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.”
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Today is Valentine’s Day, and we asked Kate Winslet if she’s doing anything to celebrate.
“I might be,” says the Academy Award-winning actress with a mysterious glint in her eye. “I might be not. That’s my answer.”
OK, OK, we understand â€” even if we’re still dying to know! While she’s keeping her love life a secret â€” can you blame her? â€” she happily chatted up the 3D release of Titanic, officially out on April 2 but screening in 44 cities today as part of a special Valentine’s Day preview (sorry, the free tickets have all been snapped up).
“I do feel very excited about it, because I can tell that a whole new generation is going to get to experience the film,” says the 36-year-old actress. “(My children) Mia (11 years old) and Joe (8 years old) still have not seen it. So it is very exciting that I can actually sit with them â€” together â€” and we can all watch it together in a movie theater, and that is going to be quite amazing, actually.”
What do the kids think of their famous mom’s most iconic role thus far? “They’re actually really not interested. But they are intrigued, I think, would be fair to say.” Winslet, on the other hand, is “slightly freaked out” about revisiting her 21-year-old self on screen. “I’m sure I wasn’t really a very good actress. Seriously, we are talking about something that happened 15 years ago. It is a very long time ago. I’ve learned so much, and I’ve changed as a person so much since then. It is really quite weird. Can you imagine anything stranger? It’s going to be like famous all over again, Titanic all over again!”
The 3D version of the film is “extraordinary,” says Winslet, who has only seen 17 minutes of it. “I was literally like, ‘Oh my God, make it stop! Is that me? Oh my God, that’s me. Block my ears, somebody! Somebody club out my senses. Make it (expletive) stop!'” exclaims the star, waving her hands in front of her eyes. “And Leo looks so young and so skinny!” she gushes in a baby voice. The on-screen lovers, she says, have remained “closer than ever,” but “we definitely won’t” be having any sort of Titanic reunion. “No, we’ll just sit around going, ‘Can you (expletive) believe this? Isn’t this weird?'”
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Source: USA Today
The acting heavyweights could be working together
Hollywood legend George Clooney has admitted he’d love to work with Kate Winslet on a future movie.
Speaking on the BAFTA red carpet last night The Descendants‘ star said he’s a huge fan of the British actress: “I’ve never worked with Kate Winslet and I’d love to work with her.”
But the ladies man, who’s currently dating former pro-wrestler Stacy Keibler, went on to admit that Kate’s not the only woman on his mind:
“There are a million more out there. Pretty much any actress â€” I love working with actresses in general.”
Kate Winslet was so determined to complete a book to raise funds for her autism charity, she headed to a star-studded event after surgery in an attempt to meet Bill Clinton.
The actress roped in her famous pals, including Jude Law and Ben Stiller, to pose for photos wearing a “magical” headpiece for the tome in aid of the Golden Hat Foundation, which she set up to help her friend’s autistic son Keli.
Winslet’s mission came to a halt when she underwent a minor operation â€” but she refused to take doctors’ advice and rest up, and instead headed out to a party in a bid to land former U.S. President Clinton for her book.
She tells Ladies’ Home Journal, “You wouldn’t believe some of the things I did to get that hat to people. Like, I gatecrashed a private function to get the hat to Bill Clinton.
“It was a dinner party of about 30 people, and my friend foolishly gave me a ticket. I’d just had minor surgery and I had stitches, and I was like, ‘I don’t care, I need Bill Clinton, f**k it.’ So I hobbled in to this party in my cocktail dress, and begged. Unfortunately he was surrounded by handlers who wouldn’t let him put it on. But I needed to try. And most of the time it was fine.
“A lot of the time it was just me racing around the city to different events. Once my children and I made a road trip to watch Michael Phelps swim in Baltimore, so we could get him into the hat. I was terrified of losing it â€” and I was sure I’d lost it several times. See, at some point I want to auction it off to raise more money.”
The book, entitled “The Golden Hat”, is set for release in April, 2012.
Titanic star Kate Winslet graces the March 2012 cover of Ladies’ Home Journal and opens up about motherhood and her new book, “The Golden Hat: Talking Back To Autism”. While Kate’s children â€” daughter Mia, 11 and son Joe, 8 â€” don’t have autism, the Oscar-winner is on a mission to dispel myths and raise awareness for people living autism.
On the biggest misunderstanding about children with autism: “That they are not capable of understanding anything, that they are completely locked in their own worlds and aren’t paying attention to anything around them or that they are disinterested. Even those closest to them sometimes believe that. And so often that proves not to be the case.”
On if she’s ever worked with children with disabilities: “Yes, I was a spare pair of hands at a summer camp for disabled children when I was a teenager and there were kids there of varying disabilities. There was this beautiful tall young man who was 20 or 21. I won’t say he was treated unfairly, but because he didn’t speak, moved slowly and had significant sensory issues, nobody knew how to handle him. So it was a case of just managing his day. But there were moments when I would look him in the eye, and he would look at me, and I knew there was somebody in there. And I never forgot that experience. In retrospect, he was probably autistic.”
On feeling the importance of giving back in a profound way: “Well, my father is disabled â€” he lost his foot in an accident when I was young. It was awful, it caused all sorts of problems, both physically and psychologically â€” and for a while my family was supported by a charitable trust. So I understand on a very personal level what a charitable organization can do.”
On what motherhood means to her: “For me, motherhood is not about signing the check to get your kids and the best school; it’s about giving them the freedom to be who they are.”