Kate Winslet featured in several movie projects which include; “Heavenly Creatures (1994), Dark Seasons (1991), Sense and Sensibility (1995),” but she only attained stardom after her role as Rose DeWitt Bukater in the James Cameron’s written and directed film, “Titanic (1997).”
She played the role of a star-crossed lover alongside Academy Award winner, Leonardo DiCaprio who fell in love and met with a tragedy on a real-life ship.
After its release, “Titanic” became the highest-grossing film at the time, and Winslet bagged several Awards. However, the 45-year-old actress was unprepared for the fame and she recently revealed how “scared” she was of Hollywood.
Working With The Stars
Although before “Titanic,” Winslet got an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her character in “Sense and Sensibility (1996),” she shared that she felt intimidated working alongside co-star DiCaprio whom she revered.
During a roundtable discussion with “LA Times,” Winslet revealed that being a cast member of the “Titanic” was overwhelming at first because she was “the overweight girl who would always be at the end of the line.”
Her acting and delivery were, however, so impressive that she secured a second Academy Award nomination in no time.
When she was asked by Rashida Jones during the interview why she went for more simple roles instead of blockbusters after “Titanic,” the “Revolutionary Road” actress revealed that she was afraid of Hollywood.
She also mentioned that this was because she saw it as a big place where everyone had to be and look a certain way to be accepted and knowing she didn’t fit into the Hollywood perfection made her feel like she had not earned her place.
She continued and said at the time, she felt her success with “Titanic” was just sheer luck.
Winslet Is A Force To Be Reckoned With
However, according to Winslet, her turning point of self-acceptance came when she became a mother at twenty-five. Two years after her first child, Winslet starred in “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” where she played alongside Jim Carrey.
She portrayed the role of Clementine Kruczynski, the love interest of Carrey’s Joel Barish.
The duo started a relationship after a train journey together, unaware that have been in a relationship before until Joel underwent a surgical procedure to eliminate his relationship with Clementine from his memory.
Looking To The Future
Winslet’s exceptional acting in the film earned her another Best Actress Academy Awards nomination in 2005, and for her, it was a homecoming of acceptance.
As her career progressed, “The Reader” actress pursued a more ‘indie’ career and currently has five projects in production.
The mom-of-three maintained her relationship with “Titanic” director James Cameron and is set to make an appearance in “Avatar” sequel, shooting two movies back-to-back.
She has also been nominated for an Oscar Award for her lead role in “Ammonite.” Go Girl!