Kate Winslet has given hope to aspiring actresses who might not fit the perfect Hollywood look, revealing she was told to "settle for the fat girl parts" at drama school.
The Steve Jobs star won the Best Supporting Actress prize at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards on Sunday night (14Feb16), and speaking to the press right after claiming the award, Winslet told reporters she wished she had more time during her acceptance speech to send a positive message of hope to young female artists struggling in their career just like she did years ago.
She explained, "In a moment like that one, I find myself saying, 'I should have said something...' When I was only 14, I was told by a drama teacher that I might do OK if I was happy to settle for the fat girl parts. Look at me now, look at me now."
Winslet, who is now the proud owner of three BAFTA trophies, added, "So what I feel like saying in those moments is - 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.
"Keep believing in yourself. That's what I felt like, I had to really dig deep and do. I would dedicate the win to all those young women who doubt themselves, because you shouldn't be doubting - you should just be going for it."
Winslet has another opportunity to make an inspiring acceptance speech - she's also up for a Best Supporting Actress prize at the Academy Awards later this month (28Feb16).