Kate Winslet Opens Up About Criticism Of Her Body After Titanic And Personal Regret
When “Titanic” set sail into theaters in 1997, it not only broke box office records but also became a cultural phenomenon, marking the first movie to cross the remarkable $1 billion mark. For over a decade, it held the coveted title of the highest-grossing film until James Cameron's visionary masterpiece, "Avatar," claimed the throne in 2010.
After the glittering success of the film, Kate Winslet, portrayed Rose, became one of the most in-demand actors. However, at that time, she received a lot of criticism of her body, which brought her down. Reflecting on it for years, she does harbor one regret regarding how she handled the situation.
She wishes she didn't face mistreatment from tabloids at the start of her career.
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The Academy Award winner recently shared on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, ahead of the film's twenty-fifth anniversary, about her role in the 1997 James Cameron blockbuster, Titanic. She discussed the "terrible" body criticism she faced from the public and media.
“They would comment on my size, they’d estimate what I weighed, they’d print the supposed diet I was on,” Winslet recalled. “It was critical and horrible and so upsetting to read.”
She faced a lot of negativity from both the public and the media.
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“Apparently, I was considered too fat,” Winslet told host Josh Horowitz, revealing some hurtful arguments about why Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) couldn't fit on the door before his death. “Isn't it awful? Why were they so mean to me? They were so mean,” she expressed.
As time went on, she started regretting not responding more effectively.
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Looking back on the moments when she faced severe criticism for her body, Winslet expressed that if she could go back in time, she would have used her voice in a completely different way.
“I would have said to journalists, I would have responded, I would have said, ’Don’t you dare treat me like this. I’m a young woman, my body is changing, I’m figuring it out, I’m deeply insecure, I’m terrified, don’t make this any harder than it already is.’”
Now, she encourages everyone to embrace and celebrate their bodies.
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Despite both Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio being under intense press coverage, she was the sole target of offensive remarks. Winslet continues to champion body acceptance and has praised her daughter, Mia Threapleton, and Generation Z for reshaping the conversation around weight. It looks like her mom's teachings made a positive impact!
Emphasizing their strong bond, DiCaprio's comment on Winslet's appearance in "Titanic" left a lasting impression. The actor’s appreciation for Winslet's natural body shape inspired her to become an outspoken advocate for body positivity. Their genuine affection and mutual support have turned them into a symbol of enduring Hollywood friendships.
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