As celebrities go, Kate Winslet is right up there with the most likeable.
The 40-year-old Brit, who lives in West Sussex, but grew up in Reading, has revealed that she was bullied ‘for being chubby’ at school – and she has the best response for her childhood critics.
“I was kind of bullied when I was younger, actually at school,” Kate revealed in an interview on The Today Show.
“For being chubby, you know, I had girls who were envious of me because I was acting a little bit as a teenager.”
“So this is my revenge. This right here, this lovely career that I have been blessed with.
“I have healthy children. You know, I have a really happy life and, to me, it’s like ‘Well, look at me now girls!'”
This isn’t the first time the Oscar-winner (again, look at her now, girls) has said just the right thing. Here are 5 times Kate made us nod sagely, scream ‘right on’, or showed us she’s just ‘one of us’, with her wise words… (Including the time we met Kate.)
The importance of being ‘nice’:
“I was raised to be a decent, polite person and I just could see that with some people they changed, that terrible sense of entitlement can kick in. I never felt that I was in any way entitled to be a little arsehole. I just don’t believe that that’s how you should be in life, famous or not.”
(Speaking to Time Out)
On high heels:
“I never had a desire to be famous. I never had huge ambitions—never.… I was fat. I didn’t know any fat famous actresses. I just did not see myself in that world at all, and I’m being very sincere. You know, once a fat kid, always a fat kid. Because you always think that you just look a little bit wrong or a little bit different from everyone else. And I still sort of have that. I often look at women who wear great jeans and high heels and nice little T-shirts wandering around the city and I think, I should make more of an effort. I should look like that. But then I think, They can’t be happy in those heels.”
(Speaking to Vanity Fair)
On being a feminist, but believing in good underwear:
I think I am a feminist, yeah. – Kate Winslet
“I think I probably am. I mean, not in a bra-burning way. But I think I am a feminist, yeah.”
(Speaking to The Guardian)
On learning from experience:
“I wouldn’t change a thing. Even all the bad bits. Because it doesn’t matter how crap times have been; they all matter for something – more than something, actually – because those are the things that shape who you are. And if you don’t like who you are… Well, then you’re buggered, really, aren’t you?”
(Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar)
On young people being annoying:
I once went to interview Kate Winslet at a junket in my old job, and on entering the room, she said: “Oh, for fuck’s sake, why is everyone 25?!” I was actually 29 at the time (thanks Kate), but I agree, anyone younger than you is, in general, annoying.
I should point out that she went on to give a lovely, thoughtful interview, despite my general annoying aura of youth.