Oscar nominee Kate Winslet has faced a lot of discouragement over the years, but none as much, it seems, as when she was a young girl trying to be an actress. According to People, when Winslet was 13 she was told by her teacher some pretty discouraging, body shame-y things. She was told, via People:
“that if I continued to be overweight I would really only get a chance to play the cute, fat best friend role or the ugly sister parts,” the actress reveals to People. Instead of withering from the criticism, Winslet says, “I remember thinking, ‘Oh, you’re so wrong!’ That kind of spurred me on.”
“I was always the kid at the end of the line because my name began with W, and I always had big feet, and I was always wearing the wrong thing,” she says. “I remember having a moment where I thought to myself, ‘This is so stupid. This is just a waste of my train fare getting myself into London for auditions.’ ” She adds, “I remember thinking to myself, ‘You’ve just got to keep going for it.’ “
So happy you did! You’re one of the world’s treasures, Kate Winslet. And we’re all rooting for you to win Best Supporting Actress for your role as Apple executive Joanna Hoffman in Steve Jobs. GET IT!!!