When you think of Kate Winslet, her memorable movie roles and acting prowess are likely the first things that come to mind. But that wasn’t always the case, the actress recently shared, especially growing up.
According to Glamour, Winslet spoke at the fourth annual WE Day UK event, and told of her experiences being bullied as a child for her looks. “They called me ‘Blubber,’ they teased me for wanting to act. Locked me in the cupboard and would laugh at me,” she said, the Evening Standard reports.
The focus on her looks followed her as she pursued acting, sharing that she was told on several occasions that she should consider herself lucky in her career if she could “settle for the fat-girl parts,” says Glamour. But Winslet neither settled nor quit; instead, she let those negative words empower her to fight for the life she dreamed of.
“I didn’t lock myself away and give up on my dream,” she said, according to Glamour. “I fought back. I had to ignore the negative comments. I had to believe in myself. I had to choose to rise above it all, and I had to work hard. You have to be indestructible to do what you love, and believe that you are worth it. And sometimes that’s the hardest part.”
From auditioning for school plays to eventually landing her breakout role in Titanic, Winslet said none of it would have been possibly if she hadn’t learned to tune out the negative voices and take control of her own life.
“I learned to embrace my flaws, to make no apology for who I am,” she said, according to Glamour. “I dug deep and I decided that I simply wouldn’t listen when they said my body didn’t fit.”