Kate Winslet’s starring role in “Titanic” made her an instant A-list actress, but it didn’t come without its price, she shared on Thursday.
On the latest episode of WTF with Marc Maron, the 45-year old actress opened up about how becoming an international celebrity at the age of 21 “was like night and day from one day to the next.”
Winslet shared that after “Titanic” was released in 1997, she was “bullied” by the press. “I was subjected to quite a lot of personal physical scrutiny, and I was criticized quite a lot,” she said. “The British press were actually quite unkind to me.”
That experience made Winslet realized that she was “not ready to be famous, thank you. No, definitely not.” At the time, she hoped that the experience would pass, and while it eventually did, she had to deal with “cars and cars full of British tabloid photographers who were photographing me going and buying a pint of milk and a newspaper.”
Winslet chose to focus on smaller movies after “Titanic” so that she “could understand the craft a bit better.” She shared that she “was still learning how to act. I’d only been doing it since I was 17, and so I still felt like I wasn’t really ready to do lots of big Hollywood jobs.”
Her pivot to independent films was part of strategy “to be in it for the long game,” said Winslet, noting that it also afforded her the opportunity to “maintain some degree of privacy and dignity.”