In the course of a roundtable discussion, she discussed the enormous pressure she felt to fit into an unrealistic image of herself before she finally decided to break free and walked away from her career and Hollywood’s sexist expectations.
Winslet shared that when she starred in “Titanic,” she never anticipated the fame that would result from it and was caught off-guard by the sudden media obsession and hoard of paparazzi following the film’s release.
“It was really scary. I went from being able to walk out the door of my two-bedroom flat in north London, go across the road and buy some bread and a newspaper, to not being able to do that the next day. And I never signed up for ‘no, you can’t have the normal life that you’ve wanted so bad.’ And it was hard.”
She also spoke about how her previous roles in movies weren’t as genuine, as they portrayed a sexist ideal of what women should be like, which was wrong on all levels.
Staying True To Character
According to the “Revolutionary Road” star, most directors would control shots based on her best angle, rather than what made the most creative sense.
Nevertheless, Winslet revealed that she rose to the challenge by only playing characters that do not fit in Hollywood’s sexist image of what a woman should be.
The 45-year-old actress shared that she wants to stay true to who she is becoming to inspire other women, that it’s okay not to feel inadequate and to be themselves and not the perfect Hollywood version of what a woman should be.
Breaking The Mold
In a roundtable discussion with “LA Times,” Winslet shared that the sudden fame following the success of “Titanic” had her feeling as though she did not belong in the spotlight.
She went on to talk about her insecurities and explained that she was scared of Hollywood because she saw it as a place where everyone had to be skinny and look a certain way.
She continued that knowing that she did not fit into the skinny mold compounded her fears of not belonging, as she felt she could not compete with other actresses despite having two Academic Awards nominations thanks to her role in “Titanic.
Against All Odds
The “Ammonite” actress also disclosed that growing up, her acting dreams were discouraged by her peers but she ignored the criticism and worked hard to prove them wrong.
In a chat, she shared that her drama teacher assessed her talent and concluded that she would do “OK” if she only settled for the ‘fat’ girl parts.
Per the “Guardian,” Winslet encouraged young women who have been discouraged by teachers, friends and family, not to pay attention to the criticism and work hard, overcome their insecurities and make their dreams a reality because that’s what she did.