Sunday night at the BAFTAs, Kate Winslet won the award for best supporting actress for her role in Steve Jobs. And while her acceptance speech on stage praised her fellow nominees ("it has been an extraordinary year for women…I really am quite overwhelmed, actually"), she expanded it backstage to include all young women. Drawing from her own experience, Kate made a powerful statement on overcoming self-doubt:
I often, in a moment like that one, I find myself afterwards thinking I should've said something—when I was younger, when I was only 14, I was told by a drama teacher that I might do okay if I was happy to settle for the fat girl parts. Look at me now! Look at me now.
And so what I feel like saying in those moments is, to any young woman who has ever been put down by a teacher or a friend or even a parent, just don't listen to any of it. Because that's what I did. I didn't listen, and I kept on going, and I overcame all of my fears, and I got over a lot of insecurity. And just keep doing it, and keep believing in yourself, you know? That's what I felt like I really had to dig deep and do. So I would dedicate it to all those young women who doubt themselves because you shouldn't be doubting, you should just be going for it.
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