Kate Winslet: When Facing Disaster, Just Go Braless


You probably heard that Kate Winslet managed to save her two children and Richard Branson’s 90-year-old grandmother when a fire broke out on Branson’s Caribbean island this summer. However, initial reports failed to note that sometimes heroes must overcome bouts of underwear indecision. On The Graham Norton Show, Winslet said:

“It was genuinely very scary, it really was. I mean, we did wake up at 4:30 in the morning to hear the sounds of some of Richard’s nephews voices yelling that there was a fire. And I jumped up and ran immediately towards the fire, because clearly I thought I could put it out … My children were standing at their bedroom door, and I said, ‘It’s a fire, it’s fine. Go back inside just for two minutes and just close the door … Then I’m thinking, ‘Now what do I do?’ Ran into the bedroom, and put on a bra. In disastrous moments like that, you do the strangest things. So I started to put on a bra, and then thought that’s gonna take me too long, off came the bra, on with the T-shirt, grabbed the bag, grabbed the children and picked up granny.”

Winslet also downplayed the “hero” angle, saying she just carried Eve Branson down some slippery stairs. However, if it wasn’t for her quick thinking (and realization that proper breast support isn’t necessary in an emergency) the tale might have had an unhappy ending.

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