Kate Winslet takes on Versailles gardens in new film role

LONDON (Reuters) – Oscar winner Kate Winslet returns to the big screen as a landscape designer tasked with constructing the grand gardens of Versailles, but the British actress says she is not so green-fingered when it comes to her own backyard.

The 39-year old star of “Titanic” plays Sabine De Barra in romantic period drama “A Little Chaos”, who is commissioned to create the Rockwork Grove in the gardens of the French palace under King Louis XIV.

The film stars Alan Rickman as the king, Stanley Tucci as his brother Philippe, Duc d’Orleans and Mathias Schoenaerts as landscape artist Andre Le Notre.

Winslet can be seen weeding and chopping down plants in the film but says the experience does not mirror real life.

“I’m not a gardener. I wish I was,” Winslet told reporters at the London premiere of the film on Monday night.

“Every year I say ‘Right, this year we’re going to do raised beds, this year we’re going to grow carrots, this year we’re going to do tomatoes,’ and somehow life gets in the way and we never get around to it.”

Winslet reunites in the film with her “Sense and Sensibility” co-star Rickman, who also directed the fictional and loosely historical “A Little Chaos”.

“Working with Alan again after 20 years … was really a fantastic experience,” said the actress, who was dressed in a midnight blue dress.

Asked how they had both changed since then, she said: “Well I think we’re probably both fatter and we’re definitely older but that’s the way it goes.”

“A Little Chaos” is due for release on April 17 in Britain and at the end of June in the United States.

(Reporting By Rollo Ross; Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Gareth Jones)

Kate Winslet takes on Versailles gardens in new film role