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Winslet: Young stars need more perspective

Kate Winslet wants to encourage up-and-coming stars to be excited about their work, not fame.

The 39-year-old actress has been working since the early 90s and has five Oscar nominations, and one win, under her belt. During her time in the limelight she's seen a vast amount change, and she isn't sure how she'd deal with things like social media if she was starting out. That makes her feel protective of youngsters such as Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, who she stars alongside in the Divergent franchise.

"I do feel a sense of just wanting to make sure that they keep it all in perspective, because it’s very easy to lose perspective in this business. It really is. And I think now more than ever, it’s harder for young actors to stay strong and clear-headed and sane and excited about the work as opposed to excited about the fame," she told New York Daily News.

One of Kate's biggest movies is also one of her first; Titanic, which she co-starred in with Leonardo DiCaprio. It came out in 1997 before things like Twitter were around, and Kate is amazed that she managed to stay "unaffected by it" when she looks back.

Nowadays things are different, but Kate has accepted that. She does do what she can to show people that fame isn't the be all and end all though. Part of that is being honest about her body, which Kate thinks more people should be.

The actress has three children, her youngest being 15-month-old son Bear with her husband Ned Rocknroll.

"I’m very aware of the fact that there are lots and lots of media outlets that will say, ‘Oh look, she looks so great and only eight weeks post-baby.' I look at that and I think, ‘That’s not possible,'" she said.

“And it makes me very, very sad - that those women do succumb and do feel some level of pressure. It’s nice to get your health back, it’s nice to eventually get your figure back. But guess what? Newsflash everybody: it took me a year to get it back 100 per cent... I very much enjoyed being able to say out loud, ‘You won’t see me get back in shape shortly post baby thank you very much.’”

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