Kate Winslet has always gone her own way. Now, with two new movies, a new husband, and a new baby due, the brilliant British actress tells Vicki Woods that her life has never been better.

Vogue's cover shoot is wrapped, and the voluptuous, golden-haired odalisque who just finished up a steamy London weekend (long days with nice food but no AC) smoldering for these pictures has disappeared. In her place is a feisty little madam in a maternity dress and flip-flops, who is in a ding-dong spat with the photographer. When she flounces away, he hollers at her disappearing back, so she spins around and yells at him in a London-street voice: "Actually, Mario, do you even know how to take a fackin' photograph?" Then she picks up a hand mirror, sits down, and starts pulling out her own eyelashes. And Testino laughs and laughs. Everybody laughs. Because Kate Winslet, who was honored last year as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth ("for services rendered to drama"), is, as they say in her native England, pretty full-on. This is a euphemism. Winslet sprinkles her speech with many occurrences of the salty expletive I misspelled above. We won't print any more, but my transcript throbs with them.

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Photo Credit: Mario Testino/Vogue