On Thursday's episode of the WTF with Marc Maron podcast, Kate Winslet, 45, recalled going into self-protective mode right away after her breakout co-lead role in the blockbuster romance/disaster epic Titanic, because she felt bullied by the U.K. media.
About her sudden fame, she said that it was like night and day from one day to the next. Also, she was subject to quite a lot of personal physical scrutiny, and criticized quite a lot — the British press were actually quite unkind to Kate Winslet.
She felt quite bullied, and remembers just thinking that the thing happening was horrible, as she hoped it passes. It did definitely pass but it also made her realize that if that's what being famous was, she was not ready to be famous.
At just 22 years old during the time of the film's release, Kate Winslet said she was still learning how to act, as she'd only been doing it since she was 17, and also still felt like she wasn't really ready to do lots of big Hollywood jobs, it was a huge responsibility.