Kate Winslet had an especially loving message to share with young, aspiring actresses after receiving a British Academy Film Award (BAFTA) on Valentine’s Day.
“When I was younger, when I was only 14, I was told by a drama teacher that I might do okay if I was happy to settle for the fat girl parts,” she said, brandishing her award. “Look at me now, look at me now.”
“So what I feel like saying in these moments is that any young woman who has ever been put down by a teacher, or 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 all my fears and got over a lot of insecurity.”
Her stirring address to the media went on to encourage young women who doubt themselves to keep believing, and just keep going for it.
Winslet received the Best Supporting Actress award for her role as Apple PR guru Johanna Hoffman in Steve Jobs, winning against Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Rooney Mara (Carol), and Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina), with the addition of Rachel McAdams (Spotlight). She will face the same competition at the Oscars on February 28.
Watch Winslet’s words of wisdom here.