'There are two things I've never been offered: one is cocaine, the other is a body double', she tells Louise Gannon, explaining that for her latest role in Oscar tipped, The Reader, she used little more than body make-up, good lighting and a fitness DVD to help her look her best, naked on screen.
Keeping it real was a philosophy she maintained for the other hotly anticipated and already award nominated film she stars in this month, Revolutionary Road. Her husband Sam Mendes directed the tale of a marriage falling apart, while she co-stars alongside her best friend Leonardo Di Caprio.' What I love about Revolutionary Road is that, up close you see all the scars, wrinkles and lines on my face and on Leo's.' I was nudging Leo saying, 'Look, our faces move!'
'I am pretty average' demurs the star who is considered anything but by men and women alike. ' I have cellulite, I don't go to the gym because I don't have time but I do Pilates work out DVDs for 20 minutes or more everyday at home.'
If that's all it takes to look as good as mother of two Kate, who admits she once weighed 13-stone, we're going to stock up on Pilates DVDs now.
Read the full interview, including what Kate thinks of her co-star Leo Di Caprio, how she got red carpet ready for the upcoming awards season and her weekly date nights, all in this month's ELLE on sale today.More