Kate Winslet Says Ozempic “Sounds Terrible” and Talks Overcoming an Eating Disorder: “I Never Told Anyone”

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Kate Winslet revealed this week that she overcame an eating disorder earlier in her career, saying she didn’t speak to anyone about the affliction at the time. The actress also said she was horrified to learn about the oft-discussed weight loss drug Ozempic.

“I never told anyone about it,” Winslet told The New York Times Magazine of the disordered eating. “Because guess what — people in the world around you go: ‘Hey, you look great! You lost weight!’ So even the compliment about looking good is connected to weight.”

Now, however, Winslet explained that she doesn’t allow anyone to speak about her weight, in good or bad terms. “If they do, I pull them up straight away,” she said.

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Winslet’s comments come amid ongoing public discourse about the merits of Ozempic, the diabetes drug now frequently taken off-label for weight loss, which the actress said she hadn’t heard much about.

“Oh my God. This sounds terrible,” Winslet said in response to learning about the drug’s effect as an appetite suppressant. “Let’s eat some more things!”

Winslet currently stars as Chancellor Elena Vernham in HBO’s geopolitical satire The Regime. She told The Hollywood Reporter this week that she had “never come across a character so unique, so unusual, so sort of unimaginable and dislikable” but added that she didn’t want Elena to be a “shrill, shouty person.”

“That’s not interesting to me,” she said. “It needed to feel that there is a veneer or exterior to her that should make you feel really uneasy, and shaky.”

The result was something Winslet had “never done before,” she said. “I’ve got to really scare myself. I have to really challenge myself.”

Challenging oneself seems to come naturally to Winslet. “It is living at the absolute edges of the physical lengths to which one can go to feel the most exhilarated and alive,” she told NYT Mag. The result, she says, can help everyone — especially women — feel more empowered. “To believe that you are worth it is something we can all help each other to do,” she said. “And perhaps as we all walk through the world, we can show up for each other without judgment.”

The Regime releases new episodes Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO.


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