Kate Winslet would have been ‘upset & disgusted if I had come from wealth’

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Kate Winslet talks a lot of nonsense. I don’t want to offend anyone when I say this, but… I get the feeling that Kate isn’t very bright? I’ll put it another way: I don’t think she’s as clever as she thinks she is. I always think back to this interview she gave where she talked about quitting therapy when she realized she could “outsmart” her therapist. She also lied about how she gave birth to her daughter Mia… for no real reason. There are other little lies that just accumulate and leave the impression that A) Winslet is a fantasist and B) she talks a lot of nonsense. Anyway, Kate participated in the UK version of Who Do You Think You Are?, the show where celebrities work with genealogists to trace back their ancestry. Winslet comes from Swedish peasant stock, and she couldn’t be happier about that because even though she worth tens of millions of dollars, she wants everyone to know that at heart she really is just a working class peasant.

She now lives in a £4.1million Sussex mansion and is worth an estimated £62million. But Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet has revealed she would be ‘upset’ and ‘disgusted’ if she discovered that her ancestors had been rich or royal. The Titanic star, 43, told how her ‘socialist’ parents ‘frowned upon the wealthy’ after tracing her family tree for the new series of the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?

‘I would have been upset and disgusted if I had come from wealth or royalty,’ she told the Radio Times. ‘There was never any money in our family, but I always felt very fortunate because I came from a lovely, wonderful, loving family. My roots are socialist, working class and, in a funny way, my parents frowned upon the wealthy.’

She learned that her maternal great-great-grandfather came to the UK from Sweden in 1884 to work as a tailor, a fact which “basically means I’m an immigrant”. The most heartbreaking discovery for Winslet was that her great-great-great-great-grandfather, Anders Jonsson, was imprisoned in Sweden for stealing potatoes and honey to feed his family; one of his five children died from malnutrition. He died in prison from typhoid. He was kept as a “slave” in Sweden, where he worked as a groom and was paid not in money but in tokens which could only be exchanged on the estate owned by his employer.

Winslet said: “Mum and Dad went to Oxford for their honeymoon and we always had holidays out of the back of the van with a tent.” She told Radio Times that discovering how poor her ancestors were made sense of her life. “I come from a long line of impoverished people on both sides of my family, which perhaps explains why I’ve tried to instil my parents’ values into my kids. People never believe me, but my children aren’t over-privileged. We just don’t live like that. They are very balanced. Humble.” Winslet has three children, the youngest with Edward Abel Smith, nephew of Sir Richard Branson and previously known as Ned Rocknroll.

[From The Daily Mail & The Telegraph]

Yes, everyone knows that one should only research your genealogy to reconfirm your preconceived notions about socioeconomics. Kate Winslet is such a poseur, right? She’s basically an immigrant, people! She’s basically a peasant, please praise her for being super RILL. It also bugs me that Kate would truly be angry if she learned that she maybe had a king or queen or aristocrat in her lineage too – I come from a long line of Indian communists, politicians, doctors and intellectuals, but here I am, a late-stage capitalist who writes gossip for a living in a declining empire. My point: your genealogy doesn’t define you. This focus on learning about your ancestry should be an interesting exercise in discovering more about your family, not an excuse to brag about how humble you are.

PS… I can’t help but remember when Gwyneth did the American version of this show and on her mother’s side, she came from peasant stock and Gwyneth was SO MAD. But then on her father’s side, Gwyneth was basically Jewish royalty, so that made her happy.

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  1. ME says:

    But she’s rich now and she has kids sooo should her kids feel “disgusted”?

  2. Lightpurple says:

    So, does she look down on her husband?

  3. perplexed says:

    I didn’t understand the immigrant comment, bug maybe she’s trying to say she’s not actually an English Rose? Yeah, I don’t know – — I got nothing. Because of how the class structure works in England, I could see her being genuinely mortified by being born wealthy. I feel maybe the cultural context of how she grew up may inform her view. Then again, she is rich now… and if she had been born rich, she wouldn’t know any other existence. Maybe she’s not that articulate despite the accent….I do think some people despise the entitlement of the wealthy even if they are wealthy themselves though. She could genuinely dislike someone like David Cameron if she’s read what his university days were like.

    • perplexed says:

      To add: when I read the full article some of her comments sounded a little less strange in context of what she was finding out about herself. In isolation, her comments sound super weird, but when she made the comment about being an immigrant in relation to how refugees are termed today I think she was trying to sound helpful. I think you have to read the full article to see how her comments were made even if they’re not articulate.

      If her parents instilled in her a dislike of the wealthy, I could see why she’d be mortified to find out she was secretly royal. That attitude seems to come from her upbringing, not necessarily being dumb (I know she’s dumb about other things, but money seems to have been some kind of issue in her family)

  4. minx says:

    No one has control over their ancestors, so it’s pretty pointless to wish they were this or that. I agree, I don’t think she’s very smart. She’s bright enough to act and manage scripts and make her way in her business, but I don’t know why she has to make these stupid declarative pronouncements when nobody asked.

