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Kate Winslet won a British Academy Film Award in the best supporting actress category this weekend for her role in Steve Jobs. When she spoke to the press backstage, Winslet shared a story about an interaction she had with a drama teacher who put her down when she was a teenager.
“When I was only 14, I was told by a drama teacher that I might do OK, if I was happy to settle for the fat girl parts,” said Winslet, adding in a stage whisper, “Look at me now, look at me now.”
“So what I feel like saying in those moments is — to any young woman who has ever been put down by a teacher, by a friend, or even a parent, just don’t listen to any of it, because that’s what I did,” said the actress. “I didn’t listen and I kept on going and I overcame my fears and I got over a lot of insecurity.”
Winslet, who accepted her third BAFTA win after previously winning in 1996 and 2009, told women to “keep believing” in themselves.
She dedicated her win “to all those young women who doubt themselves” saying, “because you shouldn’t be doubting — you should just be going for it.”
Watch her advice for women below, as well as her acceptance speech.
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