- Breakaway Pop Hit: She recorded a song called "What If" to go along with a 2001 animated version of A Christmas Carol. The film flopped and is mostly forgotten. But the song was a Number 1 in three different countries and came close to winning the Christmas top spot in the UK. The song is remembered more than the film these days.
- Enforced Method Acting: She came onto the set of Divergent a little later than everyone else and initially kept her distance from the young actors, resulting in them being quite intimidated by her.
- Fake American: Does it quite often: Titanic, The Life of David Gale, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, All the King's Men, Little Children, Revolutionary Road, Mildred Pierce, Contagion, Carnage, Labor Day, Divergent, Steve Jobs. The last one was especially tricky to pull off, as Joanna Hoffman was a Polish immigrant whose accent was a mix between that and American.
- Fake Nationality: French in Quills, German in The Reader.
- Fan Nickname: "Dame Kate", because her getting a Damehood seems that inevitable at this point.
- Funny Character, Boring Actor: Inverted. She's usually known for serious dramatic movies, yet in real life is a perky bubbly Genki Girl. Put it this way - she keeps her Oscar in the bathroom just so visitors in her house can have a play with it if they should wish. She's also apparently a bit of a pranksters and is a huge fan of Toilet Humor.
- Hide Your Pregnancy:
- She was five months pregnant while filming Divergent. Although she only had four weeks of shooting, they could only shoot her from the waist up. She's also carrying folders, files and iPads to cover the bump in wide shots.
- Ditto for Enigma, requiring some trick camera work to hide the bump.
- Old Shame:
- Despite Titanic making her famous, she is embarrassed by her performance and accent in it - describing it as like watching an old home movie of herself. She said that she'd throw up if she had to hear "My Heart Will Go On" again. She also stated that she would not work for James Cameron again unless she got paid a lot of money, noting that his Hair-Trigger Temper made him difficult to work with.
- A Kid in King Arthur's Court as well, since she was told to lose weight, and became sick as a result.
- Playing Against Type:
- In Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind where she's playing a deconstruction of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl, likewise playing the wacky one alongside Jim Carrey - who plays the serious one. It's apparently her favourite performance of hers.
- In Divergent not only playing a villain but starring in a YA dystopia movie.
- Playing Gertrude:
- Star-Making Role: She earned an Oscar nomination for Sense and Sensibility, but Titanic is what turned her into a household name. She however avoided major studio pictures afterwards, and focused only on projects she liked. She became a critical darling as a result.
- What Could Have Been:
- Almost played SAURON in The Lord of the Rings. Peter Jackson toyed with the idea of having Sauron pull a One-Winged Angel in the final battle, as a Bishounen angelic creature to fight Aragorn. She was also offered the role of Eowyn, which eventually went to Miranda Otto.
- Another one, the producers had Winslet in mind to play the character of River Song on Doctor Who.
- She was offered the role of Helena Ravenclaw for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Her agent turned it down before even asking her, and it went to Kelly Macdonald.
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