In the 2006 film The Holiday, Kate Winslet plays the role of Iris Simpkins. A fan of writer/director Nancy Meyers' previous work on Something's Gotta Give (2003), Winslet at the time was primarily known for her portrayals in period films, but was drawn to The Holiday for it's concept of having a contemporary English woman in a romantic comedy, a genre Winslet had not done before. However, she was deftly afraid of not being funny enough for the part and would share phone conversations with her co-star Jude Law about fear of being recast. To prepare for her role, and adapt to the genre, Winslet watched screwball comedies from the 1940's, such as His Girl Friday and The Philadelphia Story, particularly to study the dialogues and performances. Stay tuned!
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