Iceberg has doomed Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet’s relationship to the screen, but in real life, Titanic co-stars and friends are closer than ever.
In an interview with The Guardian published Thursday, Winslet said she was moved to tears to see DiCaprio for the first time in three years. Like many distant friends, she said the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the couple’s separation.
“I couldn’t stop crying,” said the actor, who mostly lives in England. “I have known him for half his life! Not that I was in New York or he was in London and he had a chance to have dinner or have coffee and catch up. “
“We were unable to leave our countries,” she continued. “Like many friends around the world, we missed each other because of COVID. He is a friend of mine, a very close friend. We are connected for life. “
Winslet, who won an Oscar for The Reader in 2009, has recently experienced a professional renaissance. She won an Emmy this fall for her role as police detective Mara Sheehan in the HBO crime drama Easttown Mare, starring Evan Peters. The character’s distinctly unattractive wardrobe prompted The Guardian to call Winslet a “pandemic style icon” in May.
However, Winslet hasn’t forgotten her starring role in 1997’s Titanic, where she first paired up with DiCaprio. “On this shoot I turned 21 and Leo was 22,” she said.
Although the two actors reunited onscreen in the 2008 drama Revolution Road, they will forever remain in Hollywood history as Rose DeWitt Bookater and Jack Dawson, whose romance blossomed aboard the ill-fated ocean liner.
In the 24 years since Titanic was released, DiCaprio has been particularly outspoken about the challenges of filming a film that reportedly exceeded his original $ 180 million budget.
Speaking to The Guardian, Winslet did not reject any criticism of DiCaprio, but immediately noted that her co-star “had a lot more days off than I did, damn it.”
“I think I was raised to be grateful and just keep going,” she joked. “I didn’t feel that I had the right to be unhappy, and if I were unhappy, I certainly would not have let the journalist know about it. I would never miss it! “