Winslet has talked openly over the years about being, in her words, "a fat girl" when she was young, and her figure has often been a topic of conversation over the past decade. She says she's decided to embrace her own body, in part to set an example for her daughter, though it should be noted Winslet appeared for the interview sleek and slim in black pants.
"I don't know a single woman who doesn't stand up and check the tushie before she walks out the door," she said. "I've decided I am going to start loving my backside, really just saying, yes. Because I don't know anyone who does that, you know? And for my daughter, I want to be able to say to her, I love this.
"[Young women] look at all of us, myself included, on these magazine covers and they think, 'my God, how does she get skin like that?' And I can tell you, I have so many blemishes under this makeup that have been so fabulously covered. I promise you. I promise you," she said. "But I did realize a few years ago that no one actually talks about this retouching thing. It's like a secret or something. I'm damned if it's going to be a secret anymore. I really want these young women to know we don't look like this."
In addition to the challenging material in the film, Winslet says she found it very difficult to be away from her children while shooting "The Reader" overseas. While the separation only lasted a few weeks, she says it was the longest period she has gone without her two children, Mia, 8, and Joe, 5.
"In those moments of being away from them, you know, that was very new to me," she said. "And they were fine, of course. I was the one falling apart, going, 'OK, I've unpacked my things, and now I don't know what to do because I'm in a hotel room by myself, which I can't remember what that feels like.'"
Winslet also says she's determined not to let her career and celebrity affect her children's upbringing and her role in their lives.
"I mean, it's a massive juggle, you know, without question it is," she said. "You know, you jump through hoops. ... I'm on a plane tonight. I'll be home at 5 in the morning. And I will be on that school ground tomorrow morning. I absolutely will be. ... It's crucial for our kids that we are the key people in their life. And I wouldn't want to have it any other way."