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Actress Winslet says playing a Brit would be ultimate challenge

In her latest film, 'Triple 9', Winslet plays a Russian-Israeli mafia boss.

British actress Kate Winslet poses during the launch of the 'Printemps Christmas Fairy Tale' windows at the Printemps department store in Paris, France, 06 November 2015. Printemps celebrates its 150th anniversary. EPA/CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSONK
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LONDON - Having put on an array of foreign accents in her award-winning career, British actress Kate Winslet says she really wants to play an English character, adding it would be “the ultimate challenge”.

The Titanic star has pretended to be American, Australian, Polish-Armenian and in her latest film, crime thriller Triple 9, a Russian-Israeli mafia boss.

“My MO [modus operandi] is just keep doing the unexpected. Although I do also keep trying to play an English person but that just doesn't keep happening for me at the moment,” Winslet told Reuters in an interview.

“That would be the ultimate challenge and then I’d have no dialect coach at all. No one to have my back and I would be all by myself and probably more terrified than ever before. Wouldn't that be novel?”

Winslet plays the bejeweled and designer-clad Irina Vlaslov in action-packed Triple 9 about corrupt police and the criminal underworld -- a role she said “felt very out of my comfort zone”.

“I don’t know anyone like this woman. I didn't like her. I didn’t empathize with her. I wanted that challenge of playing a character who really felt like a character,” she said.

Winslet is in the running for an Academy Award for her portrayal in Steve Jobs of the late Apple co-founder’s colleague Joanna Hoffman.

She won an Oscar for The Reader, an Emmy Award for Mildred Pierce, a Best Spoken Word Album For Children Grammy for Listen to the Storyteller, meaning she is just missing a Tony Award to complete the EGOT acronym of all four major entertainment honours.

Asked if going to Broadway was next, Winslet said: “Well I suppose it probably is now. And that's more because of my 12-year-old son Joe, who ... is just obsessed with records.”

“So since he has learnt about this EGOT thing, he’s like, ‘Mum you’ve gotta do it.’”

Winslet has backed her Titanic co-star Leonardo DiCaprio to win the best actor Oscar this year for The Revenant.

Both have been honored this awards season, reuniting on the red carpet, much to the delight of Titanic fans, something that surprised Winslet.

“It’s crazy but it’s wonderful how people still get such a kick out of the [Titanic characters] Jack and Rose combo.”

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