Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet has revealed how she was tormented over her looks and body image while trying to succeed as an actress.
The 41-year-old confessed she was called ‘blubber’ and told to settle for ‘fat girl’ parts after casting directors claimed her looks would only be a drawback for her.
‘I got bullied at school, they called me “blubber”, they teased me for wanting to act, they locked me in the cupboard, laughed at me,’ the Titanic star said during a speech to young people at WE Day at London’s SSE Wembley Arena.
‘I wasn’t the prettiest, I’ve always had big feet, and I was even told that I might be lucky in my acting if I was happy to settle for the fat girl parts. And they would say, “You’re just not what we’re looking for Kate,” I’d hear that a lot.’
Kate admitted it was difficult not to take the comments to heart and she even contemplated giving up her dreams of an acting career.
‘I didn’t have the perfect body and I would rarely hear anything positive so I began to feel uncomfortable in my own skin,’ she continued.
‘It made it hard, I wanted to give up. “Maybe I should rethink this acting thing,” I said to myself but it was my passion and it made me happy!’
Luckily for Kate, she learned to embrace her flaws, adding: ‘I learned to embrace my flaws, to make no apology for who I am. This is who I am. The real me. Kate from Reading.’
And it’s a good job she did as she soon went on to be cast as Rose in Titanic, one of the most successful films ever made.
Take that, haters.