“She was a superstar for a little bit, but then her life got crazy,” she said of Lynskey’s friendship with Winslet. “After ‘Titanic’ her life got crazy because she became a superstar.”
Not only has Melanie Lynskey been open about her feelings during her friendship with Kate Winslet, but she has also not been shy about discussing how the friendship ended. After working on “Heavenly Creatures” together, Lynskey stayed in New Zealand while Winslet’s career took off including her role in 1995’s “Sense and Sensibility,” but the two managed to stay close initially. “Then around the time of ‘Titanic’ her life got crazy because she became a superstar,” the “Togetherness” actor told Time in 2012, while mentioning that the pair “lost touch” after the film’s release in 1997. The fracturing of that friendship was as intense as the forming of the initial bond. “When I lost touch with Kate, it was more heartbreaking than some breakups that I’ve had,” Lynskey said on the “Happy Sad Confused” podcast in April, according to Us Weekly.
More than a decade after growing apart, the two reconnected in 2009 when Lynskey worked on “Away We Go,” which was directed by Winslet’s then-husband, Sam Mendes. “We went through such an intense experience together [making ‘Heavenly Creatures’] and it was like we still knew each other,” the “Yellowjackets” actor told Page Six at the time.
It’s unsurprising that the former friends were able to seamlessly reconnect. “And I would never want to forget anything that I’ve experienced,” the “Revolutionary Road” star told Good Housekeeping in 2007 while speaking about past relationships. While fame came relatively quickly for Winslet, Lynskey’s career initially struggled to take off.