Around Town: Guy Pearce on Sex Scenes with Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet

Playing the title role in HBO’s new five-part miniseries Mildred Pierce was grueling, says Kate Winslet. “I’m in every single scene. Somehow I feel like I missed that when I read the script,” she recalled with a laugh at the film’s premiere on Monday. 

The Oscar winner had just taken a long break from working when the job came up, so she felt up to the challenge. “It’s a huge undertaking. I was just excited, and really ready to do something solid and tough, like this.”

The Titanic star obviously didn’t let herself go during that time, because she easily pulled off a very revealing Stella McCartney dress with a sheer panel that left very little to the imagination.

Evan Rachel Wood, who also stars, loved wearing the ’30s-era fashions in the series and praised costume designer Ann Roth.

“I think she styled this movie perfectly and made it work very well,” Wood said. Was any of it uncomfortable? “Oh yeah, absolutely,” she said. “And hot. But, you know, you do it.”  Another throwback to an earlier era, Wood’s character smokes in the show. “Those were unfiltered cigarettes that we had to smoke,” she said, also claiming that bit of acting didn’t bother her too much.

We couldn’t resist asking Guy Pearce, who plays Winslet’s love interest, what it was like doing the movie’s sex scenes.  “Amazing,” he said, calling Winslet delightful and gorgeous. “The sex scenes were … you know, I’ll never forget them. My wife, I’m sure when she sees them as well, she’ll never forget them.”

Winslet held court late into the night at the Plaza Hotel after-party, where guests munched on ’30s-themed food like chicken potpie and listened to a jazz band playing music of the era.

Ricky Martin

Among the honorees at Saturday’s Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards was Latin music great Ricky Martin, who came out of the closet last year.  Martin said he was humbled to receive the award. 

“This is very powerful. I’ve been through a very beautiful, intense, spiritual process, especially the last two years,” he said. “And I’m walking today with my head high, and to be here receiving an award—I’ve done nothing.”

Martin is about to embark on a tour, and, in fact, spent the day rehearsing in his studio in Puerto Rico, then flew to New York for the awards ceremony, and flew right back again.  His twin sons, born via surrogate in 2008, will accompany him on tour. “Their playground is the arena right now,” the singer said.

Tina Fey, accepting a GLAAD award for an episode of 30 Rock that featured a positive portrayal of a gay character, said, “30 Rock has been very lucky over the last five years to win some other awards, but the thing that I’m most proud of about the show is that it is a truly diverse and inclusive and positive workplace, and I take this award as a reflection of that.”

Denis O’Hare, who picked up the award for HBO’s True Blood, explained how he came up with his acceptance speech.

“I asked [producer] Alan Ball, in case we won, to send me something to say, since he’s brilliant and I’m not,” O’Hare told the crowd. “So this is from Mr. Ball himself. He says, ‘I would thank them for recognizing our very positive portrayal of gays and lesbians as bloodthirsty monsters, black magic practitioners, prostitutes, and drug dealers.’”

Bravo’s Andy Cohen hosted the GLAAD dinner and guests included Russell Simmons, Rev. Al Sharpton, Gail Simmons, Ted Allen, New York State’s First Lady–friend Sandra Lee, and Vinny Guadagnino from Jersey Shore.

Photos: Kate Winslet (top), Ricky Martin (bottom)