share

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

Kate on Titanic fame
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


Most Popular

Advertisement

MORE, MORE, MORE

Elfira's award

Elfira's award

The actress hopes that the national recognition she's received will inspire her peers to achieve success

Gotham engagement

Gotham engagement

James Gorden and Lee Thompkins are going to get their happily ever after in real life

ELLE Instagram
Amanda is pregnant

Amanda is pregnant

The actress and her fiancÚ Thomas Sadoski are expecting their first child

Gaga talks Kinney

Gaga talks Kinney

The singer tears up while discussing how difficult it actually is to adjust to fame, hints at why she and Taylor Kinney broke up

Mariah talks split

Mariah talks split

"If it's meant to be, it's meant to be and if it's not then ultimately you just have to accept that and move on," she said

Advertisement
Kanye hospitalised

Kanye hospitalised

Sources say that the rapper was convinced that "people were out to get him"

2NE1 disbands

2NE1 disbands

The K-pop girl group is parting ways after seven years together

ELLE Instagram