10 Things You Didn’t Know About Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet is one of Hollywood’s best actresses and she has the awards to back it up! The English beauty rose to international fame when she appeared in the 1995 film Sense and Sensibility at the age of 19 and then Titanic in 1997. Since then she’s taken on so many incredible roles in films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Revolutionary Road, The Dressmaker, The Reader, Steve Jobs, The Holiday and Mildred Pierce — just to name a few. There’s no shortage of roles for Winslet and she’s definitely been well rewarded for her work by receiving many Academy Award nominations. She’s been the recipient of an Oscar, Emmy, four Golden Globe Awards and even a Grammy! Previously married to directors Jim Threapleton and Sam Mendes, Winslet is now happily married to businessman Ned Rocknroll and is the mother of three children. She’s turning 41 soon, so here’s a look at 10 things you might now have known about this incredibly talented actress!
10. A Long Line of Actors
Kate Winslet was born in Reading, England on October 4, 1975 to her parents Sally Anne and Roger John Winslet who were both stage actors. She grew up with two sisters, Beth and Anna, as well as one brother named Joss. It seems she gets her immense talent from a long line of acting chops! Her uncle was the late stage actor, Robert Bridges, and her grandparents both ran a local theater. “It’s in my family to act. I always knew that this was what I wanted to do,” she said during an interview with the New York Times in 1995. Winslet studied drama at the Redroofs Theatre School and a co-educational independent school in Maidenhead, Berkshire. She entered the acting world at a young age. She started out doing commercials, stage productions, then a few BBC television series, and by the time she was 17, she had landed her first movie role.
9. Bullied as a Teenager
She has been open about her experience with bullying in high school and the fact that she was considerably overweight as a teenager. At the age of 16, she was 5’6 1/2 and weighed 185 pounds. Her classmates used to call her “blubber” and she was teased relentlessly because of how she looked. “I was chubby, always had big feet, the wrong shoes, bad hair,” she said. “When I grew up, I never heard positive reinforcement about body image from any female in my life. I only heard negatives. That’s very damaging, because then you’re programmed as a young woman to immediately scrutinize yourself and how you look,” she said while filming Running Wild with Bear Grylls. Kate eventually lost the weight because she knew it would affect her career, but she now makes a point to praise her naturally curvy body. She also dished out that after finding success as an Oscar wining actress she sought out the girl who was particularly mean to her and confronted her. “She was working on a beauty counter in a department store. I went up to her and said, ‘I want to thank you for being such a b-tch because it made me a lot stronger,” said Winslet. Now that would be gratifying!