“Woody Allen is an extraordinary writer.” These were actress Kate Winslet’s first words speaking on ‘The Envelope’ with the Los Angeles Times on Sunday. It was at this point that Margot Robbie’s face froze.
The 42-year-old British star was talking about her latest film, Wonder Wheel, written and directed by Allen, and her enthusiasm for his work was palpable.
“He’s obviously known for having created extraordinary roles, very very powerful and complicated roles for women, for many many years.”
She said working with him was a “privilege” and a “responsibility”, and that Allen himself was particularly excited about this project.
“Woody was very, very excited about this film. It’s set in Coney Island it’s where he’s from,” Winslet told the roundtable.
“I mean literally we were shooting on streets where he used to skip around and get ice cream as a little boy. And so I think his effervescence and enthusiasm really was quite infectious for everyone.”
Her calling him ‘Woody’ and sharing snapshots of his childhood worked to paint a glowing picture of the 82-year-old director. She couldn’t stop waxing lyrical about his expertise as an artist.
It was a character assessment not one other person on the panel was willing to add to or buy into.