Kate Winslet Reveals Her Most Recognized Role to Date (and It’s Not What You Think)

The actress divulged the answer on a late-night talk show.
Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet.

While Kate Winslet made her acting debut in the early 1990s, she’s since starred in countless films that have made her a household name. The award-winning actress is known for movies like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Revolutionary Road, and, of course, Titanic

However, while on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon earlier this week, the 48-year-old mom of two revealed that there’s one role in particular that she gets recognized the most for.

“People come up to me in the street more about The Holiday and the episode of Extras that I did than Titanic,” Winslet stated. “I promise you. Especially at Christmas. And actually, what’s so lovely is that mothers and daughters come up to me in the grocery store and they say, ‘Oh Kate, we just love The Holiday. It’s our little ritual at Christmas,’ and they have things that they eat every year, they sit down, it’s a tradition and I just love that. That’s something I never would have expected actually, the sort of  mother-daughter connection around a film like that. It’s so nice, it’s lovely.”

The Holiday, released in 2006, also stars Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Jack Black. The film, directed by Nancy Meyers, follows the story of two women (Winslet and Diaz) who swap homes for the holiday season and fall for men (Law and Black) in their new destinations.

“When people watch The Holiday, it’s just so aspirational,” Diaz told Vulture in 2020 of the rom-com. “They’re like, ‘One day, I’ll be able to do that.’ It’s almost like a modern-day Prince Charming, but not a helpless princess.”

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