Kate Winslet reveals on-screen kiss with Leonardo DiCaprio was ‘not all it’s cracked up to be’

Kate Winslet has not-so-fond memories of one of her most iconic on-screen kisses.

In Vanity Fair’s “Scene Selection” segment, the actor rewatched the famous “king of the world” scene from the 1997 box office hit “Titanic,” revealing that her shared kiss with co-star Leonardo DiCaprio was “not all it’s cracked up to be.”

“Oh my, lordy,” Winslet says as a scene of her character Rose and DiCaprio’s Jack appears on screen. “This might be really cringe.”

The British star said the first thought in her head was how she couldn’t breathe in “that bloody corset,” before sharing how the scene was “a nightmare” to shoot because “Leo couldn’t stop laughing” and they had multiple takes to get the lighting right.

When it came to the major kissing moment, Winslet said she kept bumping her knees on the railing.

“Get on with it, do the kissing part,” she said while watching. “It’s quite funny, giggling, covered in each other’s makeup.”

Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack and Kate Winslet as Rose in
Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack and Kate Winslet as Rose in

“My god, he’s quite the romancer, isn’t he?” she laughed. “No wonder every young girl in the world wanted to be kissed by Leonardo DiCaprio.”

She then looked at the camera and quipped, “It was not all it’s cracked up to be.”

Her reasoning? Winslet revealed that in her corset she had her and DiCaprio’s makeup, brushes and sponges to do touch ups in between takes.

“And I would end up looking as though I had been sucking a caramel chocolate bar after each take because his makeup would come on to me,” she recalled, adding that then he would have her makeup on his face.

“Oh god, it was such a mess,” Winslet said. However, she said she was “proud” of the movie because it’s the “film that just keeps on giving” as new generations discover it.

She then joked that people try to make her re-enact the scene “every time I’m on a flipping boat, which does my head in.”

Winslet has previously opened up about how “traumatic” life after the hit movie was for her. During a March appearance on Sunday Sitdown, said the fame after “Titantic” “was really not much fun.”

“I didn’t have an infrastructure, I guess, that went hand-in-hand with being a famous person,” she told Willie Geist. “I lived in a small little two-bedroom flat in North London, you know? I didn’t have, like, security outside my home. I could never have afforded that kind of thing.”

She also faced a lot of body-shaming and wondered, “Do people really think I’m fat? Like, I’m not fat. I’m just healthy, normal person.”

Winslet said being scrutinized for her appearance “was just wrong.”

This article was originally published on TODAY.com

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