Kate Winslet Shares Childhood Memories of Fat Shaming Trauma

I learned to embrace my flaws, to make no apology for who I am: Hollywood star Kate Winslet on body shaming.

Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet reveals she was called "Blubber" by bullies when she was at school. Winslet relived some painful parts of her past on stage recently, in front of 12,000 youngsters, at the We Day UK charity event at Wembley Arena.

In an inspirational speech, Winslet said:

Kate Winslet, Hollywood ActorI had been bullied at school, they called me Blubber. I was always comparing myself to others. They teased me for wanting to act. They locked me in the cupboard and would laugh at me. I wasn’t the prettiest and I was even told that I’d be lucky in my acting if I was happy to settle for the fat girl parts. I’d never let go of that. They’d say, ‘You’re just not what we’re looking for, Kate.’ I’d hear that a lot. This unkindness made me feel truly horrendous.

But Winslet says she was able to block out the negative comments and continued to pursue her passion for acting.

Kate WinsletI was always auditioning for the school plays. I didn’t really get very good parts, mind you, but I didn’t mind. I didn’t care. 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. And then one day, I was cast as Rose in Titanic. The most unlikely candidate, Kate from the sandwich shop in Reading, suddenly acting in one of the biggest movies ever made!

The Labor Day star concluded her inspiring speech by saying:

Kate WinsletGet out there and go for it because your generation has the power to rock the world. You can be from anywhere, and you can do anything, believe it. It’s 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 that my body didn’t fit. This is who I am, the real me, Kate from Reading.