Nothing says “Screw you, bullies” like a trophy cabinet full of film awards. And Kate Winslet is certainly having the last laugh after suffering torment at the hands of school bullies who nicknamed her “blubber”.
Speaking at the WE Day UK charity event in London, Winslet said the teasing got so bad, the bullies almost put her off of acting, and even locked her in a cupboard.
“I was even told that I might be lucky with my acting,” she said. “If I was happy to settle for the fat girl parts.
“I didn’t look right. And all because I didn’t fit into someone else’s idea of ‘perfect’. I didn’t have the perfect body.”
Thankfully, she didn’t let it stop her.
“I was always auditioning for the school plays,” she continued. “I didn’t really get very good parts, mind you, but I didn’t mind. I didn’t care. I would often get cast as the crocodile or the scarecrow or the dark fairy. I was even a dancing frog once.
“But it didn’t matter. I still loved it. I loved acting. It didn’t matter how big or small the parts were. I wanted to be great and I was determined to keep learning.”
And it paid off. She was later cast as Rose in Titanic, starring opposite Hollywood boy wonder Leonardo DiCaprio, fresh from his heartthrob role in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo And Juliet.
“The most unlikely candidate, Kate from the sandwich shop in Reading, suddenly acting in one of the biggest movies ever made!
“You can be from anywhere, and you can do anything. Believe it.”