The actress, who played Rose in the 1997 James Cameron film, said she had received repeated criticism, particularly how she looked, since the film was released.
Winslet told the Guardian that in the 1990s tabloids had stories published that commented on her height and even guessed how much she weighed.
“It was almost ridiculous how shocking, how critical, how straightforward cruel tabloid journalists were to me,” she said.
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“I still found out who the hell I was! They would comment on my height, they would appreciate what I weighed, they would print the alleged diet I was on. It was critical and awful and so annoying to read.
“In my 20s, people talked a lot about my weight. And I would be called to comment on my physical self. Well, then I got the label to be convex and open. No, I was just defending myself. “
The criticism was not limited to Great Britain, however. Winslet said when she became a household name in the United States, the body embarrassment continued. One special comment from the late Joan Rivers – “If she’d lost just five pounds, Leo could have fit on the raft” – has stayed with her since she was 20.
“It manipulates your evolving impression of what is beautiful, you know?” said Winslet.
“I felt very alone. It damaged my confidence. I didn’t want to go to Hollywood because I remember thinking, “God, if you tell me this in England, what will happen when I get there?”