Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role 2009
SEX WORKER ROLE
Tula in Romance & Cigarettes 2005
Character Is A Prostitute
“Romance and Cigarettes” is an ensemble comedy that explores the blue-collar life in New York City. Kate Winslet plays Tula, a lingerie saleswoman by day and a prostitute by night. The character has a foul mouth with a thick south Yorkshire accent. Tula even sings underwater!
This film was written and directed by John Turturro, and he says of the casting of Kate Winslet as Tula:
“But I unleashed this other side of her. We connected. She wanted to play Tula as American. But I said no. When I grew up, the people next door were English. I told her it was important she came from a poor town. Kate knew these girls from Sheffield, so that’s where the accent originated. I also knew Kate could play a character like that, make her human. She’s a fearless performer, and she’s moving.”
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