London Evening Standard - February 7, 2014


Leonardo DiCaprio: Kate Winslet is 'such a real woman'

Former Titanic co-star says he is still close friends with Kate Winslet

by Jack Simpson


This ship isn't sinking: Leo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet are still good friends


They made their names as the iconic lovers Jack and Rose in James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster Titanic and according to Leonardo DiCaprio his friendship with Kate Winslet did not go down with the ship after filming.

DiCaprio said that he ‘never let go’ of his Kate Winlet’s relationship after filming ended and still regards her as one of the most real women in Hollywood.

Asked to comment on the pair’s friendship by The Daily Mail the Wolf of Wall Street star said “"I feel the same about her. It's been fantastic, honestly, having someone who is my age, and such a real woman."

He added: "Her husband's awesome, the kids are great, but I don't get to see her as much as I wish."

So close are the two that DiCaprio has even allowed Winslet and her family to stay in his house in LA while he is away.

Speaking to The Mail he also commented on the loss of Philip Seymour-Hoffman to the film industry.

He said: “I didn't know him on a personal level, but his work was just astounding. We've lost one of the greats, we really have."

The death of Hoffman as a result of a drug overdose is particularly significant when you consider the fact that DiCaprio himself played a the debauched stockbroker Jordan Belfort in his latest film, 'The Wolf of Wall Street'.

Explaining how he was able to detach himself from his "personal vanity" to immerse himself in some of the more shocking scenes, which include nudity and narcotics use he said:

"The truth is, I really did everything. It was all me. There were no doubles. Hey, man, I'm playing a modern-day Roman emperor and I'm going to play the hell out of this guy, and anything goes.

"You detach any sense of who you are form the whole process, and just get an excuse to do anything - and so I did! Trust me, there were times when I had to stop and think, 'What am I about to do in this sequence!'

"But then I'd tell myself that I'm playing a character. I'm not going to put my own personal vanity into that process. I did - and showed - whatever I had to."