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Kate Winslet didn't enjoy 'Titanic' fame

The actress calls her sudden career success "frantic" and a "huge shock"

By Andrea Tim | Published: 7 Dec 2015

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Kate Winslet in Titanic (Photo: 20th Century Fox)

Kate Winslet owes her rise to fame in the 90s to one of the top-grossing films of all time: Titanic. It's beyond most of our wildest dreams, but the British actress wasn't quite as delighted about it as you'd think.

"It was a huge moment of course in my life," she said at BAFTA's A Life In Pictures event in London. "It was a big turning point moment. And my life did change really overnight."

"And I remember people saying to me before the film came out, 'How are you going to cope? Your life is going to be… how are you going to not change?' And I would feel almost defensive and angry and think, "Well of course I'm not going to change. I'm not going to change, what are you talking about? My life's not going to change."

Kate admits, however, that her life did change overnight and it was overwhelming.

"I remember one day being able to go and buy a newspaper and a pint of milk, no problem, and the next day I actually couldn't get out of the house because of paparazzi. And that was a huge shock," she added. "I can honestly say I wasn't able to even really enjoy the success of Titanic because it was so frantic."

Luckily for her, working with co-star Leonardo DiCaprio made it all worth it (of course it did).

"Leonardo DiCaprio's name had been mentioned as a possible Jack," she explained. "And I actually read with some very well-known actors for that role which was amazing and great fun but I just kept thinking, 'Oh God I really hope he does it, I really hope Leo does it. And lucky for me he did. And it was a completely extraordinary experience but very, very hard. Really very hard."

Flying with Leonardo DiCaprio and becoming rich and famous overnight is certainly one of the better problems to have, isn't it?

The iconic scene from Titanic (Photo: 20th Century Fox)

Related: Kate Winslet calls gender pay gap conversation vulgar


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