February 26, 2024

James Cameron’s 1997 epic romance Titanic led Kate Winslet to global stardom but also made her life a little “unpleasant.”

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The English actress who played Rose in James Cameron’s Titanic, the highest-grossing film at the time has opened up about her life, struggles, and the fame she received following the success of the 1997 film.

Speaking with Porter Magazine, the actress said, “I felt like I had to look a certain way, or be a certain thing.” Kate Winslet, reflecting on her shot to stardom, said, “media intrusion was so significant at that time, my life was quite unpleasant.”

The actress, who was only 22 years old when Titanic opened in theatres in 1997, continued, “Journalists would always say, ‘After Titanic, you could have done anything and yet you chose to do these small things.’”

Recalling the time after Titanic, Winslet added, “I was like, ‘Yeah, you bet your f***in’ life I did! Because, guess what, being famous was horrible.’”

Helmed by James Cameron, the film Titanic became a box-office hit and made Winslet and her co-star Leonardo DiCaprio global megastars.

The actress confirmed that the added attention she received from the film’s success was not something she was prepared for. “I was grateful, of course. I was in my early twenties, and I was able to get a flat,” she said. “But I didn’t want to be followed literally feeding the ducks.”

The actress who is now 48 years old is pleased that the film “continues to bring people huge amounts of joy.” She joked, “The only time I am like, ‘Oh god, hide’, is if we are on a boat somewhere.”

Kate Winslet is now preparing to star in HBO’s limited series, The Regime, as an authoritarian Chancellor. The series is set to premiere on March 3, 2024.

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