Kate Winslet says her confidence took a hit after mean trolls threw jibes at her weight back when she kickstarted her acting career.

The Oscar-winning actress, 45, says facing mean comments about her appearance in her 20s made it all the more difficult to feel comfortable in her own skin.

Kate was hit with a slew of comments from trolls about her weight that “tampered with her impression of beauty”.

What’s more, she was then branded “outspoken” for simply defending herself.

Kate’s most famous project was her role as Rose in the 1997 Oscar-winning film Titanic alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.

However despite her stellar performance, it wasn’t long before her appearance was the target of hateful comments.

Kate Winslet says her confidence took a hit in her 20s

Late comedian Joan Rivers joked on live TV: “If she just lost 5lb, Leo would’ve been able to fit on the raft.”

Speaking to The Guardian, Kate recalled: “In my 20s, people would talk about my weight a lot. And I would be called to comment on my physical self. Well, then I got this label of being ballsy and outspoken. No, I was just defending myself.”

Admitting that her confidence suffered as a result of the mean comments, Kate was apprehensive about travelling to Hollywood.

“It damaged my confidence. I didn’t want to go to Hollywood because I remember thinking, ‘God, if this is what they’re saying to me in England, then what will happen when I get there?'”

Kate Winslet
The star’s appearance was targeted by trolls as they criticised her weight

“Also, it tampers with your evolving impression of what’s beautiful, you know? I did feel very on my own. For the simple reason that nothing can really prepare you for… that,” she added.

Kate recently admitted she wishes she had someone to help save her from over enthusiastic co-stars during sex scenes in some of her past performances.

The star praised the work of intimacy coordinators who have been working on television and film projects in recent years to help cast members feel safe while filming explicit scenes.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in Titanic
Kate’s most famous project was her role as Rose in the 1997 Oscar-winning film Titanic alongside Leonardo DiCaprio

Having featured in some notably erotic scenes herself over the years, Kate has signalled that she wished there had been people on set to help her deal with slightly over enthusiastic co-stars.

Kate suggested that some of her past co-stars got too hands on during sex scenes.

“I definitely wish I had them in the past. I could have done with that friend,” Daily Mail quoted the actress.

Kate Winslet
As a young actress in Hollywood, Kate was hit with a slew of comments about her weight that “tampered with her impression of beauty”

“You could just do with someone saying, ‘Can you ask him not to put his hand there’, so it wasn’t me having to say, ‘Can you not put your hand there’, which can be pretty awkward,” she went on.

“It might have made a difference to me over the years.”

Kate has been no stranger to sex scenes during her acclaimed career, starring in films such as The Reader, Revolutionary Road, Titanic and Little Children.

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