Kate Winslet was busily texting as she walked down the hotel corridor to the suite where our interview was due to take place. â€œItâ€™s my son Joe,â€ she explains. â€œHe has an earache and heâ€™s back in the UK right now so I was texting about a doctorâ€™s appointment for him.â€
Joe, nine, from her marriage to Sam Mendes and her daughter Mia, 12, from her marriage to Jim Threapleton, will soon have a sibling, as the 38-year-old actress is heavily pregnant expecting her third child, this one from her union with Richard Bransonâ€™s nephew, Ned Rocknroll, whom she married in December 2012.
The marriage shocked her friends but, she says: â€œI just feel really happy in general â€“ happy with work and happy with life. Things are wonderful. In terms of what will change when we have the baby, I just donâ€™t know. Weâ€™ll just have to wait and see.â€
One thing that wonâ€™t change is her name. â€œI was never going to change my name to Rocknroll,â€ she says firmly. â€œIâ€™ve never changed my name to anything so I didnâ€™t see a reason to start now. I quite like Kate Winslet; in fact I think itâ€™s very flashy. Iâ€™m proud of my name because Iâ€™m one of three girls and we have one boy in our family so essentially the only person who is going to carry the name along is my brother and he doesnâ€™t have any children at the moment.â€
Motherhood and children feature prominently in our conversation, not just because of her pregnancy but because she is playing a single mother abandoned by her husband in her new film Labor Day, which was directed by Canadian Jason Reitman, one of Torontoâ€™s favourite sons, and had its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.