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10 Life Lessons from Kate Winslet

By Shandle Blaha

Kate Winslet is an Academy Award-winning actress, philanthropist, and mother of three best known for work as Rose on the blockbuster, Titanic. In the twenty-years since Titanic hit the big screen, she has taken on a number of roles showcasing her amazing talents from free-spirited Clementine Kruczynski in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind to Hanna Schmitz a former Auschwitz guard in The Reader, which won her an Oscar, and is currently starring as Alex Martin a photojournalist who gets stranded in the snowy mountains after a plane crash in The Mountain Between Us.  She never shies away from a challenging role and speaks openly about her own body-image issues as an actress and has said she refuses to let Hollywood dictate her weight. She is known as a bit of a prankster among her friends and keeps her Oscar in her bathroom, “The whole point is for everyone to pick it up and go, ‘I’d like to thank my son and my dad’ — and you can always tell when someone has, because they’re in there a little bit longer after they flushed,” she told Us in 2015. “They’ll come out looking slightly pink-cheeked. It’s hysterical.” Now I not only want to her be my bestie, I really want to use her bathroom. She is as wise as she is talented and here are some lessons to help you live your best life.

On growth:

“The good and bad things are what form us as people . . . change makes us grow. To have one foot in the past, to hang on to the what-ifs, to say if I hadn’t done that or he hadn’t said this . . . all these things are pointless. I really believe in, move on, live and let live, forgive and forget.”

Kate Winslet as April Wheeler in Revoltionary Road

On art:

“I think any form of self-expression is half confidence, half sheer hard work and, maybe, a bit of talent thrown in.”

Kate Winslet as Rose in Titanic - dancing.

On acting:

“Insecurity is what actors work with all the time.”

Kate Winslet

On love:

“To me, love is when you meet that person and you think, ‘This is it, this is who I’m supposed to be with.”

Kate Winslet as Rose & Leonardo Dicaprio as Jack in Titanic

On life:

“Life is short, and it is here to be lived.”

Kate Winslet as Clementine in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

On heartbreak:

“I think heartbreak is something that you learn to live with as opposed to learn to forget.”

Kate Winslet as Iris in The Holiday

On perfection:

“Nobody is perfect. I just don’t believe in perfection. But I do believe in saying, “This is who I am and look at me not being perfect!”

Kate Winslet as Clementine in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

On aging:

“And it is lovely being 40 because I literally don’t have to give a sh*t what people think anymore and it’s f***ing great.”

Kate Winslet

On passing judgment:

“It’s very easy to be judgmental until you know someone’s truth.”

Kate Winslet as Rose in Titanic

On storytelling:

“When you’re telling a story, I think you should tell it to its fullest, with reckless abandon, and absolutely let it be what it is.”

Kate Winslet as April Wheeler in Revolutionary Road

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About Shandle Blaha (183 Articles)

Shandle is the Operations Director for Sweatpants & Coffee. She works from home so she wears yoga pants every day and loves some coffee in her cream and sugar. A rerun of Friends is always on her TV and her stack of books to read is always growing. She and her husband love to travel and you can follow her travels on Instagram at: shandle_spc.

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