Anyone who has seen Titanic (i.e. everyone), can attest to the fact that Kate Winslet played the role brilliantly. Not only did she beautifully portray Rose DeWitt Bukater, but her chemistry with Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) was undeniable. Have you ever wondered what she would have been like without our dear Leo?
Take a look at the screen test Kate Winslet featured in before officially earning her role as Rose. In this clip, she acts besides a different Jack, played instead by Jeremy Sisto (Clueless):
The actors may had a few gigs pre-dating Titanic, including DiCaprio in What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) and Winslet in Heavenly Creatures (1994). However, neither artist had reached impressive levels of fame before 1997. Once James Cameron's creation hit the theaters, Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio would never again blend in with a crowd.
Before Kate Winslet became the celebrity sensation we know her as, she needed perseverance and confidence to ensure she'd get the epic part. Luckily, Winslet has the talent to back it up, so during the audition process for the role of Rose, she went the extra mile to ensure she got what she deserved.
In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Winslet confessed to her reaction upon reading the Titanic screenplay:
"I closed the script, wept floods of tears and said, 'Right, I've absolutely got to be a part of this. No two ways about it.'"
No worries, Kate, few can survive the events that occur in this romantic movie without soaking in their own puddle of tears.
Winslet got the director's number from her agent and proceeded to call James Cameron on his car phone (when those were still a thing pre-smartphone era).
"[James] was on the freeway, and he said, 'I'm going somewhere.' And I think he pulled over, and I said, 'I just have to do this, and you are really mad if you don't cast me.'"
Her dedication paid off when she got an audition. Three days later, she sent James roses accompanied with a note saying: "From your Rose." Slick. Obviously, Winslet put up a good fight because she got the highly-desired role. A belated congratulations is in order!
It's practically a crime to ask, but which other actress would you have approved of for the role of Rose in Titanic?