Kate Winslet’s confidence was damaged by criticism about her body: 'Nothing can prepare you for that'

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Kate Winslet attends SFFILMs 60th Anniversary Awards Night at Palace of Fine Arts Theatre on December 5, 2017 in San Francisco, California.  Photo by C Flanigan/ Getty Images
Kate Winslet attends SFFILMs 60th Anniversary Awards Night at Palace of Fine Arts Theatre on December 5, 2017 in San Francisco, California. Photo by C Flanigan/ Getty Images

The actress admitted she felt "very on her own" as she struggled with the world's obsession with her weight and figure when she was a young actress breaking into Hollywood. Still, she insisted things really changed when she welcomed her daughter Mia at 25 as her worries "evaporated".

“It damaged my confidence. I didn’t want to go to Hollywood because I remember thinking, ‘God, if this is what they’re saying to me in England, then what will happen when I get there?’ Also, it tampers with your evolving impression of what’s beautiful, you know? I did feel very on my own,” she said.

"For the simple reason that nothing can prepare you for that. But then, of course, I had Mia when I was 25. And so, all that nonsense just evaporated,” she said. And the ‘Titanic’ star found it “almost laughable” how “straight-up cruel” people were to her about her figure and how she looked.

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The actress also added, "In my 20s, people would talk about my weight a lot. I would be called to comment on my physical self. Well, then I got this label of being ballsy and outspoken. No, I was defending myself. And it was almost laughable how shocking, how critical, how straight-up cruel people were to me.

"I was still figuring out who the hell I bloody well was! They would comment on my size; they'd estimate what I weighed, they'd print the supposed diet I was on. It was critical and horrible and so upsetting to read. But it also made me feel so moved. By how different it is now," she added.

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