Sorry, Leo-Kate romantics, your favorite meme has been shut down by Rose DeWitt Bukater (après Dawson) herself.
During an interview with Net-a-Porter, Kate Winslet discussed how the film industry has changed for women since the beginning of her career — touching upon life after Titanic and the rise of the #MeToo movement nearly two decades later.
When reflecting on the media’s behavior following the massive success of the 1997 film and the often harsh spotlight placed on its leads, Winslet said, “I felt like I had to look a certain way, or be a certain thing, and because media intrusion was so significant at that time, my life was quite unpleasant.” She continued, “Journalists would always say, ‘After Titanic, you could have done anything and yet you chose to do these small things’… and I was like, ‘Yeah, you bet your fuckin’ life I did! Because, guess what, being famous was horrible.’ I was grateful, of course. I was in my early twenties, and I was able to get a flat. But I didn’t want to be followed literally feeding the ducks.”
The actress said that while she wears the idea of fame “lightly,” she acknowledges that Titanic “continues to bring people huge amounts of joy.” As for the famous “‘Find yourself someone who looks at you the way Leo looks at Kate” meme, she laughed: “[He’s looking at me like that because] he just knows I can see right through it all,” adding, “I think when you experience something so seismic, so young… we really went through that together.”
Earlier in the conversation, Winslet also discussed her starring role in Lee, a film about war photographer Lee Miller, and how Miller represented “truth and justice” and was someone who was “powerful emotionally and charismatic and sexy and brilliantly skilled at her job and had a way of connecting with people.”
“We live in a time as women where we just crave that from other women. #MeToo lit a fire inside so many of us, collectively,” she said, “in terms of [what we] want to leave behind and what we want to say for ourselves.”