Kate Winslet reveals she has been body-shamed because of her weight

The Oscar-winning actress said that when young, criticism focused on her weight diminishing her confidence early in her career

By Ingrid Mateos


Kate Winslet - Matt Sayles (AP)

The multi-awarded actress Kate Winslet is right now, one of the most famous and admired actresses in Hollywood. But Leonardo Dicaprio's best friend has not had an easy path in her career life. The "Titanic" star has spoken recently about how throughout her youthful years, the media put her under scrutiny, bullying, and body-shaming her because of her weight.

"In my 20s, people would talk about my weight a lot," the 45-year-old says. "And I would be called to comment on my physical self. Well, then I got this label of being ballsy and outspoken. No, I was just defending myself.” Joan Rivers went a little too far commenting about Winslet back in the Titanic days in a very disrespectful way "If she just lost 5lb, Leo would've been able to fit on the raft."

Winslet also commented that recently, she has been reviewing tabloids where she has been mentioned and found out how cruel and mean they have been to her. "And it was almost laughable how shocking, how critical, how straight-up cruel tabloid journalists were to me," Winslet replies. "I was still figuring out who the hell I bloody well was! They would comment on my size, they’d estimate what I weighed, they’d print the supposed diet I was on.

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This was from the time where she was beginning her career, and Titanic was recently out of the oven making everyone sob in cinemas. She also explained why she did not want to go to Hollywood. "I didn’t want to go to Hollywood," Winslet explained. "Because I remember thinking, 'God, if this is what they're saying to me in England, then what will happen when I get there?'"

She continued: "It tampers with your evolving impression of what's beautiful, you know? I did feel very on my own. For the simple reason that nothing can really prepare you for… that." She continues revealing the scrutiny she was under and how the British tabloids were not tired of speaking of her weight and shape.  "It was like night and day from one day to the next. I was subject to a lot of personal physical scrutiny, I was criticized a lot, and the British press was quite unkind to me."

"I remember thinking, This is horrible, and I hope it passes," she went on. "It did definitely pass, but it made me realize that, if that's what being famous was, I was not ready to be famous."


Thank heavens his voice was not heard, the actress moved on from Titanic and has worked on several films since then, spanning her filmography for more than twenty years. The Reader, Little Children, Iris, Sense and Sensibility, The Holliday, and the Divergent Saga are just only a few of her films. And talking about her filmography, we do not forget she has been in films directed by Woody Allen and Roman Polansky. Films she has not forgotten either, going as far as regretting being part of them.

 “It’s like, what the f*** was I doing working with Woody Allen and Roman Polanski?... It’s f****** disgraceful, I realized it was sitting very badly with me, I shouldn’t have worked with Woody, or Roman [Polanski], and I’ll probably always grapple with those regrets. It’s just unbelievable to me now that those men have been held in such high regard in this industry, and for such a long time. I defy anyone in the acting community to deny that parts in their movies were heavily coveted. And that’s only just changed."

At the end, she declares that things have changed for the young people in Hollywood and that she is glad it is currently changing for good.

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