February 7, 2009

Winslet says ‘Reader’ role was challenging

British actress Kate Winslet says playing an illiterate concentration camp guard in The Reader was a difficult task at times.

The 33-year-old actress, who gained fame in Titanic and Sense and Sensibility, said capturing the guilt and shame felt by her character in relation to her Nazi ties and illiteracy was a difficult task, Deutsche Welle reported Saturday.

I tried to make her a human being as well as showing her vulnerability and shame, Winslet said after a Berlin International Film Festival screening Friday.

The movie, based on a book by German novelist Bernhard Schlink, follows a romance between Winslet's character and a 15-year-old boy played by David Kross.

The Reader has already earned Winslet a best actress Oscar nomination and is up for a total of five Academy Awards this year, including best picture and a best director nod for Stephen Daldry.