Kate Winslet Reveals She Was Called 'Blubber' as a Child in Inspiring Anti-Bullying Speech
By Jennifer Drysdale
Kate Winslet is sticking it to the haters!
In an inspiring speech at a youth empowerment event for WE Day in London on Wednesday, the 41-year-old actress opened up about how she was able to overcome her experience being bullied for her weight as a child.
"They called me Blubber," Winslet revealed. "[They] teased me for wanting to act. Locked me in the cupboard. Laughed at me."
"I was even told that I might be lucky in my acting if I was happy to settle for the fat-girl parts," she continued of how comments started to affect her budding career as an actress.
"I felt that I wasn't enough, I wasn't good enough. I didn't look right, and all because I didn't fit into someone else's idea of 'perfect.' I didn't have the perfect body," she said, adding how casting directors would tell her that she wasn't what they were looking for.
Despite the bullying, however, Winslet "fought back," refusing to give up on her dream. "I had to ignore the negative comments. I had to believe in myself. I had to choose to rise above it all, and I had to work hard," she shared."You have to be indestructible to do what you love, and believe that you are worth it. And sometimes that’s the hardest part."
The seven-time Oscar nominee then recalled the day her life changed.
"One day, I was cast as Rose in Titanic," she said. "The most unlikely candidate -- Kate from the sandwich shop in Reading -- suddenly acting in one of the biggest movies ever made!"