Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet thought she died after spending seven minutes underwater during filming for “Avatar 2”.
In an interview with Observer Magazine, Winslet who plays Ronal in the James Cameron directed blockbuster, confessed she couldn’t think about anything while being submerged in the tank.
She stated that it was wonderful being underwater for a long period, even though she knew how dangerous it could be after learning to free dive, specifically for her role in the movie, adding: ‘You can’t think about anything, you can’t make lists in your head, you are just looking at the bubbles underneath you… My first words [when I resurfaced] were, ”Am I dead?” Yes, I thought I’d died.’
The Oscar-winning actress added that she learned free diving for the role with the help of her husband Ned Rocknroll, though he struggled with spending as much time under the water.
Winslet beat Tom Cruise’s record for underwater filming after he spent six minutes submerged for Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.
In June 2020, Cameron and his crew returned to New Zealand to resume production after it had been halted in March due to the coronavirus pandemic and were allowed back on economic grounds.
The highly-anticipated sequel to the 2009 epic science fiction movie “Avatar” has been in the works for a decade.
Cameron is working on “Avatar 2” and “Avatar 3” simultaneously with the first of the sequels scheduled to premiere in December 2022.