“It won’t get handed to you on a plate. Just keep experimenting and practicing, even if that’s just at home.” – Kate Winslet
Academy and Emmy Award-winning actress Kate Winslet took some time away from acting after enjoying the success of the HBO limited series Mare of Easttown that she starred in. However, in a quick chat with Variety, she admitted she missed working with other actors — and shared some career advice for those who might be interested in becoming actors themselves.
Winslet confesses that as much as she enjoyed spending time off with her family, she missed the thrill of acting. She explains, “For an actor, there’s nothing as thrilling as being in a room with other actors.”
As for sharing advice that she’s learned over her career, Winslet suggests that actors practice at home — just not in front of a mirror. She says, “Don’t expect the world to owe you something that you haven’t worked hard toward achieving for yourself. It won’t get handed to you on a plate. Just keep experimenting and practicing, even if that’s just at home. Don’t act in front of a mirror. All that does is show you what your facial expressions are. But it’s more important to start from the inside. Try not to be hard on yourself if you don’t get a role you really wanted, just keep going. Don’t scrutinize your appearance, it will only make you self-conscious and becomes a distraction.”
Though that sounds like some tough love, Winslet is quick to add that actors should “enjoy” what they are doing. She adds, “Acting is a joy and a pleasure. Just keep enjoying what it feels like.”