Kate Winslet Says SNL Was a 'Hotbed of Anxiety' Week After Ashlee Simpson's 2004 Lip-Sync Gaffe
Kate Winslet looks back on her time on Saturday Night Live, immediately after Ashlee Simpson's lip-synching Snafu in 2004.
In an exclusive PEOPLE clip from the Hamptons International Film Festival's A Conversation with ... series, the actress recalled the concerns on the set of the long-running comedy sketch show at the time.
"When I did SNL, I was the week after Ashlee Simpson. I was the next show after that," Winslet recalled. "Let me tell you, this studio was just a breeding ground for fear."
The Oscar winner continued, "There's the opening monologue thing and they kept saying to me, 'Kate, we're so sorry, we just don't have it yet, give us a moment.'"
There was no opening monologue as Winslet grew more concerned.
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"It's going to be Friday when we have the dress rehearsal, no opening monologue. I literally shit myself. [I said] 'Guys, please just make something up, let me make something up, just tell me what I'm' doing '," she said .
“They say, 'Do you know how to tap?'” Winslet said, explaining that in three hours before the dress rehearsal, she learned a tap dancing and singing routine.
"And then we'll record the show live," she said with a laugh.
In 2004, Simpson was an actress on SNL and was about to end the night with her song "Autobiography" when her song "Pieces of Me" started playing instead before raising the microphone to her mouth.
RELATED: Ashlee Simpson felt like the world "hated" her after her 2004 SNL Lip-Sync Snafu: "That Sucked"
A backlash soon ensued, with fans criticizing the singer for using pre-recorded vocals in a live performance. She then revealed that she had completely lost her voice due to an acid reflux flare-up, which only resulted in online trolls teasing more.
Winslet's upcoming film Ammonite will premiere as a drive-in screening at the Hamptons International Film Festival, Thursday through October 14th. Other A-list stars participating in this year's series include former The Walking Dead star Steven Yeun and Leslie Odom Jr.
The talks will be available on Friday. Virtual tickets are available to the public on the Hamptons Film Festival website.
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