Kate Winslet Recalls Being Bullied as a Kid: 'I Was Teased for How I Looked'

"I was quite stocky as a child. And I was very much teased for that," said Winslet

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Kate Winslet is opening up about her painful experience being bullied as a child.

“I was teased for how I looked,” the actress, 40, told CBS Sunday Morning in an interview set to air this weekend. “In part, yeah, because I was quite stocky as a child. And I was very much teased for that.”

This isn’t the first time Winslet has opened up about being bullied. While appearing on an episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls, she said she never received “positive reinforcement” about her body while growing up.

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“When I grew up, I never heard positive reinforcement about body image from any female in my life,” Winslet admitted. “I only heard negatives. That’s very damaging because then you’re programmed as a young woman to immediately scrutinize yourself and how you look.”

Now as an adult, she has cultivated a positive body image and made it her mission to help others build self-confidence after being bullied as a kid.

“You know, we walk down red carpets. You know, it’s part of the job,” she told CBS Sunday Morning. “But I think I feel very strongly that it’s important to also say to young girls that we don’t look like that all the time.”

In fact, Winslet even admits to dropping off her kids at school in a less-than-fashionable wardrobe.

“I even do the school run in my dressing gown, bathrobe,” she added, laughing. “And pajamas. Yup, absolutely.”

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