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Kate Winslet exposed Hollywood’s unforgiving nature when it comes to the actresses’ physical appearance
Hollywood know all too well. In a new interview with The Guardian, Winslet recalls how she dealt with the constant criticism of her weight after Titanic became a phenomenon in the late ’90s.
“In my 20s, people would talk about my weight a lot. And I would be called to comment on my physical self. Well, then I got this label of being ballsy and outspoken. No, I was just defending myself.”
It was almost laughable how shocking, how critical, how straight-up cruel tabloid journalists were to me. I was still figuring out who the hell I bloody well was!” slams all tabloids.
“They would comment on my size, they’d estimate what I weighed, they’d print the supposed diet I was on. It was critical and horrible and so upsetting to read,” she continued. “But it also made me feel so… so moved. By how different it is now.”
Out of all the comments she received, there’s one she still remembers. The late Joan Rivers said, “If she just lost five pounds, Leo would’ve been able to fit on the raft.”
“In my 20s, people would talk about my weight a lot,” she says. “And I would be called to comment on my physical self. Well, then I got this label of being ballsy and outspoken. No, I was just defending myself.”
She stated that facing scrutiny in the U.K. made her nervous to continue her career in Hollywood. “I remember thinking, God, if this is what they’re saying to me in England, then what will happen when I get there?” she says.