In a new interview pegged to the upcoming release of her new movie Avatar: The Way of Water, Kate Winslet disclosed what her kids' favorite film of hers is - and she did not hide her surprise at their pick.
Kate, who recently revealed her all-time favorite role (no, it’s not Titanic), told PEOPLE that her 22-year-old daughter Mia Threapleton, 19-year-old son Joe Mendes and 9-year-old son Bear Winslet are partial to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the 2004 film that Kate starred in alongside Jim Carrey, Kristen Dunst, Elijah Wood and Mark Ruffalo.
The movie, which critics loved at the time of its release, tells the story of a couple who undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories forever as their relationship "turns sour."
"Mia and Joe love Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Love [it], and love the soundtrack," the 47-year-old Oscar-winning actor said. "So regularly, I'll hear from someone's bedroom, Beck blasting. I'll be like, 'That's Eternal Sunshine.' So that's kind of amazing."
"And that generation, there are specific lines of dialogue that they latch onto," she went on. "My kids and their friends will quote back to me. They'll be like, 'Do you know who said that?' And I'll say, 'No. Who said that?' And they'll be, 'You did, Mom, as Clementine in Eternal Sunshine!' I'm like, 'Oh my God, that amazing line.' So they are kind of clinging onto these things that's really fun and certainly unexpected."
Kate, who actually stars alongside daughter in I Am Ruth, also shared that her kids were the ones to convince her to take on the role of Ronal in the much-anticipated Avatar sequel, which also reunites her with James Cameron, her former director on Titanic.
"[James] called me and described the role and I thought, 'My God, that sounds amazing,'" Kate remembers. "And my kids were like, 'Oh my God, Mom, you have to do it.' I was like, 'Obviously.' I said, 'Well, they're going to send the script.' They were like, 'No, it doesn't matter. Just you have to do it!'"
Clearly, kids always know best!
Avatar will be Kate’s first big project since the 2021 release of HBO hit Mare of Easttown, the riveting limited series in which she starred as protagonist Marianne "Mare" Sheehan, a police detective in the suburbs of Philadelphia that investigates the murder of a teenage mother while dealing with a slew of issues defining her own private life.
"After I wrapped Mare, I took something close to 16 solid months out completely,” the actor said on the record. "And it was absolutely amazing, getting to choose when I can switch off, having that freedom of choice and opportunity so I don't feel I'm missing out on life or key moments in certainly my younger child's life. My older two are much older now, and I've been able to live through all of it with them and to have really been the parent I've always wanted to be and hopefully continue to be."
Welcome back to Hollywood, Kate!
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