At 40 years old, Kate Winslet has had the kind of career most actresses would kill for, including an Oscar win (Best Actress for 2008's "The Reader"), another nomination at this month's ceremony (Best Supporting Actress for 2015's "Steve Jobs"), and a BAFTA Award win this past weekend (for "Jobs"), among countless other accolades. But according to the star, she was once told that she could never land those kinds of roles because of her body type.
Winslet revealed that shocking bit of shaming, which she suffered at the hands of a drama teacher in her teens, telling People that that moment solidified her drive to succeed as an actress -- on her own terms -- no matter what.
"[I was] told when I was 13 years old, by a drama teacher, that if I continued to be overweight I would really only get a chance to play, like, the cute, fat best friend role or, like, the ugly sister parts," Winslet revealed to People. "And I just remember thinking, 'Oh, you're so wrong.' And that kind of spurred me on."
Despite her determination, the actress admitted that there were plenty of tough times that followed, where she questioned if she was really cut out for the industry.
"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," Winslet told People. "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.' ... [But then] I remember thinking to myself, 'You've just got to keep going for it.'"
We're so glad she did. Seven Oscar nominations later, we'd say things have turned out just fine.
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