Kate Winslet talks drama teacher who told her she will only play cute, fat best friend roles
16 February 2016 Entertainment News
Fourth Estate Staff
Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Kate Winslet has revealed in an interview with People magazine that a drama teacher told her that if she stays overweight, she might just play roles of a cute and fat best friend or an ugly sister.
The Oscar nominee was 13 years old when she was reportedly told the aforementioned statement. She shared with People that she took the comment to help her succeed in the show business. She said, "I remember thinking, 'Oh, you're so wrong!' That kind of spurred me on.”
The 40-year-old added that she definitely had a lot of things to deal with when she was a teenager. She shared, “I was always the kid at the end of the line because my name began with W, and I always had big feet, and I was always wearing the wrong thing. I remember having a moment where I thought to myself, 'This is so stupid. This is just a waste of my train fare getting myself into London for auditions.'”
The actress also talked about her role as Joanna Hoffman in the movie “Steve Jobs.” This role has landed her the Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Winslet said that the key in playing the role was to get a grip with the “very, very difficult dialect.” The Apple executive is Polish-Armenian and she is neither so she had to study that.
She added, "A lot of her family spoke Russian when she was growing up, and she came to America as a teenager speaking not a word of the English language. And that was really so much the essence of her and who she was."
Winslet also recently dedicated her Bafta award for best supporting actress for the same role mentioned above to the woman who have been the subject of criticism. In her thank you speech, she shared, “When I was 14, I was told by a drama teacher that I might do OK if I was happy to settle for the fat girl parts. So what I always feel in these moments is that any young woman who has ever been put down by a teacher, by a friend, by even a parent, just don’t listen to any of it, because that’s what I did – I kept on going and I overcame my fears and got over my insecurities.”
Despite Winslet’s claims, her former school denied her statement that a teacher told her to settle for the ugly sister and fat girl roles. The Redroofs theater school in Maidenhead, Berks’ founder, June Rose, 85, released a statement saying that such comment was never made before adding, “I would assume if a teacher said something like that to a young pupil, they would immediately tell their parents and the parent would be straight onto the school.”
Rose added that Winslet was never really fat and that she did very well in school.
Winslet is yet to comment on this.