Kate Winslets BAFTA Speech
In her acceptance speech at the BAFTAs recently, Kate Winslet revealed how a drama teacher told her that she would have to settle for “fat girl” parts, if she was to succeed as an actress.
“When I was younger, when I was 14, I was told by a drama teacher that I might do okay if I was happy to settle for the “fat girl” parts.
Look at me now, look at me now.
So what I feel like saying in those moments is, any young woman who has ever been put down by a teacher or a friend or even a parent, just don’t listen to any of it.
Because that’s what I did – I didn’t listen, and I kept on going, and I overcame all my fears and I got over a lot of insecurity. And just keep doing it and keep believing in yourself, that’s what I felt like I really had to dig deep and do.
So I would dedicate it to all those young women who doubt themselves, because you shouldn’t be doubting, you should just be going for it.”
Well, that teacher who, I’m sure has pretty much eaten his words, considering this talented actress has since scored herself 7 Academy Awards nominations, 1 Academy Award, an Emmy, a Grammy, a Critics Choice Award, 3 BAFTA’s, 4 Golden Globes, 3 Screen Actor Guild Awards, and 4 Empire Awards! Phew!!
Not bad for someone who apparently wasn’t going to succeed!
In the best “I told you so” and “ner ner ner” moment. Kate dedicated her BAFTA to teenage girls everywhere who are struggling with their insecurities.
One thing I have become acutely aware of as I have been raising my daughters, is that it doesn’t take much for their insecurities to show through.
All it takes is one misinterpreted comment, or perhaps something said in the heat of the moment, that can have them second guessing and doubting themselves and yes, sometimes this can be a daily struggle.
All kids, especially teenagers have their insecurities, it’s our job as parents and indeed their educators to help them discover ways of overcoming them.
Sometimes having a particular goal or dream in life, is what is pushing a that child to try and do their best, not willing to give up and believing in themselves.
What gives anyone the right to tell them that this effort is futile?
We need to encourage their dreams and give them something to strive for. Let them know that they can achieve anything they set their minds to and indeed smash that glass ceiling.
Along the way, teach them to ignore those negative and ill-informed comments.