But Winslet has opened up about the downside of becoming famous overnight, revealing that she faced intense public scrutiny that she felt ill equipped to handle.
“I was subject to quite a lot of personal physical scrutiny and criticised quite a lot,” the actress said on an episode of the WTF with Marc Maron podcast, adding that she went into “self-protective mode right away” after becoming famous overnight.
“The British press were actually quite unkind to me,” she revealed, saying she “felt quite bullied, if I’m being honest.
At the time she was labelled “Curvy Kate” by tabloids.
“I remember just thinking, ‘OK, well, this is horrible, and I hope it passes,'” she said. “And it did definitely pass but it also made me realise that if that’s what being famous was, I was not ready to be famous, thank you. No, definitely not.”
Winslet was only 22 years old when she starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio as Rose in Titanic. She notes that she had only started acting five years prior, so was very new to the whole scene.
After Titanic, she sought out roles in smaller projects until she felt more comfortable.
“It was a huge responsibility. I didn’t want to make mistakes, I didn’t want to blow it — I wanted to be in it for the long game,” Winslet explained. “So I did strategically try and find smaller things, just so I could understand the craft a bit better and understand myself a bit better and maintain some degree of privacy and dignity.”
Winslet is starring in the new film Ammonite opposite Saorise Ronan, playing acclaimed paleontologist Mary Anning.
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