Kate Winslet Learned "How To Be a Paleontologist" For Her Role in 'Ammonite'
Mary Anning was just 12 years old in 1811 when she unearthed the skeleton of an ichthyosaur, a marine reptile that lived some 200 million years ago – and yet, most people have never heard of this self-taught, British paleontologist. With her new film Ammonite, Kate Winslet hopes to change that.
Kate - who plays Mary Anning in the movie - shared: "I had to learn how to be a paleontologist on the beaches of the Jurassic coast on the south coast of England.
"I had no idea how to do any of those things, and sometimes the job does require us to learn how to do something new, something incredibly cool."
Kate recently broke a film-making record while shooting 'Avatar 2', when she managed to hold her breath for seven minutes.
As a result, she shattered the record previously set by Tom Cruise for an underwater scene in 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation'.
She told 'Entertainment Tonight': "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?' And I'm going, 'What? Hang on, wait a minute. How do you know that?'"
Kate loved shooting the scene, but she doubts she'd be able to repeat the feat of holding her breath for so long.
She said: "It was brilliant and I was very proud of myself and I'll probably never be able to do it again.
"That came at the end of four weeks worth of quite intense training and it was in the dive tank, it was in the training tank. But I loved it."