She’s undoubtedly one of the most respected actresses in the game, but Hollywood icon Kate Winslet this week admitted that she wasn’t always given the level of kindness each and every one of us deserve.
Speaking in front of 12,000 young’uns at the We Day U.K. charity event at Wembley Arena, Kate recalled a rather shattering memory of her school days.
“I had been bullied at school, they called me Blubber," the 41-year-old remembered.
She explained how she was picked on, simply for her appearance, and at one point was even locked in a cupboard.
“I wasn’t the prettiest,” she said. “I was even told that I might be lucky in my acting if I was happy to settle for the fat-girl parts.”
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But Kate was not ready to give up. She fought through the negative comments using belief as motivation, until one day, when she was given the life-changing role of Rose Dawson beside Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic.
“The most unlikely candidate—Kate from the sandwich shop in Reading—suddenly acting in one of the biggest movies ever made. You can be from anywhere and you can do anything, believe it. It is possible to overcome your fears.”
Kate now joins a handful of other Hollywood heavyweights, who after cementing their status as successful role models, have spoken out about their bullied pasts.
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Tia Mowry has joined the ranks of many other celebrities who have embraced their figures—flaws and all.
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