Words: Elle Griffiths
Kate Winslet has opened up about the bullying she experienced while at school in the UK.
The Oscar winning actor, touched on the personal memories while speaking to school children in the Wembley SSE Arena on Wednesday as part of the fourth annual WE Day UK charity event.
Despite not having a film to promote at the moment, the 41-year-old took time out of her schedule to speak to the youngsters about self-esteem and ambition.
She recalled: “They called me Blubber. Teased me for wanting to act. Locked me in the cupboard. Laughed at me. I wasn’t the prettiest. I was even told that I might be lucky in my acting if I was happy to settle for the fat-girl parts. [Casting agents] would say, ‘You're just not what we’re looking for Kate.’ I’d hear that a lot.”
The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind star went on: “One day, I was cast as Rose in Titanic. The most unlikely candidate –Kate from the sandwich shop in Reading –suddenly acting in one of the biggest movies ever made! You can be from anywhere and you can do anything, believe it. It is possible to overcome your fears.”
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Winslet also encouraged the youngsters to look away from the smartphones and interact with each other in the old fashioned way, telling them: “Put down your phone. Today, social media robs so many of us of just basic conversation. We are constantly distracted from being our true selves in a world that is fuelled by inst-tweet-bookface, as I like to call it. Let's think about how else to share... Share a real chat with the person sitting next to you, share stories, share being in this moment. By talking. Or with a hug.”
Kate, who has three children, has previously revealed that she does not have social media in her house. Last year she said: “ We're not a big deviced-up household."
"We don't have any social media, nothing like that."
She has also been outspoken about body image and her experiences as a young woman in Hollywood.
In an interview in 2008 she told Vanity Fair of trying to break into acting: “I was fat. I didn’t know any fat famous actresses.”
“I just did not see myself in that world at all, and I’m being very sincere. You know, once a fat kid, always a fat kid.”
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