Bear Blaze Winslet is not your typical name, but then again 38-year-old Kate Winslet is not your typical mother. The world-famous movie star, who recently was honored with her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, spoke about the efforts involved in choosing the memorable, and rather unique name for the most recent addition to her family.
Winslet was inspired to name her baby after a dear friend. “He [my friend] was very much a bear, he was everybody’s shoulder to cry on, he was a big bear hug. He was just this great figure in my life,” Winslet explained during an interview on The Ellen Show.
The actress went on to speak about the family collaboration involved during the process of deciding upon the perfect name. “When I was pregnant with Mia and I was pregnant with Joe, I didn’t name them before they came out because I always felt like I just have to see them and see who they’re going to be, but of course this time around, there’s Mia and Joe and the whole pregnancy’s about what are we going to call the baby. They were very much included, and we settled on Bear quite early on.” Winslet said before adding, “Bear’s second name is Blaze because my husband and I met in a house fire [while vacationing at Richard Branson’s Caribbean home] basically. The house burnt down and we survived, but we wanted something of the fire, and so Blaze was the name that we came up with.”
Winslet spoke about the struggles involved in balancing motherhood while managing a successful movie career. “When Bear, my son, was 6 weeks old, they said, ‘We need you. We have a few days of reshoots to do.’ And I said, ‘Are you high?!’ Like, how am I going to do this? But somehow you do. You just make it work,” she said.
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