Kate Winslet told thousands of children to stand up to bullies at Wednesday’s fourth annual WE Day UK charity event.
The Oscar winning actress addressed the audience on how playground bullying about her weight forced her to “rise above it all” and become an actress. “”
Winslet took time out of her schedule to inspire the crowd at WE, formerly known as Free The Children. The Titanic star encouraged them to “be indestructible… and believe that you are worth it”, whilst reflecting on being cast as Rose in Titanic:
“I had been bullied at school. They called me Blubber. Teased me for wanting to act. Locked me in the cupboard. Laughed at me. I wasn’t the prettiest. I was even told that I might be lucky in my acting if I was happy to settle for the fat-girl parts. [Casting agents] would say, ‘You’re just not what we’re looking for Kate.’ I’d hear that a lot.
I didn’t lock myself away and give up on my dream. I fought back. I had to ignore the negative comments. I had to believe in myself. I had to choose to rise above it all, and I had to work hard.
“You have to be indestructible to do what you love, and believe that you are worth it. And sometimes that’s the hardest part.“
“One day, I was cast as Rose in Titanic. The most unlikely candidate –Kate from the sandwich shop in Reading –suddenly acting in one of the biggest movies ever made! You can be from anywhere and you can do anything, believe it. It is possible to overcome your fears.”
“I learned to embrace my flaws, to make no apology for who I am. I dug deep and I decided that I simply wouldn’t listen when they said my body didn’t fit. This is who I am, the real me, Kate from Reading.“
WE is a worldwide development and youth empowerment charity that has held WE day for the last four years.