''I was scared of Hollywood,'' Kate Winslet. The actor's overnight fame turned into a nightmare.

After being propelled to superstardom overnight with the success of 1997's Titanic, Kate Winslet became doubtful of her acting prowess, as well as her ability to hold her ground in Hollywood, reported the Los Angeles Times.

The actor opened up about her fear of Hollywood's glamourised world in a group group interview with he outlet, alongside the likes of Vanessa Kirby, Michelle Pfieffer, Rashida Jones, and Andra Day.

The 'Envelope's Actress Roundtable' was filmed virtually in December, and saw the stars talk about their excitement over working in today's industry in comparison to the challenges that had to face when they initially stepped in.

In the process, Kirby took the opportunity to ask Winslet about her experience on Titanic after the four discussed their careers as actors.

''Kate, can I ask what it was like being so young in Titanic? Did it like blow your mind after it came out. Did you know at the time when you were making it,'' she continued.

''''I didn't,'' Winslet intercepted.

''I was playing an American for the first time and working with Leo. I was the overweight girl who would always be the at the end of the line because my name was a W. sometimes I wouldn't even get in the door of the audition because they'd run out out of time before the Ws. And I was in Titanic. It's mad.''

Following her success in Titanic, Winslet steered clear of blockbuster films.

Asked about her longevity in Hollywood, the actor explained that her aversion to the industry had served her well in the long run.

''The honest answer is I was scared of Hollywood; a big, scary place, where everyone had to be thin and look a certain way. I knew I did not fit there, so if I were ever going to belong, I had to earn my place.

The mother-of-three even remarked that she believed her Academy Award nomination for Sense & Sensibility at age 19 had been a ''fluke.''

She went on to assert that when she had her daughter, her attitude towards her career instantly shifted.

''Two years after she was born, I was asked to do Eternal Sunshine [of the Spotless Mind'. I do believe that this was a huge turning point in my career, because from then on people suddenly went, 'Oh, she can do that? ' ''

The World Students Society thanks The Express Tribune.


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