Kate Winslet Opens Up About Childhood Body-Shaming: ‘They Called Me Blubber’

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Kate Winslet shared tough childhood memories with the audience at a youth empowerment event for WE Day in London on Wednesday (Mar. 22, 2017).

“They called me Blubber. [They] teased me for wanting to act. Locked me in the cupboard. Laughed at me,” Winslet revealed. “I was even told that I might be lucky in my acting if I was happy to settle for the fat-girl parts.”

Winslet said that she felt that she wasn’t enough or good enough as a result of the constant bullying, which also came from casting directors when she began acting.

“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,” added Winslet.

Still, she fought back by ignoring the negative comments.

“I had to believe in myself. I had to choose to rise above it all, and I had to work hard,” Winslet said.”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 day that her life was changed was the same day that she was cast in the role that would launch her career.

“One day, I was cast as Rose in Titanic,” Winslet began. “The most unlikely candidate — Kate from the sandwich shop in Reading — suddenly acting in one of the biggest movies ever made!”

In the clip from her speech below, Winslet inspired the young onlookers to start a positivity revolution. “Work to achieve your wildest dreams and get out there and be true to you. Get out there and go for it because your generation has the power to rock the world.”