- Winslet describes feeling pressure to conform to certain standards after her
fame, making her life unpleasant despite being grateful for the opportunities.
- Winslet chose to do smaller projects after
to escape the negative aspects of fame, surprising some journalists who expected her to pursue bigger roles.
was a career-changer not only for Winslet, but also for her co-star Leonardo DiCaprio and director James Cameron.
Actress Kate Winslet speaks on the fallout of her Titanic fame. Winslet played Rose in the classic 1997 film, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jack. Titanic was immensely successful both critically and commercially, winning eleven Oscars and doing immensely well at the box office. At the time of writing, Titanic remains the fourth-highest grossing movie of all time.
Speaking with Net-a-Porter, Winslet discusses the downsides of her Titanic fame. After acting in the film, Winslet describes feeling pressure “to look a certain way, or be a certain thing.” She says that “being famous was horrible” even though she was “grateful.” As a result, she decided to do smaller projects after Titanic, much to the surprise of some “journalists.” Check out the full quote from Winslet below:
“[Young women now] know how to use their voice. I felt like [in the aftermath of ‘Titanic’] I had to look a certain way, or be a certain thing, and because media intrusion was so significant at that time, my life was quite unpleasant.”
“Journalists would always say, ‘After “Titanic,” you could have done anything and yet you chose to do these small things’…and I was like, ‘Yeah, you bet your fucking life I did! Because, guess what, being famous was horrible.’ I was grateful, of course. I was in my early twenties and I was able to get a flat. But I didn’t want to be followed literally feeding the ducks.”
How Titanic Was A Career-Changer (And Not Just for Kate Winslet)
Winslet was just 22 years old when Titanic was released. So, even though it is disappointing to know how much her fame from the film negatively affected her, it makes sense that this would be an overwhelming amount of exposure for someone so young. Despite the downsides, Titanic earned Winslet her second Oscar nomination (the first being for Best Supporting Actress in Sense and Sensibility in 1995). Now, Winslet is a seven-time Oscar nominee.
Titanic was also a transformational film for Winslet’s co-star, DiCaprio. Like Winslet, DiCaprio walked onto the set of Titanic with an Oscar nomination behind him, for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. Still, Titanic helped establish DiCaprio as a leading man, quickly catapulting him into A-list status. DiCaprio has been nominated for six acting Oscars, winning Best Actor for 2015’s The Revenant.
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Titanic is regarded as one of the best movies ever made and its memorable dialogue reflects this.
Finally, Titanic was an immense boost to director James Cameron’s career. Titanic earned Cameron his first Best Picture and Best Director win at the Oscars, and revealed the full extent of the scale of film Cameron was capable of producing. Now, Cameron is the directorial mastermind behind three of the top five highest grossing films of all time: Avatar, Avatar: The Way of Water, and Titanic. So, while there may have been downsides to the Titanic fame for Winslet, it is still undeniably a career-changer for many people involved.
Titanic is the 1997 blockbuster romantic/disaster epic based on the events surrounding the sinking of the legendary “unsinkable” vessel. Flashing back to the past and forward to the present, the film primarily follows the stories of the well-to-do and somewhat timid Rose and the poor but lively Jack, star-crossed lovers who meet aboard the doomed ship. In addition, the film tells true and fictionalized accounts of the passengers of the RMS Titanic, with an older Rose recounting her tale to the crew of a research ship.