Kate Winslet has revealed that her self-confidence took a hit when her weight was scrutinized when she was 20 years old and new to the acting world.
The movie star, 45, explained that a series of cruel comments ‘altered her impression of beauty’ and she lamented the fact that she was dubbed ‘outspoken’ when she tried to defend himself.
When Kate appeared on Titanic in 1997 alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, comedian Joan Rivers joked, ‘If she had just lost 5 pounds, Leo could have gotten on the raft.
Retrospective: Kate Winslet revealed her self-confidence took a hit when her weight was taken under a magnifying glass when she was 20 years old and just starting out in the world of theater (pictured in 2018)
Speaking to The Guardian, Kate recalled: ‘In my twenties people were talking a lot about my weight. And I would be called upon to comment on my physical self. Well I had this etiquette of being chatty and frank. No, I was just defending myself.
When asked if the remarks about her weight had an impact, Kate revealed: ‘It damaged my confidence. I didn’t want to go to Hollywood because I remember thinking, “God, if that’s what they tell me in England, what will happen when I get there?”
“Plus, it alters your evolving sense of what’s beautiful, you know? I felt very lonely. For the simple reason that nothing can really prepare you for… this.
Kate recalls: ‘In my twenties people talked a lot about my weight … it damaged my confidence’ (pictured, 23, 1998)
Kate also opened up about her role in Ammonite, self-taught real-life geologist Mary Anning and her romance with budding scientist colleague Charlotte Murchison, played by Saoirse Ronan.
The actress said that working on the film made her realize how much the film has “ forever objectified women ” and that there was a great sense of “ equality ” in the project.
Her co-star Saoirse had previously explained why she wasn’t nervous about getting closer to Kate in the romantic drama set in 1840s England.
Jibes: When Kate appeared on Titanic in 1997, comedian Joan Rivers joked, ‘If she had just lost 5 pounds, Leo could have gotten on the raft’
She told the Sunday Telegraph: ‘I wasn’t nervous, no. I never really feel nervous doing sex scenes because I’ve always worked with people I trust, which is huge, and I know not everyone can say that.
The five-time Oscar nominee added that having director Francis Lee let the couple roam freely with the “ choreography ” of the scenes helped them both feel comfortable.
“ It was great to have that authority over those intimate scenes, which can often make you feel incredibly vulnerable, but instead we felt empowered by it, ” Saoirse said.
“We really felt like we were steering the ship. There was a plan in place for us that we created for ourselves, so there were no surprises and nothing unexpected.
Project: The actress said working on Ammonite with Saoirse Ronan made her realize how the film has ‘forever objectified women’ and that there was a great sense of ‘equality’ in the project
Elsewhere in her interview, Kate admitted that she now regrets working with directors Woody Allen on Wonder Wheel in 2017 and Roman Polanski in Carnage, released in 2011, following allegations of sexual assault against him. them.
She said: ‘I shouldn’t have worked with Woody or Roman [Polanski], and I will probably always grapple with these regrets. It’s just amazing to me now that these men have been held in such high regard in this industry, and for so long.
However, Kate added that “ would challenge anyone ” in the film industry to deny that parts of their films were in high demand, which has only recently changed.
Polanski fled the United States in 1978 after being charged with the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl and never returned.
Several other women accused him in recent years of sexual misconduct, which he denied.
Despite the allegations, Polanski won an Oscar in 2003 for directing WWII drama The Pianist as well as a Best Director award at France’s Cesar Awards last February, prompting several women to come out in sign. of protest.
“ What the fuck was I doing? : Kate admitted she ‘regretted’ working with directors Woody Allen and Roman Polanski (pictured in Allen’s Wonder Wheel)
Scandal: Polanski fled the United States in 1978 after being charged with statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl, and never returned, he was also accused of sexual misconduct by several women
Meanwhile, in 1992, it emerged that Allen, then 57, was having an affair with the adopted daughter of his partner Mia Farrow, Soon-Yi Previn, then 21.
After the scandal erupted, Farrow and Allen had an acrimonious and public breakup, during which she accused the revered manager of sexually assaulting their adopted daughter, Dylan, seven.
Allen was investigated but never charged and he has since vehemently maintained his innocence.
The allegations have come to the public again with the #MeToo movement as Allen’s son, journalist Ronan Farrow, backs allegations of abuse from his sister Dylan and mother Mia.
Sexual Assault Allegation: Meanwhile, in 1992, Allen’s ex-partner Mia Farrow accused the revered manager of sexually assaulting their adopted daughter, Dylan, seven.