While Winslet, 47, spoke with Vogue magazine for an interview conducted before the Screen Actors Guild went on strike in July, about her new World War II-set drama Lee, including some of its nude scenes.
“I know better than to waste precious energy on criticizing my physical self,” she said. “I think any woman is better off just saying: I believe in myself. It doesn’t matter what other people think; this is who I am — let’s get on with it.”
Lee, which stars the Oscar winner as the model-turned-war-photographer Lee Miller, includes scenes in which Winslet recreates a famous photo of Miller's in which she is topless.
“You know I had to be really f---ing brave about letting my body be its softest version of itself and not hiding from that,” Winslet said.
“And believe me, people amongst our own team would say, ‘You might just want to sit up a bit,' " she added. "And I’d go, ‘Why? [Because of] the bit of flesh you can see? No, that’s the way it’s going to be!’ "
The Titanic actress said her own disinterest in adhering to beauty stereotypes relates to how she feels she was treated early in her career.
"I think it probably stems from having been subjected to the most awful scrutiny and judgment, and, actually, I would go so far as to say bullying, from mainstream media when I was in my 20s," Winslet said.
Lee, making its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, also stars Alexander Skarsgård, Andrea Riseborough, Marion Cotillard, Josh O'Connor and Andy Samberg. Winslet plays Miller, who reported for Vogue throughout the entirety of World War II.
While she did not sustain serious injuries, the spokesperson said Winslet "slipped and was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure required by the production." Winslet resumed filming as planned following the incident.
Lee does not yet have a scheduled release date within the U.S., though Sky Cinema does plan to release the movie in the United Kingdom, according to Variety.