The Divergent actress was just one of millions who experienced the 4.4 magnitude earthquake in California. Winslet opened up about the experience—and her cool as a cucumber reaction to it—during Tuesday's episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
"I've never been in an earthquake. No, never. And so it's 6:20 something or other and I'm sitting in the hotel here in L.A. and I'm pumping because I have a 14-week-old baby [Bear Blaze]. I'm here for 48 hours I couldn't bring him. It's too far—it's a 12-hour plane ride. And so I'm pumping, starting at my beautiful picture of my beautiful baby boy and my husband's on the other line and the room starts to shake," the movie star recalled. "So, I said, 'I've got to go. I got to call you back.'"
The Academy Award winner hung up and ran into the doorframe with her friend, who did her best to comfort Winslet. "I just carried on pumping through the whole entire thing," the actress said, laughing.
"You know us girls! We just do it, don't we?" Winslet continued. "When you do it, you just do it!"
Winslet hadn't been on host Ellen DeGeneres' daytime talk show in four years. During that time, she married Ned Rocknroll and welcomed a baby boy. "A lot's happened!" the actress admitted.
Why did the couple choose such an unusual name for their son? "When I was pregnant with Mia and when I was pregnant with Joe [from previous relationships], 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 is about 'what are we gonna call the baby?' So it was really lovely, actually. They were very much included and we settled on Bear quite early on."
"A friend of mine when I was younger was nicknamed Bear and I just had always really loved it. And he was very much a bear. He was everyone's shoulder to cry on. He was a big bear hug, he was a great figure in my life, and I just had always remembered him and so that's where it came from. And then Bear's second name is Blaze because my husband and I met in a house fire basically. Well, we did!"
Referring to the Necker Island incident in 2011, she explained, "The house burned down and we survived. But we wanted something of the fire and so Blaze was the name that we came up with."
Winslet's husband was born Abel Smith, but changed his name to Ned Rocknroll several years ago. "People who know Ned, they know he's very much about irony and living life and having fun so he changed it to Rocknroll," she told DeGeneres. "He did do it before he met me."
"Would you have objected to that [happening after he met you]?" the comedienne asked.
"No," Winslet replied, before adding, "I have to say that, don't I?"
Bear didn't inherit his father's new surname. "Why not?" DeGeneres asked the Labor Day star. Winslet smiled and replied, "Why do you think, Ellen?"