Kate's Best Actress Golden Globe came for her raw and explosive performance in Revolutionary Road. She plays the wife in a suburban couple discovering the dark side of the American dream.
After 11 years, Kate's finally reunited onscreen with Titanic co-star Leonardo DiCaprio, and the couple's chemistry is undeniable. But Leonardo wasn't the only man on set with whom Kate shared sparks— the film was directed by her husband, Sam Mendes. "My husband directed this film, and my best friend in the entire world played my onscreen husband," she says. "This could not have been a more fortuitous set of circumstances for me."
A couple of years ago, Kate set up a meeting for Sam and Leonardo to discuss making Revolutionary Road. "I thought, 'I just need to get [Leo] and Sam together to have a creative conversation,'" she says. "I was going to join Leo for drinks one evening, and I called him to just confirm and I said, 'Actually, you know, I just need to tell you something else. I'm not going to come. Sam's coming in my place and you guys should just talk.' And that's how it happened."
Kate knew Leonardo would make the perfect leading man in Revolutionary Road. "For me, and I think for most of us, he is the leading actor of his generation. I mean, I just think everything he does is flawless," she says. "This is a thing that you don't see as an audience member—the commitment and the hard work."