Kate Winslet has been in the spotlight for decades, during which she’s endured her fair share of pressure and criticism about her appearance. During a recent interview with The Sunday Times, the Titanic actress opened up about some of the less enjoyable memories from her earlier acting days, specifically recalling the fixation with her body.
“When I was younger my agent would get calls saying, ‘How’s her weight?’” Winslet told the outlet, adding that she now cares more “about being that actor who moves their face and has a body that jiggles.”
With her 22-year-old daughter, Mia Threapleton, breaking into the acting industry as well, Winslet is particularly tuned into the aspects of Hollywood that have changed since she first began acting — including the increased difficulties with privacy of stars, now that social media is such a fundamental part of everyone’s lives.
“It was hard enough having the flipping News of the World on my doorstep, but that doesn’t even cut it now,” Winslet said. “That phrase about ‘today’s news being tomorrow’s fish and chip paper’ doesn’t exist.”
She added, “The thing you did when you were drunk or foolish? It may come back to haunt you. Needing to be on one’s guard for young actors is just a different thing. It must be extraordinarily hard.”
Winslet stars alongside Threapleton in the British TV movie I Am Ruth, where the two play mother and daughter dealing with a strained relationship caused by the complexities of everyday society — namely, social media’s effect on Threapleton’s character.
While speaking on BBC One’s Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg, the Academy Award-winning actress had nothing but praise for her daughter’s performance.
“I was just so blown away by her,” Winslet said, per People. “I mean, she didn’t need my help at all.”
She continued, “Sometimes I could introduce her to a technical trick here and there. Just little things I picked up along the way, like changing an eye line … Little things like that, that no one teaches you. And she appreciated that stuff.”
You know what they say: like mother like daughter! It might not be long before Threapleton is accepting her own Oscar.