Kate Winslet has blasted the “borderline abusive” body shaming she has suffered from obsessive fans of blockbuster movie Titanic.
The 47-year-old actress became a household name after starring as lovelorn Rose DeWitt Bukater alongside Leonardo DiCaprio as impoverished artist Jack Dawson in director James Cameron’s 1997 rendering of the early twentieth century disaster.
Winslet has since hit out against cruel trolls who claimed her weight was the reason DiCaprio’s character couldn’t get on the floating door with Rose to ensure they both survived the catastrophe, which claimed the lives of more than 1,500 passengers after the boat struck an iceberg .
Speaking out: Kate Winslet has blasted the “borderline abusive” bodyshaming she has suffered from obsessive fans of blockbuster movie Titanic
Jack was instead forced to grimly accept his inevitable death in below freezing waters while his lover reamed safely afloat.
Addressing the pivotal scene during the latest edition of the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Winslet said: Apparently I was too fat. Why were they so mean to me? They were so mean. I wasn’t even f****** fat.’
Winslet also reflected on how she wishes she’d addressed the vile comments at the time.
She added: ‘I would have responded, I would have said, “Don’t you dare treat me like this. I’m a young woman, my body is changing, I’m figuring it out, I’m deeply insecure, I’m terrified, don’t make this any harder than it already is.
“That’s bullying, you know, and actually borderline abusive,” I would say.’
Criticism: Winslet was savaged by cruel trolls who claimed her weight was the reason DiCaprio’s character couldn’t get on the floating door with Rose to ensure they both survived
Iconic: The 47-year-old actress became a household name after starring as lovelorn Rose DeWitt Bukater alongside Leonardo DiCaprio as impoverished artist Jack Dawson in the film
The Oscar winning actress has spoken about body shaming before, and she recently recalled being told to settle for “fat girl” roles as a young performer at acting school, while her agent would later ask about her “weight”.
She said: ‘It can be extremely negative. People are subject to scrutiny that is more than a young, vulnerable person can cope with. But in the film industry it is really changing.
‘When I was younger my agent would get calls saying, “How’s her weight?” I kid you not. So it’s heartwarming that this has started to change.’
Opening up: The Oscar winning actress has spoken about body shaming before, and she recently recalled being told to settle for “fat girl” roles as a young performer at acting school
Winslet said she hopes times have changed because she has very different priorities now.
She added: ‘As a middle-aged woman, I care about being that actor who moves their face and has a body that jiggles.’
The Avatar: The Way of Water star also opened up about how social media has changed life for anyone in the public eye – insisting the internet puts unnecessary pressure on young actors as they are unable to move on from their mistakes.
She explained: ‘It was hard enough [for me] having the flipping News of the World on my doorstep, but that doesn’t even cut it now.
Tests: Director James Cameron revealed he conducted a scientific study to finally end the debate as to whether Leonardo DiCaprio’s character could have made it out alive
Experiment: ‘We have done a scientific study to put this whole thing to rest and drive a stake through its heart once and for all,’ he said
That phrase about ‘today’s news being tomorrow’s fish and chip paper’ doesn’t exist. The thing you did when you were drunk or foolish? It may come back to haunt you.
‘Needing to be on one’s guard for young actors is just a different thing. It must be extraordinarily hard.’
The actress’s response comes just days after the film’s director, James Cameron, also weighed in on the climactic Titanic scene, stating he conducted scientific experiments that proved Jack would be unable to get on the door.
The director told The Toronto Sun that he conducted the ‘forensic study’ with hopes that he ‘won’t have to deal with the speculation anymore after 25 years.’
He said: ‘We have done a scientific study to put this whole thing to rest and drive a stake through its heart once and for all. We have since done a thorough forensic analysis with a hypothermia expert who reproduced the raft from the movie and we’re going to do a little special on it that comes out in February.
‘We took two stunt people who were the same body mass of Kate and Leo and we put sensors all over them and inside them and we put them in ice water and we tested to see whether they could have survived through a variety of methods and the answer was, there was no way they both could have survived. Only one could survive
‘[Jack] needed to die. It’s like Romeo and Juliet. It’s a movie about love and sacrifice and mortality. The love is measured by the sacrifice…Maybe after 25 years, I won’t have to deal with this anymore.’