Kate Winslet insisted on performing 'Divergent' stunts despite pregnancy

20 March 2014 / 2 years 7 months ago

Kate Winslet was so committed to her role in 'Divergent' that she insisted on performing her own stunts despite being pregnant with her third child.

The actress - who gave birth to a son, Bear Blaze, three months ago - was so hands-on during filming for the highly-anticipated big screen adaptation of Veronica Roth's bestselling teen triology that she refused to have a stunt double on set until director Neil Burger put his foot down.

Speaking at the US premiere of 'Divergent', Veronica told People magazine: "It's pretty funny because she was pregnant when we were shooting, but she wanted to do her own stunt falls.

"She did a couple. She's you know, very careful about it, and then finally Neil Burger was like, 'Okay I'm too nervous - you can't do this anymore.' She was like, you know, taking-charge lady - she powers through. It's really impressive." 

Kate - who also has children Mia, 13, and Joe, 10, from previous relationships - was so "committed" to her role as cold and calculating leader of the Erudite faction, Jeanine Matthews, that she insisted on making her performance as realistic as possible. 

Neil added: "We had to refit all of her wardrobe, but then there is a scene where she fights Shailene [Woodley] and she was like, you know, taking the falls and I'm like, 'Stop, you're pregnant.' But she was still wanting to do it with as much action. 

"She's a committed actress and she's a committed mother, too. But she is just completely there, and you kind of just have to stop her." 

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