The highly anticipated “Steve Jobs” biopic aired at the New York Film Festival over the weekend, and on Tuesday night the festival honored Kate Winslet, one of the film’s stars, with a dinner at the Kaplan Penthouse inside Lincoln Center. In conversation with festival director Kent Jones, Winslet made a strong case against photo retouching in the media. “I think it’s very easy for children, particularly young girls, to access information about…people in the public eye, that can be quite glamorized in a way that isn’t always real. And that really bothers me, because I think young girls want to be pretty, they want to feel loved…and they look at those images of people that are often not necessarily curvy or healthy or these kinds of womanly things that I believe in, and it just bothers me that they aspire to look like that,” she said. “So it is up to us to somehow communicate to those young women that it’s about being who you are, being happy within yourself, feeling confident [and] comfortable in your skin.”
Winslet continued, “I think these days, because they’re exposed to levels of criticism in the media, they just copy — they just automatically criticize, criticize themselves, criticize each other….So whenever I do see my image digitally altered in any way I just speak up about it and say ‘actually, this isn’t real.’ Because I don’t want my daughter to look at those images and say, ‘Wow, you really look like that?’ It’s so dishonest. And I can’t deal with that.” Her words were met with a round of applause.
The evening came on the heels of the Oscar-winning actress’ 40th birthday. “How did that happen?” Winslet laughed. “But it’s an amazing feeling because I’ve been building up to it. I’ve been deciding how I was going to feel on that day and deciding I was going to go rocketing to 40. And actually doing ‘Steve Jobs’ was really symbolic for me, having it be the last film I did in my 30s and loving it as much as I do.…And when my husband Ned [Rocknroll] and I saw it for the first time, I was very emotional because I felt so proud to be a part of something that is this accomplished. It’s a really rare feeling, that.”