Titanic’s Kate Winslet Recalls Meeting Leonardo DiCaprio


  • Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio immediately clicked and had amazing on-screen chemistry in Titanic.
  • DiCaprio brought a youthful and magnetic energy to his role as Jack in the film.
  • The performances of Winslet and DiCaprio helped make Titanic a beloved and enduring romance film.



Kate Winslet describes what it was like working with Leonardo DiCaprio for the first time on the set of Titanic. Playing Rose and Jack, respectively, Winslet and DiCaprio played the central lovers in the iconic 1997 James Cameron film. Titanic was a box-office juggernaut and is still one of the most beloved romance films to date.

In a clip from Entertainment Tonight, Winslet explains what it was like to work with DiCaprio on Titanic. According to Winslet, she and DiCaprio “clicked immediately, right away.” She described DiCaprio as having “this effervescent energy that was really magnetic.” Check out the full quote from Winslet below:

Once I started working with Leo, we were able to kind of find our own rhythm. And it’s amazing to kind of look back and think about it all over again. [We] clicked immediately, right away.

He was this kind of a mess of long, skinny, uncoordinated limbs, and he was just very free with himself, and he had this effervescent energy that was really magnetic. And I remember thinking, ‘Oh, this is gonna be fun. We’re definitely gonna get along.’ And we just really did. We just really did.

Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio’s On-Screen Chemistry Helped Give Titanic Its Legacy

Jack holding Rose from behind as she holds her arms out wide in Titanic.

Looking at Titanic, Winslet’s description of DiCaprio rings true. At 23 years old, DiCaprio brought a youthful, “very free,” energy to the role. Though he was already an Oscar-nominated actor even before the role (for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape in 1994), DiCaprio was still a newer star when he played Jack. This made his performance even more refreshing, as he was a newer face to many audiences seeing Titanic in theaters.


Titanic Cast & Character Guide

James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster includes a stellar cast playing some timeless fictional characters and a few real-life historical personalities.

Combined with Winslet’s composed approach to the loving, sweet character of Rose, DiCaprio’s Jack was even more alluring. Featuring iconic scenes such as Jack drawing Rose to him embracing her as they feel like they are on top of the world, DiCaprio and Winslet’s performances made the characters’ chemistry feel all the more believable. The actors’ relationship was so strong on screen that the two went on to play a couple again in 2008’s Revolutionary Road.

It is these incredible performances that helped give Titanic its enduring legacy. The performances make the film what it is and cement the characters and story as one of the most beloved of all time. Titanic is also seen as a major launching point for both DiCaprio and Winslet as well, which has also become part of its legacy. As Titanic continues to be viewed en masse, it is great to know that the on-screen closeness between DiCaprio and Winslet was paralleled off-screen.

Source: Entertainment Tonight

  • Titanic poster


    Release Date:

    James Cameron

    David Warner, Kathy Bates, Billy Zane, Bill Paxton, Bernard Hill, Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gloria Stuart, Frances Fisher, Victor Garber


    3h 14m

    Drama, Romance

    James Cameron

    A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic. This is based on the real-life disaster, though its main characters and story are entirely fictional.Originally pegged to be an unmitigated disaster due to its soaring production costs, Titanic went on to become one of the most successful films ever-made. It broke box office records, grossing $600.7 million in its original domestic run, and tied an Academy record by taking home 11 Oscars – including Best Picture and Best Director for James Cameron. It earned a total of 14 nominations, losing only Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Makeup. 


    200 million

    Paramount Pictures, 20th Century

    Paramount Pictures, 20th Century


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