Leonardo DiCaprio regrets taking a break from acting after the success of Titanic.
The 38-year-old Oscar winner began starring in commercials as a child and by the mid-Nineties was the toast of Hollywood for his roles in movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape and Romeo + Juliet.
But it was James Cameron's 1997 blockbuster that catapulted him to Hollywood elite status.
Looking back, he says he regrets not taking full advantage of the movie's success.
"I probably should have done more movies during that time period. I took a solid break," he told America's Today show on Thursday.
Leo now has a string of huge hits behind him.
But only now does he realise the massive opportunities he passed up by taking a break from work.
"I didn't even understand what a hit was, you know? That movie came out and people were like, 'This movie is doing amazingly well!' and I'm like, 'Good, that's great!'" he said.
Leo is currently promoting Quentin Tarantino's latest offering, Django Unchained.
He said he's grateful Titanic gave him the opportunity to be selective when many actors never get that chance.
"[Titanic] gave me an opportunity, from that point on, to choose the roles I wanted to do," he noted.
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