During the filming of Titanic, Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio became best friends.
And while one of the greatest cinematic love stories of all times can be shared by Jack and Rose, the actors who portray them are purely platonic. Their relationship is actually so sibling-like that DiCaprio hated kissing her in the film, according to Winslet. She claims that he complained repeatedly about it.
On the other hand, DiCaprio has a different take.
Initially, Kate Winslet was really afraid of working with Leonardo DiCaprio
Winslet was just a 19-year-old girl from a small town in England before she landed the part in James Cameron’s masterful film. She worked in a sandwich shop and was regularly mocked for wanting to star in movies by her classmates. DiCaprio was, meanwhile, already a Hollywood star. (He was best known at the time for his roles in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” and “Romeo + Juliet.”)
‘Titanic’: Jack and Rose should have been played by Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder.
In an interview with Oprah, Winslet reveals that she was deeply overwhelmed by the prospect of working next to DiCaprio. In the midst of their on-screen relationship, she felt she would fall in love with him.
But luckily, Winslet knew how down-to-earth he was, and as partners, they hit it off instantly.
“I probably felt the way all the women in the audience did with Leonardo DiCaprio,” she told the talk show host. “At first I thought, ‘Ugh, how am I going to work with this beautiful man who is such a brilliant actor?’ And then I met him, and he really is so lovely and down-to-earth and normal and so good at what he does.”
Kate Winslet says her kissing scenes are “hated” by Leonardo DiCaprio, but Leonardo DiCaprio says otherwise.
The Titanic was named the dream ship, and so it was. Really it was. The Real Reason Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet Never Met (#ValentinesDay pic.twitter.com/fZ3n8H01mC- Titanic (@TitanicMovie) February 14, 2018
DiCaprio was asked to name his favourite on-screen kissing partner in a 2004 interview with Oprah. It didn’t take long for him to get an answer: “I’ll go with Kate Winslet,” he said. “Good old, classic…”
But Winslet had to quickly deny it, despite his sweet response. She said in an interview with Extra, “I can tell you right now that he hated it,” she revealed about her kiss. Winslet went on to say during their lip kiss scenes that he would “complain bitterly”.
DiCaprio answered that the only thing he “hated” was the fact that during the kiss their makeup was “switched”
They evidently had distinct colored foundations, DiCaprio said, and their makeup would be ruined by the kissing scenes.
To this day, the ‘Titanic’ stars remain best friends.
Wishing director @JimCameron a happy birthday! “Pic.twitter.com/jvDAobQrhZ- Titanic (@TitanicMovie) August 16, 2019 “Titanic” has been entering theaters for decades, but Winslet and DiCaprio are still best friends. Winslet also called her “closest friend in the world.” DiCaprio.
Need evidence? They still frequently text each other Titanic quotations, according to Winslet.
While ‘Titanic’ was not an overnight success when it premiered 20 years ago, @davidlsims writes that, for one reason: the happy ending, many fans kept coming back to see the epic disaster romance film. She revealed to Glamour, https://t.co/MJgNjvFWzn pic.twitter.com/9ldY69rOh6- The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) December 19, 2017
“We found ourselves saying to each other, ‘Can you imagine if the world really knew the stupid things we say? I won’t reveal what we actually talk about, but yes, we’re very, very close, and sometimes we quote a Titanic line or two to each other because only we can, and we think it’s really funny.”
It’s not getting any sweeter, folks, than that.