  5. Savannah says:

    Interesting that she doesn’t look at the trauma of poverty being passed on from one generation to another. Instead she sees life through the same perspective as her great grandparents, grandparents and parents.

    And that comment about how it’s funny to hate on wealthy people, that Kate, that’s called conditioning and it’s not being ‘down to earth’.

    You can inherit emotional trauma from poverty and it can be passed on as ‘being so real and cool’ but instead it’s judgy and keeping you down and away from the true potential of who you are and what your life can look like.

    Kate should do a bit more therapy and work on the preconsieved ideas she has about how it’s better to be poor than rich. Especially now when she is in fact, rich and wealthy.

  6. AnnaKist says:

    Yeah, sure you would have, Kate. Sure you would. 🙄

  7. Mumbles says:

    This one’s the worst. I’ve been rolling my eyes at her pretentious nonsense for years. When she and DiCaprio were doing a promo tour for Revolutionary Road a few years ago, she sounded like Edina from AbFab (“Sweetie darling….”) She carries on about him like they’re the best of friends – crying when he won his Oscar – based on doing two movies together (one over twenty years ago). And then there’s her own Oscar speech (“it’s not a shampoo bottle now!”)

    And it goes without saying that if you come from a wealthy background, and do good things with your privilege…you’re a lot better than some nouveau riche actor who talks a lot of crap and doesn’t seem to do a lot of anything else. Lol at “my grandfather came to the UK in the 1880s so I’m basically an immigrant.”

    Funny fact about that Paltrow genealogy episode. Turns out on her mother’s side, her great x 10 grandmother was the only female on a ship manifest coming from one of the English-settled Caribbean islands. The genealogist said, without saying it, that back in the day a ship would take one female passenger to, er, uh, service the crew members. Hey, sex work is work too.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      Omg, and when she said Leo just got fatter over the years, while she herself got skinnier! And, you can’t get mad at her because she’s just “taking the piss out of him.”

      Well, Kate has LIED about getting plastic surgery, LIED about her c-section to make herself look better than other women, LIED about her role in “saving” Branson’s mother, LIED about how she’s gotten skinnier over the years, etc. And hugging and kissing Roman Polanski on stage because he can help her career, just disgusted me.

      She’s a lying, mean, self-centered, insecure woman who can PRETEND (through her competent acting skills) to be a better than person than she really is. But don’t get mad at me, I’m just taking the piss out of her!

  8. Cee says:

    Looking back at your family tree can be very humbling. My italian great grandfather died shortly after arriving from Genova. His apartment’s kitchen caught fire, he evacuated his family and died 5 days later. He was my age. Other great grandparents escaped the “great” russian empire because they were jewish. They were able to start over and live a comfortable middle class existence, free to practice their religion and culture.
    We are not our ancestors but learning their life can be enlightening and appreciate our own lives.

  9. Turtledove says:

    I like her onscreen, have enjoyed her roles. But oh my god…shut up! You are LOADED beyond Loaded…doesn’t much matter what your financial history is going way back. You would be disgusted if your great, great, great, great grandmother was a Queen? But your current bank account is just fine because….why, exactly?

    She is an idiot.

  10. Digital Unicorn says:

    I don’t mind Kate in small doses and she is a good actress who has some great roles under her belt but she really really tries too hard. I’ve always felt she’s a wannabe Emma Thompson.

  11. Giddy says:

    She must feel absolutely tortured when vacationing on Necker Island with Sir Richard Branson. All that luxury, all those wealthy and famous guests, are so difficult to endure. So how does she help her children feel upset and disgusted at their privileged lives? Perhaps Branson lets them set up a lemonade stand on Necker to earn pocket money. (water by Evian, Meyer lemons)

  12. Tami says:

    My dad is a genealogist, and does a ton of volunteer work for others wanting to investigate their family history. He consults with a lot of the “big” genealogy companies, and works one-on-one with individuals who want to know how to get started. That being said, he will tell you that nearly every single person with European roots (however far back those roots go), is connected to royalty. I have no doubt KW is too, although apparently it doesn’t suit her brand to acknowledge that. The show focuses on the most dramatic aspects of a person’s lineage to make it interesting to viewers. It’s much more compelling to discuss her GGGGGF who died in prison after stealing food for his family, rather than showing the big picture of genealogy, which is that all Euro ancestors were, at the minimum, connected to royalty. Did they tell her about her royal connections and she chooses to ignore that, or did they not even tell her because her “story” doesn’t align to those facts? I have no idea.

  13. Darya says:

    Twitter is having fun with this story.

  14. paranormalgirl says:

    Oh for crying out loud, get over yourself, Winslet.

  15. MissAmerica says:

    Loving the $5000+ Prada handbag in the bottom pic. So “humble”.

  16. Shazze says:

    Yes, loads of socialist peasants live in £62million homes.