Friday, February 20, 2009

she's my best actress...


Many, many years ago I met Kate Winslet.

Titanic had not come out yet.  It had been wrapped and there was much speculation in the industry as to how it would do.  Would it be the costliest bomb ever or do well?

We all know how it all turned out.

The year was 1996.  I had started my design company about a year earlier and was working part-time at a Starbucks in Los Angeles to make ends meet and for the insurance benefits.  I grew up in a very blue collar working class family. We didn't have much and I remember my Dad always working two jobs, sometimes three.  I have never felt secure enough in any job that I don't always have my eye on something else.

Kate Winslet walked in with someone that was either her agent/manager or PR guy.  
If you've lived and worked in LA long enough, you can spot them.  
Most are essentially the same person.  No one knew who she was.  
This was before she became the world's best actress.  
I had seen her in Heavenly Creatures when in came out.  It was her first film and I was mesmerized.  Her beauty is obvious at first and more complex the closer you look, but her talent--her talent was undeniable from the start.  I was completely taken.  Talent is very seductive.

She ordered her coffee and against her agent/manager/pr guys scowl, she ordered a scone. When I finished making her coffee I walked over to where she was standing and handed it to her and quitely said, "I thought you were incredible in Heavenly Creatures.  You're unbelievably talented."  She took my hand, the agent/manager/pr guy approached to shoo me away.  She shooed him away.  She held my hand, looked directly into my eyes and not only thanked me, but spent the next 10 minutes talking to me about acting, film and her nervousness over the opening of her new film, Titanic.

She has only become more beautiful and talented as the years have gone by.  This year's Kate Winslet movie offerings are the latest of examples of her immense talent.  

Congratulations Kate and next time, the coffee and scone are on me.

20 comments:

TKS said...

Beautiful.

Jillian said...

What a great story. I love her. She's an amazing actress and just so beautiful. I hope you get the chance to buy her that coffee & scone.

You're an amazing man.

KYLE said...

I love this post, not only because of Kate's wonderful persona but because it speaks volumes of who you are. Your success is no accident. You've earned. There's more on the way. Trust.

KYLE said...

P.S. Hopefully your shared scone will be in London. They have the best ones.

Whispering Pine Cottage said...

I imagine Kate has not forgotten you either, neat story. I like the new header. Have a great day! Angie

Tom Erdman said...

"The Reader" is an example of a movie taking the audience seriously. Her performance was riveting and raw, not preachy as it could have been. I left the movie thinking "What would I have done?" and I didn't have an answer. Winslet's performance reminded me of Meryl Streep's character in "Sophie's Choice". Not bad company to be in.

DesignTies said...

Kate Winslet is one of the classiest actresses out there. Not only is she talented and beautiful, but she comes across as a very real, down-to-earth person.

Your story about meeting her confirms that. And it also confirms that YOU are a real, down-to-earth person too :-) On top of talented and good looking, of course!! :-)

I've got a great orange & cranberry scone recipe that you will definitely win Kate's heart with when the opportunity comes up ;-)

Kelly

mbkatc230 said...

Such a great story. I was just commenting to someone the other day how she has matured into such a fine actress. I've also seen a couple of interviews with her, and she seems like such a likable, down to earth person with her feet planted very firmly on the ground. How fun that you got to meet her, and I hope you do get to buy her a cup of coffee and a scone! Kathy

Raggedy Girl said...

Angelo:

I felt like I was sitting at Starbucks with you and you were sharing this incredible tidbit. I was having one of their new cupcakes instead of a scone but it was all so good!

Happy Saturday to you...
from Roberta Anne

Kerri said...

What a wonderful story. She is an amazing actress to watch and a beautiful human being to behold. The idea of the two of you sharing a coffee and scone just make my morning. What a lovely photo that would make. I hope it is in London.

Samantha said...

I want to meet Kate Winslet!

Heck, I want to have coffee and scones with the two of you! NOW that would be a dream come true for me. I'll make the coffee and scones but I can't get us to London. It would have to be at my house. Ask Kate if she's up for it.

Jayne said...

She is just lovely. What a wonderful story. Now I want some coffee.

mrsben said...

Great story Angelo! Thanks for sharing it.

What a coincidence that 'Tom' would make reference to Meryl Streep as Kate reminds me of her for some reason. Even though Kate is much younger, perhaps it because both women possess such icredible talent.

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

Hi Angelo - this was a great post. And hearing another tidbit of your background makes me convinced you are truly one heckava guy. I like Kate Winslet, b/c unlike some of the other trashlettes....um, I mean starlettes, who think flashing their privates is a good PR moment - she seems to define class. I loved hearing about your Starbucks moment. Hope your weekend has been a good one so far...Blessings, Barb

Candace said...

This is a wonderful story.

Momovthree said...

Thank you for sharing your story with us! She is one of my favorites as well and I am so jealous that you were able to meet her.

I hope somehow she reads this!
~Michelle

Tomarie said...

Holy cow! What an experience to have! Just goes to show that good things come through a good cup o' Joe! :-) L~

lvroftiques said...

Hi Angelo! I just adore Kate Winslet too! And having read how lovely she was to you I have even more respect for her (if that's even possible *winks*) The girl is luminous! I'm so glad you found my blog so that I could find yours! I also love that you used to work at Starbucks! And just look at you now! Vanna

david john said...

thats a great story. you can tell she has class, intelligence, and her beauty is obvious.

thanks for sharing. i love living in los angeles, and having these moments with all different types of creative people.

restyled home said...

What a great story! Yes, she is beautiful...in htat fresh-faced way that Princess Diana was. Her face is never boring, unlike some of the bleach blond hollywood starlets. And her talent..well I'm with you on that, too!

Great blog you have here!
Linda

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