To us, Kate Winslet has always been a beautiful English Rose who is highly deserving of all the prestigious accolades she's received over the years – oh, you know, the three BAFTAs, four Golden Globes, an Academy Award, an Emmy, a Grammy... as you can probably tell, the list goes on.
These days, it's safe to say that the actress's mantelpiece is looking rather crowded, which makes it all the more surprising that it was not always so.
Speaking to the press at the BAFTAs following her Best Supporting Actress win for Steve Jobs on Sunday, Kate reminisced about her early acting experiences and sadly what she had to say wasn't so positive. She revealed:
"When I was younger, when I was only 14, I was told by a drama teacher that I might do OK if I was happy to ‘settle for the fat girl parts.' Look at me now!"
Amidst the nervous laughter echoing around the room, she continued:
"So what I feel like saying in those moments is that any young woman who has ever been put down by a teacher, or a friend, or even a parent, just don’t listen to any of it, because that’s what I did — I didn’t listen and I kept on going and I overcame all of my fears and I got over a lot of insecurity. Just keep doing it and keep believing in yourself."
Someone give this woman a round of applause!
This isn't the first time that Kate has been a beacon of hope for us all. During her time in the limelight, she has continued to be a advocate for those with body image struggles, mainly because she's been overcome with negative thoughts in the past too. Recently, during an interview with The Wall Street Journal, she spoke about how her body ideals have changed as she's grown older:
"We all focus on our bodies in our late teens and our early 20s, in a way that is just not cool or healthy. In your 30s, you become aware of staying fit. Now I view my physical self as an instrument that I have to keep going because I’m a mother, and I have to be as healthy as I can for those three people who need me -- more than I need for myself to be in a f*cking nude scene."
Damn right, queen!
And while you contemplate all of the above, why not take another peek at this wonderful woman in action in her latest movie, Steve Jobs:
Do you agree with Kate's advice?