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Kate Winslet was told she would only be able to get ‘fat girl’ roles

Kate Winslet was told she would only be able to get ‘fat girl’ roles

Th Titanic star revealed it didn't get much better once in Hollywood as her casting agent was constantly asked 'how's her weight'.

Kate Winslet has opened up about the shocking scrutiny she's suffered ever since choosing to be an actor.

The Oscar-winning star revealed to The Sunday Times just how harmful pressures can be on female performers.

"It can be extremely negative, the 47-year-old said.

"People are subject to scrutiny that is more than a young, vulnerable person can cope with."

She went on to reveal: "When I was younger my agent would get calls saying, 'How’s her weight?' I kid you not.

Even as a young hopeful in acting school, she was told by a teacher she'd have to settle for 'fat girl'.

The criticisms have been hard and cruel.

Back in the 1990s, when she was still a star waiting to shine, she copped body-shaming constantly from the press and public figures.

Joan Rivers once claimed: "If Kate Winslet had dropped a few pounds, the Titanic would never have sunk."


But, thankfully times have changed, and Winslet is embracing a new body-positive era for herself and the women and men that follow her.

"The film industry is really changing... it’s heartwarming that this has started to change," she told The Sunday Times.

She isn't the only one who cops it, though.

Bryce Dallas Howard revealed in September that studio bigwigs wanted her to slim down for Jurassic World Dominion.

Thankfully, director Colin Trevorrow took that suggestion down quick-smart.

"[I’ve] been asked to not use my natural body in cinema,” Howard said, as per Variety.

"On the third movie, it was actually because there were so many women cast, it was something that Colin felt very strongly about in terms of protecting me… because the conversation came up again, ‘We need to ask Bryce to lose weight.’"

"[Colin] was like, ‘There are lots of different kinds of women on this planet and there are lots of different kinds of women in our film," she added.

"I got to do so many stunts that wouldn’t have been possible if I had been dieting."

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Topics: Kate Winslet, TV and Film, Celebrity, Health