Kate Winslet Reflected On The Constant Public Scrutiny Of Her Body After “Titanic” Was Released

“I got this label of being ballsy and outspoken. No, I was just defending myself.”

In an interview with the Guardian on Sunday, the now 45-year-old reflected on the media attention she received following her breakout role in Titanic, which shot her to stardom aged just 22.



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The interviewer recalls a “joke” from late comedian Joan Rivers, who suggested after Winslet was nominated for an Academy Award for the role that her weight was the reason the ship had sunk.

“In my twenties, people would talk about my weight a lot,” Winslet acknowledged.

“I would be called to comment on my physical self,” she went on. “Then I got this label of being ballsy and outspoken. No, I was just defending myself.”

In an interview on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast last month, Winslet opened up further about the scrutiny she faced in the media, admitting that she felt “bullied.”


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“[After Titanic came out], I went into self-protective mode right away,” Winslet said on the podcast. “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 were 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.”

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