“Wrecking Ball” singer Miley Cyrus isn’t the only woman involved with actor Liam Hemsworth, at least as far as the big screen in concerned. The “Hunger Games” star had “instant chemistry” when he worked with Oscar winner Kate Winslet on the set of “The Dressmaker, director Jocelyn Moorhouse exclusively told E! News reporter Marc Malkin Tuesday.
“We didn't have much time to rehearse,” Moorhouse said. “He'd come straight off of ‘The Hunger Games.’ We had one read-through the night before and then as soon as I saw him looking at her with those beautiful blue eyes of his and the way she looks back at him, I was thrilled. I knew, yeah, instant chemistry! These two are gorgeous together.”
Winslet, 40, and Hemsworth, 26, are starring in a 1950s-based romantic dramedy, which is slated to debut in theaters at the end of the month. Winslet’s character returns to her home in Australia after making it big as a high fashion dressmaker in London. She is forced to confront her tumultuous past and subsequently falls in love with a local farmer, who is played by Hemsworth.
Even though it might seem like a lot for some, Winslet wasn’t bothered by the 14-year age gap. “I never really thought about the age thing,” the British star told the BBC in November 2015. “I don't let those things bother me.”
Moorhouse liked the idea of an older female love interest since “it’s so often the other way around.” She added to the BBC: “I thought: ‘I'm a woman director — I'm going to turn it around.’ There are plenty of cases when younger men fall in love with older women, especially when they look like Kate.”
One thing Hemsworth found “potentially embarrassing” was the scene where he strips down to his trousers. “But then again, he's quite impressive without his clothes on so he really had nothing to do worry about,” Moorhouse told Malkin Tuesday. “Kate and Judy were having a great time doing as many takes as possible.”
“The Dressmaker” will debut in theaters nationwide Friday, Sept. 23.
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