Kate WinsletÂ has long spoken about dealing with mean kids at school and hopes to use her experience and fame to help young girlsÂ maintain a positive body image.
The 40-year-old actress, who rose to fame withÂ TitanicÂ and recently starredÂ in the filmÂ Steve Jobs,Â was bullied as a child over her looks, namely her weight.
“I was teased for how I looked,” Winslet toldÂ CBS Sunday MorningÂ in an interview set to air this weekend. “In part, yeah, because I was quite stocky as a child. And was very much teased for that.”
Winslet had also talked about her experience being bulliedÂ over her looks and weight before. In a 2006 interview withÂ Parade, she revealedÂ her classmates called herÂ “Blubber.” She also toldÂ Marie Claire U.K.Â in 2009 she wasÂ “bullied for being chubby.” Earlier this year, she recalled during an appearance onÂ Running Wild with Bear GryllsÂ how she confronted one of her “particularly horrible” childhood bullies as an adult.
“She was working on a beauty counter in a department store,” Winslet said. “I went up to her and said, ‘I want to thank you for being such a bitchÂ because it made me a lot stronger.'”
Now an Oscar-winning actress who graces the covers of magazines and stuns at award shows and celebrity events, Winslet is considered by many to be a prime example of Hollywood beauty. But she doesn’t want young girls to get the wrong idea about it.
“You know, we walk down red carpets. You know, it’s part of the job,” she toldÂ CBS Sunday Morning.Â “But I think I feel very strongly that it’s important to also say to young girls that we don’t look like that all the time.”
Kate Winslet Recalls Being Bullied as a Child Over Her Looks, Shares Inspiring Body Image Message for Young Girls
“I didn’t really know much about him,” admitsÂ Michael FassbenderÂ when asked about playing the title character in “Steve Jobs” (watch below). “I suppose the thing that really stuck with me was meeting people who knew him —Â John Sculley,Â Joanna Hoffman,Â Steve Wozniak,Â Andy HertzfeldÂ â€¦ You could see he was still very much present in their lives. Even if their relationships were difficult, there was a sadness and a love there for him.”
The film by Oscar champÂ Danny Boyle(“Slumdog Millionaire”) paints a complex portrait of the man as a brutal taskmaster with conflicting emotions about his family and his legacy. The actors credit the screenplay by Oscar winnerÂ Aaron Sorkin(“The Social Network”) as an essential but demanding part of the process.
RecallsÂ Kate Winslet, who plays Jobs’ marketing guruÂ Joanna Hoffman, “I have to be honest, it was terrifying. I remember all of us walking into the room on day one of rehearsal when you’re trying out your accent and hoping to God that everyone else isn’t looking at you and thinking, ‘She’s shit’. When we walked onto the set, we had to be that well-oiled machine, we had to be ready to go, we had to have Sorkin-ese in our back pockets.”
That difficulty wasn’t lost on Sorkin. “Each of them, at at least one point in the movie, has a long list of things to say. I went over toÂ JeffÂ [Daniels] and I said, ‘Michael’s a really big Irish guy. I think he’s going to beat me up.’ And Jeff, who had been doing this for three years with ‘The Newsroom’ stared at me and said, ‘I’mÂ a really big Irish guy, and I’m going to beat you up.'”
“Steve Jobs” opens Friday (Oct. 9) in limited release with a nationwide roll-out to follow on October 23.
Kate Winslet and Jimmy Fallon attempted to make each other look as strange as possible on Wednesday nightâ€™s episode ofÂ The Tonight Show.
In a new segment called â€œPhoto Booth,â€ the host andÂ Steve JobsÂ star fittingly used iPads to shoot some freakish photos of each other through the Photo Booth app.
Using features like â€œmirror-effectâ€ and â€œsqueeze,â€ Winslet marveled atÂ the ability to enlarge her forehead and give herself a â€œbutt-face.â€
The actress also wondered how taking picturesÂ qualified as a talk show.
â€œThis isnâ€™t really a talk show Iâ€™m on, is it?â€ Winslet joked. â€œWhat are we doing?â€
Kate Winslet has revealed the meaning behind her new son’s grizzly and fiery name: Bear Blaze.
“We settled on Bear quite early on,” the “Divergent” star said on Tuesday’s episode of “Ellen.” “A friend of mine when I was younger was nicknamed Bear and I just had always really loved it. And he was very much a bear. He was everyone’s shoulder to cry on, he was a big bear hug, he was a great figure in my life and I just had always remembered him and so that’s where it came from.
The 14-week-old’s middle name, Blaze, came from the fact that she and husband Ned Rocknroll “met in a house fire, basically,” said Winslet, referring to the blaze that claimed Rocknroll’s uncle Richard Branson’s Virgin Islands home in 2011.
“The house burned down and we survived,” she told Ellen DeGeneres. “But we wanted something of the fire and so Blaze was the name that we came up with. Bear Blaze.”
Winslet, 38, has two older children with exes Jim Threapleton and Sam Mendes.
Kate Winslet on NBC’s Today
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“The Hollywood Reporter” Q&A
Kate did an interview to The Hollywood Reporter to promote her new movie ‘Labor Day’, in which she talks about growing up on aid and being bullied, the challenges of life after “Titanic,” having kids with different fathers, why she plays so many depressed women, the forthcoming “Divergent,” tweeting and more. Check it:
You come from a family of actors. How much did that influence your decision to go down that path?
My parents met because my father was an actor friend of one of my momâ€™s brothers, but my mother has never set foot on the stage — sheâ€™s quite shy. So itâ€™s a strange thing because people say, â€œOh, coming from acting parents,â€ when the idea of acting would literally make my mother just want to throw up. I did absolutely grow up in a world surrounded by people who were always performing and being flamboyant. Iâ€™m from a family of impoverished actors, not the highly RADA [Royal Academy of Dramatic Art]-trained classical actors at all. Iâ€™m from a pack of almost traveling players, as I describe it, and I just sort of grew up surrounded by, I donâ€™t know, an attitude towards performing that was absolutely full of just complete joy, really, really just true joy. And I think I just always imagined that I would end up doing it as well. I mean, I certainly donâ€™t remember ever thinking I would be a movie star; that never crossed my mind at all. I lived in a home where we didnâ€™t get a VCR until I was 12, and we were on free meal benefits, and we were supported as a family by a charity called The Actorâ€™s Charitable Club, who would literally help with the basics of living because the life of a starving actor for my father was extremely hard and he would take lots of other parts and other jobs to make ends meet. My older sister, who is now 41, always very much wanted to be an actress and was quite vocal about that. And then I started showing kind of wanting to do it, too, when I was about 8 or 9. It was literally as though if she had gotten a pair of ice skates and wanted to learn how to skate, Iâ€™m sure I would have wanted to get a pair of ice skates and wanted to learn how to skate, too. She wanted to be an actress, and so I wanted to be an actress — I mean, that seemed like a hell of a good idea to me. [laughs] My younger sister also does it. And my brother — we have one brother, whoâ€™s the youngest — he does not act whatsoever.