Kate Winslet has revealed she was once told by a drama teacher that she’d need to “settle for the fat girl parts” if she wanted to succeed in her career.
Winslet told the story at a post-awards press conference this week after winning a Bafta for her supporting role in Steve Jobs.
“When I was 14,” she revealed, “I was told by a drama teacher that I might do OK if I was happy to settle for the fat girl parts.”
Winslet said that she was motivated to succeed in spite of her teacher’s comments.
“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.”
This was Winslet’s third Bafta, following wins in 1996 and 2009.
She dedicated her win to “all those young women who doubt themselves”, because “you shouldn’t be doubting — you should just be going for it.”
June Rose, the longtime head teacher at Redroofs theatre school in Maidenhead, which Winslet attended from the age of 11 to 16, has since denied that any of the teachers at her school would have made the offending comment to Winslet.
A spokesperson for Winslet has clarified that the comment was made at an independent drama workshop over a summer in London, and not at Redroofs.
Whoever said it, we’re just glad Winslet ignored them.