Why Kate Winslet felt ‘terrible’ after filming ‘Titanic’ with Leonardo DiCaprio

It really sank his spirits.

Kate Winslet has revealed that her rise to stardom following the immediate success of James Cameron’s 1997 film “Titanic” left her feeling “terrified”.

“I felt like I had to look a certain way or be a certain thing, and because media intrusion was so significant at the time, my life was very unpleasant,” Winslet, 48, told Porter magazine for their cover story.

“Journalists always say, ‘After Titanic,’ you could have done anything and yet you chose to do these little things,” Winslet continued. “And I was like, ‘Yeah, you bet your kin’ life I did! Because, guess what, being famous was horrible.’”

“I was grateful, of course,” the star added. “I was in my early twenties, and I could get a flat. But I didn’t want to literally follow the ducks to feed them.

Despite hating the fame that came with starring in the 11-time Oscar winner alongside current best friend Leonardo DiCaprio, Winslet revealed that her current level of notoriety is “not a burden.”

“[‘Titanic‘] The Academy Award-winning actress continued. “The only time I’m like, ‘Oh my God, hide,’ is if we’re on a boat somewhere.”

This isn’t the first time that the “Divergent” star has opened up about her dislike of all the attention she’s getting after the film’s success.

In 2021, she appeared on an episode of the podcast “WTF with Marc Maron” where she revealed that she “immediately went into self-protective mode” after claiming she felt “bullied” by several UK tabloids.

“It was like night and day from one day to the next,” she recalled. “Also, I was subject to a lot of personal physical scrutiny, and a lot of criticism – the British press was really very unkind to me.”

“I felt very bullied if I’m being honest,” the “Holiday” star continued. “I remember just thinking, ‘OK, well, this is awful and I hope it passes.’ And it definitely passed but it also made me realize that if being famous was what it was, I wasn’t ready to be famous, thank you. No, definitely not.”

Recently, Winslet noted that the initial onslaught of ridicule from the press made her less concerned with beauty standards.

She told Vogue in 2023, “I think it probably came from being subjected to the most horrific scrutiny and judgment, and, actually, I would go so far as to say bullying from the mainstream media when I was in my 20s.”

“I know better than to waste precious energy criticizing my physical self,” she told the outlet. “I think any woman is better off just saying: I believe in myself. It doesn’t matter what other people think; This is me – let’s get on with it.”

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