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Kate Winslet Says ‘Titanic’ Fame Was So ‘Horrible’ That ‘You Bet Your F—ing Life I’ Chose Smaller Films After: ‘My Life Was Unpleasant’

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Zack Sharf Digital News Director Kate Winslet said in a new interview with Net-a-Porter that she actively took roles in smaller, independent films after the record-breaking success of “Titanic” because the fame that resulted in starring in James Cameron’s epic was “horrible.” Winslet was just 22 years old when “Titanic” opened in 1997 and became a cultural phenomenon.

It won 11 Oscars, including best picture, and became the highest-grossing film of all time, as well as the first to gross $1 billion worldwide.

To say it turned Winslet and co-star Leonardo DiCaprio into overnight superstars would be an understatement. “[Young women now] know how to use their voice,” Winslet said. “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,'” Winslet added. “I was grateful, of course. I was in my early twenties and I was able to get a flat.

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