Kate Winslet Has A Message For Generation Z
KATE WINSLET took to the stage at the WE charity event in London yesterday to encourage a crowd of over 20,000 youngsters to believe in their potential and to rise above bullies, revealing her own encounters growing up.
“I had been bullied at school,” Winslet, who has been open in the past about being singled out at school, told the crowd. “They called me Blubber. Teased me for wanting to act. Locked me in the cupboard. Laughed at me. I wasn’t the prettiest. I was even told that I might be lucky in my acting if I was happy to settle for the fat-girl parts. Casting agents would say, ‘You’re just not what we’re looking for Kate.’ I’d hear that a lot.”
“I didn’t lock myself away and give up on my dream,” Winslet – who is mother to 16-year-old Mia, 13-year-old Joe, and three-year-old Bear – continued. “I fought back. I had to ignore the negative comments. I had to believe in myself. I had to choose to rise above it all, and I had to work hard. You have to be indestructible to do what you love, and believe that you are worth it. And sometimes that’s the hardest part.”
The Oscar-winning actress also recounted the career-changing moment that she was cast as Rose in 1997’s Titanic, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, to make the point that anything can happen if you believe in yourself.
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“One day, I was cast as Rose in Titanic,” she said. “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 is possible to overcome your fears. I learned to embrace my flaws, to make no apology for who I am. I dug deep and I decided that I simply wouldn’t listen when they said my body didn’t fit. This is who I am, the real me, Kate from Reading.”
In her parting words to the WE audience, Winslet urged them to live for the moment, and to try and avoid the pitfalls and pressures that social media brings in this day and age – especially with youngsters.
“Today, social media robs so many of us of just basic conversation. We are constantly distracted from being our true selves in a world that is fuelled by insta-tweet-bookface, as I like to call it,” she said. “Society is changing so fast. What we value is changing so fast. It’s not easy being a teenager, and it’s becoming harder than ever in a world of peer pressure and such awful things as cyber bullying and exposure to unattainable aspirations. Let’s think about how else to share… Share a real chat with the person sitting next to you, share stories, share being in this moment. By talking. Or with a hug.”