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Kate Winslet Scheduled Her Sex Scene With Co-Star Saoirse Ronan On Ronan’s Birthday To Make It Extra Special

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Back in April, while filming their 2020 film, Ammonite, together, Kate Winslet gave co-star Saoirse Ronan a birthday to remember.

The story of Ammonite follows an emotionally-guarded Winslet in her paleontological pursuits, inspired loosely by the life of famous paleontologist Mary Anning. At first, Anning spent her time searching for, recovering, and selling fossils to tourists along the coastline.

But when a man approached her, offering a job as a caretaker to his wife, Charlotte Murchison, Anning’s life suddenly shifted in a romantic direction. So romantic, in fact, the two Oscar-attracting actresses found themselves preparing for a scene revolving around Anning and Murchison’s first sexual encounter.

Winslet and Ronan agreed to not practice their encounter in-advance, nor to discuss choreography ahead of time. Instead, when the time for the scene came, only female staff were allowed on-set, and the two actresses navigated the scene as they felt their characters intended, in-the-moment.

To make the experience even more special, Winslet requested to film the scene on Ronan’s birthday.

Winslet explained of the request: 

“I just wanted her to have, frankly, a great memory in her film life, regardless of how the scene played out or the movie turned out.”

“I knew that it would be great just because of the experience that we would share together. I knew that it would be very equal.”

Winslet seemed to be right, based on her comments after-the-fact: 

“I just could feel that Saoirse and I had the same ideas in terms of what we wanted to express in the scene. We were on the same page in terms of that.”

Ronan agreed, stating the two actresses got along extremely well. 

“I think a big part of that is because she’s very personable, friendly, and open. We were really lucky. Two women getting to come together, especially in the intimate scenes, being able to choreography that ourselves was a new experience for me. It was great to be able to do that with Kate.”

With their love scene teased in the latest trailer, fans of Ronan and Winslet are clearly here for it. 

And some fans who were lucky enough to see it in advance have confirmed it’s worth the wait. 


Early airings of Ammonite couldn’t agree more with these fans’ enthusiasm.

The film received positive reviews at the Toronto Film Festival, and it is currently scheduled to premiere on November 13, 2020, either in theaters or via stream.

McKenzie Lynn Tozan

Written by McKenzie Lynn Tozan

McKenzie Lynn Tozan lives in North Chicago, where she works as a poet, freelance writer, and editor. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University, and her BA in English from Indiana University South Bend. Her poems have appeared in Rogue Agent, Whale Road Review, the James Franco Review, Thank You for Swallowing, and elsewhere; and her essays and book reviews have appeared with Memoir Mixtapes, The Rumpus, BookPage, and Motherly, among others. When she's not reading and writing, she's in her garden or spending time with her family. For more, visit