Kate Winslet on Her Role in the Steve Jobs Biopic

Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs movie will not premiere until October 9, but the actors are already sharing their experiences on the shooting process. Following Michael Stuhlbarg’s interview with Collider, Vulture has today shared an interview with Kate Winslet who plays Joanna Hoffman, the legendary marketing head in the movie (via Cult of Mac).


As it turns out, the film isn’t about Steve Jobs at all: “its about how that man has one hundred percent dictated how we all live our lives today and how we function as people. The film is about all of us, and all of us today, not in ’eighty-four, or ‘eighty-eight or ‘ninety-eight. I mean, look at us all — how we function. You look at a lot of toddlers today, they’ll pick up any screen of any kind, and they don’t push a button, they swipe. It’s horrifying but kind of extraordinary, and that is Steve Jobs. As a parent of a small child, it’s alarming,” Winslet says.

She also opens up and shares the funny story of how she got the role.

I didn’t look like a Polish-Armenian immigrant. But sometimes you have to convince people, so my wonderful husband, Ned, I said to him, “Okay, honey, please, while I’m at work, would you mind awfully going to a wig shop and, please, get for me three dark-haired wigs, one short, one shoulder-length, and one long — and we will Google what this woman looks like.” There are very few actual images of her online, and I said, “Of course, I look absolutely nothing like her, perfect.” So I put a wig on my head and scrubbed my face of all makeup. I took one photograph of myself, and, lucky me, I have an email address of one Mr. Scott Rudin, and I just sent him the photo with no subject. Soon there’s this call saying, okay, okay, can Danny come and meet with Kate in Australia?

Later on, she spent some time with Joanna Hoffman, who had a special relationship with Steve Jobs:

She came to America as a young woman and achieved a great deal. One thing that was unique about her as a figure in Steve’s life was that she didn’t need anything from him. She just needed for him to be the best version of himself. And that’s what really set their relationship apart from any relationship with all his other colleagues.

The whole interview is worth your time. To read it, follow this link.

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