Kate Winslet has warmed the hearts of many over the years with her incredible charm and talent on the big screen. She won critical acclaim when she starred in Titanic and has gone on to delight with other films, such as Sense and Sensibility and, more recently, Divergent. But there are some incredible facts about Kate Winslet that might surprise many fans.
1. MSN reports that Kate Winslet comes from an acting family. Not only do her parents, Roger Winslet and Sally Bridges Winslet, act, but Kate’s grandparents are the founders of Reading Repertory Theatre.
Kate con sus padres Sally Bridges Winslet y Roger Winslet pic.twitter.com/JHrNZAyCZr
— Leo y Kate Argentina (@LeoyKate) November 15, 2014
2. Kate Winslet worked in a deli and was making a pastrami sandwich for a customer when she received a call from her agent telling her she had won the part in her first movie, Heavenly Creatures.
3. Kate Winslet did a number of period movies and become well known for them, being called “Period Piece Babe.” There are even Rose dolls based on her character in Titanic.
— Sarah (@SarahKeetley) July 4, 2015
4. When she filmed Titanic, Kate Winslet was the only actor who wasn’t wearing a wetsuit.
5. According to Mid-day, Kate Winslet can sing and has used her voice in a number of soundtracks for films in which she has starred, such as “What If” from Christmas Carol: The Movie.
6. Kate Winslet has written a book called The Golden Hat: Talking Back to Autism, which was written to raise awareness and support for autism.
— GoldenHatFoundation (@KateWinsletGHF) February 18, 2014
7. Boomsbeat reports that when filming Titanic and Sense and Sensibility, two period movies back-to-back, Kate Winslet had to wear a corset for long periods of time, which was very difficult.
“My top two rib bones on one side stick out more than the other side. It’s blo*dy horrible. They do constrict your internal organs and when you take them off, my God, are you skinny… Then, after a few hours, it all flops back again.”
Happy birthday Kate Winslet, the Oscar-winning actress turns 40 today! There's a lady who knows how to rock a corset. pic.twitter.com/64qrxp3PdC
— Petits Bisous (@Petits_Bisous) October 5, 2015
8. Titanic brought Kate Winslet a new type of recognition for her work.
“Before Titanic yes… I had been nominated for an Academy Award, but I had never been sort of world-famous. When I thought about becoming an actress, I never had fantasies about being a movie star.”
9. Kate Winslet was originally offered the role of Eowyn in the Lord of the Ring: The Two Towers. The role ultimately went to Miranda Otto.
10. Kate Winslet is not a fan of celebrities that are very thin, and in 2003, when an image of her was slimmed down for the front of GQ, Winslet spoke out against the image. She once spoke to People about her fears regarding how this might affect her daughter.
“It’s only a matter of time before she becomes aware of it and it frightens the life out of me. It’s so disturbing, because young girls are impressionable from 11 up to 19 or 20, even. Women are very impressionable at those ages. They’re trying to figure out who they are, and they want to be loved, and what I resent is that there is an image of perfection that is getting thinner and thinner, and it’s truly upsetting to me.”
for example, kate winslet contested the photoshopping done to her picture on the cover of GQ magazine. pic.twitter.com/kcZrQoXq1k
— Shannon Shaver (@ShaveTheBrave) July 28, 2015
11. Kate Winslet delivered her daughter, Mia, via C-section, but her son, Joe, was born vaginally. It wasn’t until after Joe was born that Winslet admitted she felt she hadn’t given birth to her daughter properly.
“I felt like a complete failure. There’s this thing amongst women that if you can handle childbirth you can handle anything. I had never handled childbirth and I felt like in some way I couldn’t enter the ‘powerful women’s club.’ It was an amazing feeling having Joe naturally. Fourteen hours with no drugs at all, but then I had to have an epidural because I was so tired. It was an incredible birth. It was really triumphant.”
Kate Winslet came under fire for her comments, with many people claiming that Winslet perpetuated the belief already held by many that a C-section birth is a “failure” and something to feel ashamed about. Patty Adams Martinez, writing for Parents summed up the argument.
“So many women… who’ve had c-sections already feel a sense of guilt, as if they did something wrong, or they just weren’t woman enough. This insanity should not be perpetuated. Childbirth is not a competition. Whether you choose to have an epidural or not is your business. If a cesarean section is needed in order to have a healthy delivery, do it without second thought! No one has the right to judge you.”
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