The epic romance thriller, Titanic, is based on a true story of an ill-fated maiden voyage but the plot focuses more on the love story between Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio than the doomed vessel. The movie achieved commercial and critical success and grossed over $1 billion.
The success of the movie made Winslet an instant sensation in Hollywood. Everyone wanted to meet the then 21 years old actress, who saw fame because of her rebellious role as Rose.
It was a difficult time for Winslet, who struggled to understand the life of a celebrity. Winslet didn’t have the best time shooting for the movie because of the difficult underwater scenes.
To master her role, she held her breath underwater for seven minutes during the shipwreck training. The shooting of the movie took 160 days instead of the initial 138 days, and most of the filming was done in cold water.
Winslet lived in a three bedroom apartment in London when Titanic came to the cinema. She became instantly famous after the film hit cinemas and was forced to relocate because of paparazzi and fans flocking her old apartment.
The film opened floodgates of fame for the actress who was suddenly overwhelmed by offers of new acting projects. She had a hard time in the tabloids because of rumors and misunderstandings that always kept her in the spotlight. She wished someone was there to tell her how it feels to be a celebrity then.