Kate Winslet initially refused "Labor Day" role

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Depressed single mom Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited.
February 20th, 2014

Kate Winslet initially turned down her role in 'Labor Day'.

The 38-year-old actress was nominated for a Best Actress Golden Globe for her portrayal of depressed single mother Adele Wheeler - whose character was written by director Jason Reitman with Kate in mind - in the film, and admits she turned down the role at first only to be persuaded by filmmaker Reitman to reconsider.

She said: ''I had just finished working in Paris with Roman Polanski [on 'Carnage'] and it was March of 2010 and Jason wanted to start filming in June and I knew that was quite quick for me. I wouldn't normally do things so close together.

''I loved the script, but said 'Sadly I can't do it' and he said, 'Why not?' Which I thought was incredibly bold, and I was enamoured by that response.''

Despite Winslet - who is mother to three children from three different marriages - turning down the role, Reitman even changed the films production schedule to suit her.

She told Total Film magazine: ''I'd made a commitment to myself in my life that I wasn't going to work until the following year. And he said, 'When would you do it?' And I said, 'A year from now,' and he said 'Ok.'

''And that has never happened to me before - someone's actually waited a whole year. And I felt very, very fortunate that he was prepared to do that.''