She's the holder of this year's Oscar for Best Actress and an acknowledged beauty.
But inside Kate Winslet says she still feels like the fat schoolgirl who was nicknamed Blubber and locked in the art cupboard.
‘I was bullied for being chubby. Where are they now!’ she tells this month's Marie Claire.
‘I had, “No one will ever fancy me!"... well into my teens. Even now I do not consider myself to be some kind of great, sexy beauty. Absolutely not.'
But mother-of-two Kate says she has come to terms with her body as she has grown older: 'I don’t mind the way I’m ageing.... I think I look my age, and that’s fine.
'I don’t think I look younger than 33 and I don’t think I look particularly older than 33. I think I’m sort of holding it together.’
Kate, who reclines on a bed in a figure-hugging black dress, also admits that she sometimes has a little help getting camera-ready.
'I do think it’s important for young women to know that magazine covers are retouched. People don’t really look like that.
'In films I might look glamorous, but I’ve been in hair and make-up for two hours; someone’s been lighting a scene for three hours.
'With the nudity in The Reader, for example, even I was like, “Damn, I look good.” And that was the lighting – it was a bit of body make-up. I don’t believe in pretending those things don’t go on.’
Kate is married to director Sam Mendes, and lives with their son Joe, five, and Winslet’s daughter Mia, eight, in homes in New York and Windsor.
But the Reading-born star says they have been considering moving their families back to Britain on a more permanent basis - in order to be nearer their families.
‘Mum would hate this if she read it, but our parents are getting on now,' she said.
Speaking about her childhood, Kate described how she was raised with three siblings in a small terraced house - and insists she is working class.
But she said the general public do not refer to her as a working class hero 'because I speak nice.'
'People think I'm lying,' she added.
She also recalled a teenage audition in which a director refused to believe she was from Reading due to her accent.
She said: 'He went, "I hope you are not as dishonest in your work as you are about your own life." I was shocked.'
In the past Kate has insisted that she 'didn't have a privileged upbringing' and that their daily life was 'very hand to mouth'.
Her grandparents ran the Reading Repertory Theatre, and her uncle, Robert Bridges, appeared in the original West End production of Oliver!. Her sisters, Beth Winslet and Anna Winslet, are also actresses.
Mail Online reported.