Leonardo Dicaprio Says That Kate Winslet is His Favorite On-Screen Kissing Partner

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet have a bond like no other. Yet despite their sparkling romance on-screen, behind the scenes, they are a lot more like siblings than star-crossed lovers. But still, regardless of their platonic bond, DiCaprio says that his favorite on-screen kiss of all time was with Winslet.

Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio
Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Kate Winslet convinced Leonardo DiCaprio to star in ‘Titanic’

Despite Titanic being the film to launch DiCaprio’s stardom, the actor hesitated to accept his role as Jack Dawson. According to the actor, he had just starred in Romeo + Juliet, and he was worried about being typecast strictly for romantic roles.

But nevertheless, Winslet was able to persuade him into accepting the part. She even confessed in a 1998 interview with Rolling Stone that she wouldn’t have done the movie without him.

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As the magazine reports,

“When DiCaprio waffled about signing to play Jack, and both actors were at the Cannes Film Festival, Winslet discovered where DiCaprio was staying, slipped out of a press junket, and collared him in his hotel room.

‘I was thinking, ‘I’m going to persuade him to do this because I’m not doing it without him, and that’s all there is to it,’ Winslet says. ‘I will have him.’ Because he is f*cking brilliant. He’s a f*cking genius, and that was absolutely why.” 

Leonardo DiCaprio said his favorite on-screen kiss was with Kate Winslet

DiCaprio has kissed many beautiful actresses, from Margot Robbie to Claire Danes. Yet his all-time favorite on-screen kiss was shared with his off-screen BFF.

In an interview with Oprah in 2004, a woman in the audience asked DiCaprio his favorite on-screen kissing partner. 

DiCaprio didn’t take long to come up with a response: “I’m going to go with Kate Winslet,” he said. “Good old, classic…”

Yet, according to Winslet, DiCaprio was lying through his teeth when he said this. In an interview with Extra, she said, “He said I was the best kiss that he ever had on-screen. I can tell you right now he hated it. And he would complain bitterly (whenever they had to kiss.)”

Why did Leonardo DiCaprio ‘hate’ kissing his ‘Titanic’ co-star?

It turns out, the reason DiCaprio supposedly didn’t enjoy kissing his co-star had nothing to do with her smooching skills. The only reason he “complained” about their lip-locking scenes was because their makeup would always get smooshed together.

According to the actors, they both wore drastically different colored foundations throughout the movie, and the base would get mixed. 

“I would have a different color base than she did,” said DiCaprio, “and our makeup would swap.” 

“I would end up with this really unattractive brown-orange color,” Winslet chimed in.

“Because I had to be the tan outdoorsy-man,” explained DiCaprio, “while she was the pale aristocrat.” 

Yet despite their lack of enthusiasm for the makeup-swapping kissing scenes, the two remain incredibly close friends to this very day.

In fact, Winslet has even called DiCaprio her “closest friend in the world.” Meanwhile, DiCaprio referred to Winslet as his “Favorite actress in the industry.”