Power Point: To become a star, avoid acting like one

February 24, 2009, 5:21 AM UTC
Fortune

“I can cope with any workload. I can deal with lack of sleep. I can multitask like you’ve no idea.”

— Actress Kate Winslet in this week’s Time cover story. The 33-year-old star of The Reader copped the Best Actress Oscar last night. The win was Winslet’s first but she’s been nominated six times, which at 33, makes her the youngest actor to reach that milestone. Sam Mendes, Winslet’s husband who directed her in Revolutionary Road, explains why she avoids becoming a diva: “If you call yourself a movie star, the next movie you’re in will probably prove that you’re not.” With her no-nonsense work ethic, Winslet might have been a great entrepreneur or executive, but I hope she sticks with acting. She has a few more roles to play to catch up with Meryl Streep, who with this year’s Best Actress nod for Doubt, has a record 15 acting nominations. –Jessica Shambora