Kate Winslet was just 21 when her role in “Titanic” catapulted her to international stardom, & she recently opened up about feeling “bullied” & “criticized” by the press after the movie came out.

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Becoming famous “was lượt thích night & day from one day khổng lồ the next,” the actor, now 45, said on a recent episode of Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast. “I was subjected lớn quite a lot of personal physical scrutiny, and I was criticized quite a lot. The British press were actually quite unkind to lớn me."

Winslet earned an Osoto nomination for best actress in "Titanic."Courtesy Everett Collection

“I felt quite bullied if I’m honest,” she continued. “I remember just thinking, ‘OK, well, this is horrible và I hope it passes.’ It did definitely pass but it also made me realize that, if that’s what being famous was, I was not ready to lớn be famous, thank you. No, definitely not.”

She also said she went inlớn “self-protective mode” after the film came out as she dealt with invasive press attention, recalling “cars & cars full of British tabloid photographers who were photographing me going và buying a pint of milk & a newspaper.”

Winslet had appeared in movies before "Titanic," but she reached instant mega-stardom after her role in the 1997 blockbuster. Ian Gavan / Getty Images

After “Titanic” came out, Winslet said she focused on appearing in smaller indie films instead of jumping right inlớn another mainstream blockbuster.

“I was still learning how khổng lồ act. I’d only been doing it since I was 17, & so I still felt lượt thích I wasn’t really ready to bởi vì lots of big Hollywood jobs,” she said. “I didn’t want to make mistakes, I didn’t want to lớn blow it. I wanted to lớn be in it for the long game. So I did strategically try and find smaller things, just so I could underst& the craft a bit better and also understvà myself a bit better & maintain some degree of privacy và dignity.”


Winslet has opened up before about dealing with physical scrutiny as an actor, including pressure to lớn look a certain way.

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“When I was younger, when I was 14, I was told by a drama teacher that I might vị OK if I was happy to settle for the fat girl parts,” Winslet said as she accepted a BAFTA award in năm 2016, reported The Guardian. “So what I always feel in these moments is that any young woman who has ever been put down by a teacher, by a frikết thúc, by even a parent, just don’t listen to lớn any of it, because that’s what I did — I kept on going & I overcame my fears and got over my insecurities.”

She has also spoken about her “no-retouching” policy when it comes to lớn her photos in ad campaigns & movie posters, và says she has always worked lớn instill toàn thân confidence in her 20-year-old daughter, Mia.

“I stand in front of the mirror và say lớn Mia, "We are so lucky that we"ve got a shape. We"re so lucky we"re curvy. We"re so lucky that we"ve sầu got good bums,’” Winslet said in 2015. “And she"ll say, "Mummy, I know, thank God." It"s working, that thing that I"ve sầu been doing. It"s paying off."

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