Kate Winslet praises young stars for speaking out against fat-shaming, following her own experiences of ‘borderline abuse’ in the industry: ‘They have a powerful voice from a young age’

Kate Winslet praises young stars for speaking out against fat-shaming, following her own experiences of ‘borderline abuse’ in the industry: ‘They have a powerful voice from a young age’

Kate Winslet endured harsh criticism about her body in the early days of her career and has spoke openly about this in he past.

Now, the actress, 48, is happy to see young stars standing up to fat-shaming and having a voice in the industry.

During an appearance on The Today Show, host Hoda Kotb called Kate a ‘champion for women,’ but added: ‘But you didn’t lead your career that way all the time because you were like a lot of young actresses’

Kate replied: ‘It’s really interesting how much it has changed. And I think about the moments I did have to kind of say, ‘Well look, I’m going to be myself. And I have curves. And this is who I am.”

On fat-shaming in the industry, she said: ‘That has changed. And it’s changed because young women now, they’re born with a voice. They have a voice, they’re learning how to hang on to it, they stand up for themselves.

Kate Winslet says it's 'wonderful' to see young stars standing up to fat-shaming after she suffered 'borderline abuse' early in her career

Kate Winslet says it’s ‘wonderful’ to see young stars standing up to fat-shaming after she suffered ‘borderline abuse’ early in her career

The actress, 48, previously blasted the 'borderline abusive' bodyshaming she has suffered from obsessive fans of blockbuster movie Titanic

The actress, 48, previously blasted the ‘borderline abusive’ bodyshaming she has suffered from obsessive fans of blockbuster movie Titanic

‘They know that they matter. They count for something. They’re great together. 

‘It’s an exciting time, I think, for younger actresses to be coming into an industry like this one, which is huge. But to feel held, supported, nurtured, it’s changed so much. It’s wonderful.’

It comes after Kate revealed in an interview with Sunday Times that she dealt with harsh criticism at the start of her career.

The actress recalled being told she would be cast in ‘fat girl’ roles while she was a student.

‘It can be extremely negative,’ she told the outlet. ‘People are subject to scrutiny that is more than a young, vulnerable person can cope with.’

Kate, who shot to fame after playing Rose in 1997’s Titanic, says that the tides are changing now.

‘But in the film industry it is really changing,’ she noted. ‘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.’

In 2021, Kate spoke openly about the body criticism she experienced around the time that she starred in the ’90s film ‘Titanic.’

During an appearance on The Today Show, host Hoda Kotb called Kate a 'champion for women,' but added: 'But you didn't lead your career that way all the time because you were like a lot of young actresses'

During an appearance on The Today Show, host Hoda Kotb called Kate a ‘champion for women,’ but added: ‘But you didn’t lead your career that way all the time because you were like a lot of young actresses’

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

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

Kate blasted the ‘borderline abusive’ bodyshaming she has suffered from obsessive fans of blockbuster movie Titanic.

The star 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.

Kate 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.

Jack was instead forced to grimly accept his inevitable death in below freezing waters while his lover reamined 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.’

Kate also reflected on how she wishes she’d have 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.’

Kate 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

Kate 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

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.’

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