Kate Winslet opens up about being fat-shamed: 'They called me Blubber'

The Hollywood actress is taking a stand against childhood bullying. 

Kate Winslet has taken to the stage in London and spoken out about her own experience of being teased and fat-shamed at school. 

Speaking at the fourth annual WE Day UK event at the SSE Arena in Wembley, Kate, 41, revealed to the 12,000 strong crowd that she was picked on because of her weight and aspirations to to become an actress.  

“I had been bullied at school. They called me Blubber. Teased me for wanting to act. Locked me in the cupboard. Laughed at me,” she said. 

“I was even told that I might be lucky with my acting, if I was happy to settle for the fat girl parts,” she continued. “I felt that I wasn’t enough, I wasn’t good enough. I didn’t look right … and all because I didn’t fit into someone else’s idea of ‘perfect.’ I didn’t have the perfect body.”  

The Oscar-winning actress has spoken out before about 'being told to settle for fat girl parts' by one of her drama teachers as a teenager, and is passionate about inspiring other young women not to listen to their critics. 

"To any young woman who has ever been put down by a teacher, by 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 my fears and I got over a lot of insecurity."

Bravo, Kate!

Kate is considered one of the most successful actresses of our generation, having won three Golden Globes, three BAFTAs, and an Oscar, among other prestigious awards. 

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