen to play Jobs' marketing chief and confidant Joanna Hoffman , she sent a picture of herself dressed as Hoffman to the film's producer.
In preparation, Winslet spent time with Hoffman, and worked with a dialect coach to adopt Hoffman's accent, a mixture of Armenian and Polish, which she considered to be the hardest one of her career. Winslet collaborated closely with Fassbender, and their off-screen relationship mirrored the collegial dynamic between Jobs and Hoffman. They filmed in the mountains of Western Canada at 10, feet above sea level where the temperature was well below freezing.
She played Ginny, a temperamental housewife having an affair with a lifeguard Justin Timberlake. She described Ginny as permanently dissatisfied and uneasy, and playing her proved difficult for Winslet, who suffered from anxiety. It contains correspondence between Winslet and Ericsdottir, personal statements from various celebrities, and contributions from Thorsteinsson.