Kate Winslet may have nailed filming underwater for Avatar 2, but she says staying submerged for more than seven minutes left her feeling like she had died.
The actress, 45, is set to star in the long-awaited sequel of James Cameron’s Avatar and she plays the role of water character Ronal, which required her to learn to free dive.
Trying to describe what it’s like, Kate said it feels ‘just wonderful’, but did confess that when she resurfaced, she was convinced she had died.
‘God, it’s just wonderful. Your mind completely drifts off. You can’t think about anything, you can’t make lists in your head, you’re just looking at the bubbles underneath you,’ she told Observer magazine.
‘My first words [when I resurfaced] were, “Am I dead?” Yes, I thought I died.’
Kate explained that her husband Ned Rocknroll – real name Edward Abel Smith – had trained with her underwater, but things didn’t always go to plan.
She added: ‘You have to have someone there – Ned trained with me and he got quite good at the breath holding as well, but he did… black out.’
In November, Kate was seen reacting to her record-breaking feat, after it was revealed her longest breath hold beat Cruise’s record by over a minute.
Hollywood actor Cruise had held his breath for six minutes while filming 2015 release Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Kate said she had no idea people knew her time, but was ‘very proud’ of herself.
She said: ‘It’s so funny because I don’t really read reviews or media things. I’m not on Instagram, like I’m just completely disconnected from that part of my life. So all of this week and the week before, I’ve had people coming up to me at work saying, “Oh my God, like seven minutes and 14 seconds? Like, what?!”
‘I’m going, “What? Hang on, wait a minute. How do you know that?” It was brilliant and I was very proud of myself and I’ll probably never be able to do it again.’
Last year, Avatar director Cameron revealed that filming had wrapped on the second movie and most of the third film too.
He confirmed that while Avatar 2 was subject to delays due to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s set for release next year.
‘Covid hit us like it hit everybody… We lost about four and a half months of production. As a result of that, we’ve rolled around one more full year for a release in December of 2022,’ Cameron said in December at the virtual 2020 Austrian World Summit environmental conference.
‘Now that doesn’t mean I have an extra year to finish the film, because the day we deliver Avatar 2 we’ll just start working on finishing Avatar 3.’
Avatar 2 is set for release in December 2022.
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