Winslet overcomes her Rickmania
Kate Winslet has confessed she would not have been able to star in her latest film had she not managed to overcome her fear of Alan Rickman.
The Oscar-winning actress attended the premiere of A Little Chaos at the Kensington Odeon in London tonight, with co-stars Helen McCrory and Alan Rickman, who also directed the period drama.
Winslet last worked with Rickman when she was 19 on her second feature film Sense And Sensibility. Her character Marianne married Rickman's Colonel Brandon.
She said of being directed by him in A Little Chaos: "It was wonderful to be part of something that was a collaboration with a friend and someone who I've known for such a long time. Who I can't believe, really, I managed to ever get over my fear of.
"When I first met Alan I was absolutely terrified. I was 19, he was Alan Rickman, and he's got that voice, and I remember meeting him in the hair and make-up trailer and thinking, 'I'm going to die. He thinks I'm rubbish. Why am I here?'.
"And here I am 20 years later having ended up marrying him in Sense And Sensibility and now being directed by him in A Little Chaos."
Winslet plays Sabine De Barra, a fictional landscape gardener who overcomes the odds to design an ornate rockery in the elaborate gardens of Versailles for King Louis XIV (Rickman).
Winslet, 39, was pregnant with her third child at the time of filming, but still took part in a perilous stunt scene when her character falls into a weir.
She revealed: "Flinging myself into that water, I was pregnant and I deliberately didn't tell anybody, because I knew they wouldn't let me fall in if they knew. Of course I had to do that bit, so I did, and I had a great time.
"It was (freezing), but I've done Titanic, so it was a bit like taking a cold bath in comparison."
Rickman admitted recreating the Palace of Versailles on location in England on a shoestring budget had been a challenge.
He said: "The problem is England is a thin country, and you're only ever about 20 miles from a motorway. Or the wind changes and you're on a flight path. So we have many interesting out-takes."
Asked if there was enough funding for the arts in Britain, Rickman replied: "Give me a break! I'll come back and answer that question after the election."
He then added: "Vote Labour!"
A Little Chaos, which also stars Helen McCrory and Matthias Schoenaerts, opens in cinemas on Friday April 17.