Kate Winslet On Post-‘Titanic’ Life: ‘Being Famous Was Horrible’

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Kate Winslet said she wasn’t happy with the fame that accompanied starring in the 1997 blockbuster “Titanic” opposite Leonardo DiCaprio.

The 48-year-old actress made the remarks during a recent interview with Porter. “I felt like I had to look a certain way, or be a certain thing, and because media intrusion was so significant at that time, my life was quite unpleasant,” Winslet told the outlet.

“Journalists would always say, ‘After Titanic, you could have done anything and yet you chose to do these small things’ … and I was like, ‘Yeah, you bet your life I did! Because, guess what, being famous was horrible.'”

Despite the negatives, the British Academy Award winner looks back fondly on the film that turned her into an international superstar.

“It’s not a burden, any of it,” Winslet clarified. “[Titanic] continues to bring people huge amounts of joy,” she said, “The only time I am like, ‘Oh God, hide,’ is if we are on a boat somewhere.”

The actress had previously spoken about some of the downsides to fame, including what she described as being “bullied” by the British media. Winslet spoke more on that during a 2021 episode of the “WTF with Marc Maron” podcast, per Today.


“It was like night and day from one day to the next,” she said at the time of becoming famous. “Also, I was subject to quite a lot of also personal physical scrutiny, and criticized quite a lot — the British press were actually quite unkind to me.”

“I felt quite bullied, if I’m honest,” Winslet added. “I remember just thinking, ‘Okay, well, this is horrible and I hope it passes.’ And it did definitely pass but it also made me realize that if that’s what being famous was, I was not ready to be famous, thank you. No, definitely not.”

“Titanic” director James Cameron also spoke about the fallout from the film. In an interview with the Radio Times, Cameron said that he thought Winslet “came out of ‘Titanic’ a bit traumatized by the scale of the production and her responsibility within it,” as The Daily Wire previously reported.

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