Kate Winslet played a role in a recent disaster that some people have called heroic, but the Oscar-winning actress is downplaying her role, US Weekly reports.
Winslet was caught up in a fire in August at Sir Richard Branson’s home on Necker Island, the story notes. In the tense moments that followed, she helped Branson’s 90-year-old mother, Eve, escape to safety.
But that wasn’t her first thought, according to Winslet. "We woke up at 4:30 in the morning to yelling that there was a fire," inslet says on the Oct. 29 edition of "The Graham Norton Show.” "I jumped up and ran immediately towards the fire but then realized we might die … then thought ‘Now what do I do?’ so I ran into the bedroom and put on a bra!"
The story reports that Winslet then changed her mind: "In disastrous moments like that, you do the strangest things. I started to put on a bra and thought, ‘No, that’s going to take me too long,’ so off came the bra, on came the T-shirt, then I grabbed the children and I picked up granny," Winslet says.
Winslet denies she saved “Granny’s” life, although she admits she “carried her down the stairs.” Says Winslet: "I have to say Eve Branson is an extraordinary stoic, powerful lady and she could have totally made it out on her own. I just helped that tiny little bit."
The US story adds that Winslet is now dating Richard Branson’s nephew, Ned Rocknroll.