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A “Sexual” Titanic Fact By Kate Winslet You Can’t Un-Know

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Kate Winslet on Titanic, sex talk, and more: Titanic, James Cameron’s iconic 1997 film, is famous for more reasons than one. (Yes, far more than that nude sketching scene.) Decades have passed since its release but the film has held its throne as one of the strongest influences in pop culture and, hands-down, among the best love stories ever made in Hollywood.

What has added to its cultural and mythical value in all these years are the multiple Titanic facts its cast and crew have made known.

Kate Winslet has, on many counts, spoken about her character as Rose and what she – as Winslet – felt before, during and after playing her. She also spilled the beans on how she and Leonardo DiCaprio bonded over “sex talk” on sets. Talking to Rolling Stone, she said they were “asking each other for advice,” adding, “a lot of those sexual tips he’s given me have worked.”

Rose & Jack bonded over sex talk? Kate Winslet says so

Saying that the details of their sex tips were “too despicable” and “really graphic,” Winslet said that it wasn’t much like comparing notes but their chats did comprise asking for very “personal” advice. Winslet and DiCaprio have been known to share a long and close friendship, one that still leaves fans swooning.

Pondering on that infamous car sex scene, she adds, “The Rose in me was really sort of loving the Jack in him, actually. And even though I didn’t feel that way about Leo, it was quite nice to sort of feel that way in the scene. It was quite lovely. And I remember lying there thinking, ‘What a shame that’s over.’ Because it was quite nice.”

Titanic facts by Kate Winslet to ensure you never see the film the same way again: 

1. Kate Winslet was body-shamed for looking different 

Winslet recently opened up about working in Titanic and how she felt she didn’t belong in Hollywood even post the skyrocketing stardom she found through her role as Rose in the 1997 film. Speaking to Los Angeles Times on a roundtable, Winslet elaborated on feeling like she didn’t fit in the American film industry because she didn’t “look” like the other actors.

“I was scared of Hollywood. A big, scary place, where everyone had to be thin and look a certain way. And I knew that I did not look that way or feel like I fit there, so if I was ever going to belong, I had to earn my place,” she said.

2. Kate Winslet feels Titanic for her was a fluke 

Titanic, she says, seemed like a “fluke” in her career and revealed she did not know the film would see such uncharted success. “I didn’t. I was playing an American for the first time. And working with Leo… I was the overweight girl who would always be at the end of the line.

“And because my name was a W, sometimes I wouldn’t even get in the door of the audition because they’d run out of time before the Ws. And I was in Titanic. It’s mad,” she said.

Fun fact: Winslet originally auditioned as Rose alongside Matthew McConaughey as Jack. DiCaprio, however, got the part. (Which, in a way, is one of the best things to have happened, seeing how the Kate-Leo friendship is pure goals today. Thank you, universe.)

3. Emma Thompson helped with the nude scene

Veteran British actor Emma Thompson, who co-starred with Kate Winslet in the period drama Sense and Sensibility, apparently had a role to play in the latter’s nude ‘sketching’ scene from Titanic. 

Opening up on it, she recalled on the film’s 20th anniversary in 2017, “I had worked with Emma Thompson, who is a very physically open and relaxed person… and I had seen her do nudity and, you know, it was a part of the story.”

That, therefore, helped find Winslet some courage to counter her nervousness. Who would have imagined, this scene that made her so terribly nervous would go on to be counted among film history’s most memorable ones?

Views expressed are the author’s own. 

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