Kate Winslet spoke out against her former bullies this week, with the hope of inspiring young people to pursue their passions. The Academy Award-winning actress talked about her experience being body shamed and ridiculed as a young actress at the WE Day U.K. event on Wednesday.
“I had been bullied at school. They called me Blubber. Teased me for wanting to act. Locked me in the cupboard. Laughed at me,” she said, according to People.
“I was even told that I might be lucky with my acting if I was happy to settle for the fat-girl parts. I felt that I wasn’t enough, I wasn’t good enough. I didn’t look right … and all because I didn’t fit into someone else’s idea of ‘perfect.’ I didn’t have the perfect body.”
But the naysayers only helped fuel Winslet’s ambition to become an actress.
“I would often get cast as the crocodile or the scarecrow or the dark fairy. I was even a dancing frog once,” she recalled at the event. “But it didn’t matter. I still loved it. I loved acting. It didn’t matter how big or small the parts were. I wanted to be great, and I was determined to keep learning.”
“I kept working and I kept trying my best. And then one day I was cast as Rose on ‘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’s great that Winslet can use her voice to speak out against people who put her down, and we’re pretty sure they’re eating their words now. But for anyone who may encounter a bully in their own lives, Winslet had some words of advice:
“You need air in your lungs to speak up for yourself. You need breath to find your own voice and to use it mindfully,” she said when ending her talk. “You need breath to sing and to dance and to find joy in a complex world. Help yourself, be yourself and be the best version of your true self that you can be.”