Kate Winslet will be reuniting with James Cameron on the Avatar sequel, which is surprising to hear considering she had such a difficult time working with him on Titanic.
Winslet has talked about the fact that she has struggled with body image issues, having grown up overweight and being nicknamed “Blubber.” She later lost the weight, but according to Rolling Stone, James Cameron mocked her on the set of Titanic, giving her the nickname “Kate Weighs-a-Lot.” Earlier this year, Winslet gave a speech about overcoming bullying, in which she said that she was able to break into Hollywood even without a “perfect body.”
“I learned to embrace my flaws, to make no apology for who I am,” Winslet said. “I dug deep and I decided that I simply wouldn’t listen when they said my body didn’t fit. This is who I am, the real me, Kate from Reading.”
Aside from just the nickname, Winslet told Rolling Stone of “harrowing near-drownings, and lots and lots of yelling” on the set of Titanic. She also told The Los Angeles Times immediately after Titanic wrapped production, “I would only work for Jim Cameron again for a lot of money.” Winslet later said that this quote had been misinterpreted.
In 2012, Winslet confirmed that James Cameron frequently lost his temper on the set of Titanic, although this time she said that he was justified in doing so and that he didn’t just yell at her.
“Yes, he lost his temper, but he only ever lost his temper for really, really good reasons,” Winslet said. “Like we would spend days literally setting up a shot, and if someone isn’t doing his job and dumps water 10 seconds too late, then we’ve got to start over. Yeah, I could understand that man getting a little ticked off.”
Winslet also told BBC in 2012 that Cameron was difficult to work with, though it was for a good reason.
“It was really, really tough,” Winslet said. “Jim Cameron didn’t go around yelling at people and hitting us. He was just a very demanding director of his actors and his crew, because he wanted the best. So he never actually lost his temper for nothing.”
It sounds like the experience was difficult enough that Winslet didn’t want to sign up for more back in 1997, but 20 years later, she’s ready to work with Cameron again on the upcoming Avatar sequel. Deadline originally reported that Winslet would be boarding the project, with Cameron saying, “Kate and I have been looking for something to do together for 20 years, since our collaboration on Titanic, which was one of the most rewarding of my career. I can’t wait to see her bring the character of Ronal to life.”
It’s not clear at this time whether Winslet will be in all of the Avatar sequels or just one of them. Cameron is currently shooting the second Avatar movie, but as soon as that’s over, he will shoot the third, fourth, and fifth film.