Kate Winslet Says She Didn’t Want to Thank Harvey Weinstein during Oscars Speech

Famous actress Kate Winslet also had a story to share about Harvey Weinstein. Luckily, in this case it did not talk about allegations of sexual harassment. In fact, Kate decided to reveal now the reason why she decided not to thank Weinstein when she won an Oscar in 2009.

Actually, when she held her winning speech at the Oscars back in 2009 many people wondered why Kate excluded Weinstein from the list of people she thanked. Some believed that she forgot, but that was not the case. During an interview with The Los Angeles Times, Kate said that she actually made the decision to not thank Harvey.

“I remember being told, ‘Make sure you thank Harvey if you win.’ And I remember turning around and saying, ‘No I won’t. No I won’t,'” the actress said. “And it was nothing to do with not being grateful. If people aren’t well-behaved, why would I thank him?” she went on to add. Kate and Weinstein collaborated back in 1994 when Kate actually made her debut. However, Kate revealed that it was not the best experience possible for her.

In fact, the star said that Weinstein always reminded her about the fact that he was the one who cast her in her first movie, Heavenly Creatures. “For my whole career, Harvey Weinstein, whenever I’ve bumped into him, he’d grab my arm and say, ‘Don’t forget who gave you your first movie.’ Like I owe him everything,” the actress said during her interview.

“But that’s how he operated. He was bullying and nasty. Going on a business level, he was always very, very hard to deal with — he was rude. He used to call my female agent a [vulgar name for a woman] every time he spoke to her on the telephone,” Kate also explained.

Kate previously praised all the women who decided to speak up about Weinstein’s misconduct. Kate also expressed her support for these women and said that Weinstein’s behavior was “disgraceful and appalling and very, very wrong.”

Kate Winslet Talks about being bullied as a Child

Famous actress Kate Winslet decided to open up about her experiences while growing up. The star claimed that she was bullied as a child and of course she has been through some very difficult moments. With these comments, Kate also decided to share a powerful message during the fourth annual WE Day UK event.

The event took place in Wembley, London. Kate recalled during the event some bad memories from her childhood and she delivered her inspirational message. “They called me ‘Blubber,’ they teased me for wanting to act. Locked me in the cupboard and would laugh at me,” the famous actress said.

“I wasn’t the prettiest and I was even told that I’d be lucky in my acting if I was happy to settle for the fat girl parts. I’d never let go of that, and they’d say, ‘You’re just not what we’re looking for, Kate.’ I’d hear that a lot,” she went on to say. “This unkindness made me feel truly horrendous.”

Kate also revealed that she never got good parts when she was auditioning for school plays. However, she claimed that she never let that take her down and actually she loved every role she got, even though that was being a crocodile or a dancing frog. “I loved acting. It didn’t matter how big or small the parts were. I wanted to be great and I was determined to keep learning,” she said.

And of course, then came the moment that changed her life. She was cast in the role of Rose in Titanic. The famous actress had an encouraging message for the audience. “Get out there and go for it because your generation has the power to rock the world. You can be from anywhere, and you can do anything, believe it. It’s possible to overcome your fears,” she said. “I learned to embrace my flaws, to make no apology for who I am. I dug deep and I decided that I simply wouldn’t listen when they said my body didn’t fit. This is who I am, the real me, Kate from Reading.”