Kate Winslet was allegedly subjected to "physical scrutiny" in the wake of Titanic's release, which made her "feel bullied".
Released in 1997 when the actress was just 22-years-old, director James Cameron's epic romance flick catapulted Winslet and her co-star Leonardo DiCaprio into megastardom.
Taking a seat on Marc Maron's WTF podcast recently, she reflected on a life-changing experience.
"I went into self-protective mode right away [after Titanic came out]. It was like night and day from one day to the next. I was subject to a lot of personal physical scrutiny, I was criticised a lot and the British press were quite unkind to me," Winslet explained.
"I felt bullied if I'm honest. I remember thinking, 'this is horrible and I hope it passes' – it did definitely pass but it made me realise that, if that's what being famous was, I was not ready to be famous, definitely not."
Further into their chat, the Oscar-winning actress delved into why she chose smaller projects after Titanic's unprecedented success.
"I was still learning how to act, I felt I wasn't ready to do lots of big Hollywood jobs," she admitted.
"I didn't want to make mistakes and blow it, I wanted to be in it for the long game. I strategically tried to find small things so I could understand the craft a bit better and maintain some degree of privacy and dignity."
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