Actress Kate Winslet, the best supporting actress winner at the Bafta this year, said she was once told by a drama teacher to “settle for the fat girl parts”.
The “Titanic” star, 40, dedicated her award, which she won for playing Apple marketing executive Joanna Hoffman in “Steve Jobs”, to women who are the subject to criticism.
“When I was younger, when I was 14, I was told by a drama teacher that I might do OK if I was happy to settle for the fat girl parts,” Winslet said in her acceptance speech.
“So, what I always feel in these moments is that any young woman who has ever been put down by a teacher, by a friend, by even a parent, just don’t listen to any of it, because that’s what I did I kept on going and I overcame my fears and got over my insecurities.”
It was Winslet’s third Bafta win, after she took home awards for “Sense and Sensibility” (1996) and “The Reader” (2009). She beat out competition from fellow actresses Julie Walters and Rooney Mara.
Winslet is also nominated for an Oscar for her role in the Danny Boyle-directed biopic of the Apple mogul. If she wins, it would be her second Academy award.