Why Leonardo Dicaprio Said That Kate Winslet Would Let Him ‘Strangle Her Until She Passes Out’

Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio have been best friends for over 20 years. And because the two are so close, they’re incredibly comfortable while acting in movie roles together. According to DiCaprio, they trust each other so much that Winslet will let him “strangle her” in a scene without hesitation.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet at the Los Angeles Premiere of 'Revolutionary Road'
Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet at the Los Angeles Premiere of ‘Revolutionary Road’ | Gregg DeGuire/WireImage

Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio became best friends on the set of ‘Titanic’

At first, Winslet was terrified of working with DiCaprio in Titanic. The idea of working with such a talented, seasoned actor was quite intimidating for Winslet, who was a newcomer to the film industry. Yet fortunately, the two instantly connected and became best friends on day 1. In fact, they became so close that Winslet could practically read DiCaprio’s mind on the set of James Cameron’s film.

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“One night, very late, Winslet and DiCaprio were lying on the deck during a break,” Rolling Stone reports. “An assistant approached for food orders. ‘Leo was so tired,’ Winslet recalls; he had his head on her stomach and asked for a sandwich. The assistant asked, ‘What do you want on it?’ and Leo said, ‘Oh, Kate will tell you.’ And Leo just kind of fell asleep. ‘And I did know exactly what he wanted, this kind of cheese and no tomato and no pickle. I absolutely knew. And I thought, ‘God, that’s really weird that I know this person so well.’ It was brilliant.”

Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio have a ‘telepathic connection’

In 2008, DiCaprio and Winslet had the chance to act alongside each other again in Revolutionary Road. And because they’ve known each other for so long, they pretty much know exactly what the other person is thinking.

“Leo and I do have an almost telepathic connection because we’ve known each other for such a long time and have remained friends consistently over all of these years,” Winslet tells Parade Magazine via PopSugar. “I know how Leo thinks. I know how he works, as he does with me. Sometimes, to twist the scene around, Sam would quietly say to Leo, ‘Just surprise her; try this thing.’ Or he would come to me and say, ‘Try this — don’t tell him you’re going to do it.’ So he would have to do that so that Leo and I were able to keep it fresh and alive.”

And because they are so close, they’re able to go to extreme lengths with each other when it comes to their acting scenes.
“We were very interested to let it go and see where it went. I was like, ‘If you want to smash me up, OK, you want to smash me up,'” said Winslet at a Q&A session, according to The Guardian.
“We’re old friends, and we know where we can go with each other,” says DiCaprio in response. “She will let me strangle her until she literally passes out in the scene.”

Will Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio act in another film together?

After starring in Titanic and Revolutionary Road, some fans might wonder whether the two will act in another movie together. When DiCaprio was asked if he’d do another film with Winslet again, he said, “I’d love to. She’s my favorite actress in the industry. She’s actually hanging out with me tonight. We’re going to go to the afterparties together.”