Titanic was a huge hit and catapulted Kate Winslet to superstardom, but it wasn't all plain sailing for the famous actress.
Winslet spoke about what it's really like to reach the level of fame associated with the legendary film in a recent interview. peoplepublished on Monday.
“I felt like I had to look a certain way, I had to be a certain thing, and there was so much media intrusion at the time that my life was very uncomfortable.” said Winslet.
The famous actress, who was just 22 years old when the film was released in 1997, admitted that the notoriety it brought her was sometimes a little too much for her to bear. She also recalled her unique discomfort and pressure that came with James Cameron's iconic work.
After the film's release, the media swarmed around Winslet and co-star Leonardo DiCaprio, but the spotlight wasn't always a welcome place.
“Journalists always said, 'You could have done anything after Titanic, but you chose to do this little thing.' And I thought, 'Well, I risked my life to do it!' “Because being famous was terrifying,” Winslet told People magazine.
Despite the constant attention, the Academy Award winner still recognizes the film's value not only to her earnings and career overall, but also to the general public.
“It’s not a burden,” she said. “[Titanic] Continue to bring great joy to people. ”
“The only time I think, 'Oh, hide,' is when I'm on a boat somewhere,” Winslet joked.
When appearing in January 2021 “WTF with Marc Maron” Winslet revealed on her podcast that after playing Rose in Titanic, she felt bullied by the British media and “immediately went into defensive mode.”
“I also underwent quite a bit of personal physical examination and was criticized quite a bit. In fact, the British press was quite unkind towards me,” she told the host. “To be honest, I felt quite bullied.” (Related article: 'Most of the day I feel like impending doom': Billie Eilish says fame takes a toll on her)
“I remember thinking, 'Okay, well, this is terrible, I want it to end like this.'” And it definitely passed, but if it meant becoming famous, I I also realized that I'm not ready to be famous, thank you. No, absolutely not,” Winslet explained on Maron's podcast.