It seemed to all a match made in heaven. When Katie Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio burst onto the big screen with the collossal commercial success that was James Cameron’s Titanic, Hollywood beckoned two fresh faced rising stars into its effervescent core.
The boyish DiCaprio won the hearts of women everywhere with his energetic, good looking, ever-so-slightly naive character in the movie, while Winslet played the socially superior, upper-class dame with a panache that belied her years.
Perhaps it was due to the heart-achingly romantic nature of Titanic, maybe it was the pair’s obvious on-screen chemistry; whether during steamy love scenes in the back of a car, or whirling around in each other’s arms on the dancefloor, it seemed that the couple were the perfect match, both on and off screen.
So convincing were the pair were as on-screen, many have seemed unable to separate the real from the imagined; sure that Winslet and DiCaprio must be romantically involved in reality as well as on the silver screen.
Movies like the ardent and highly passionate Revolutionary Road did nothing to abate fans’ fascination with the concept of the pair as a couple, nor did their obvious public affection and support for one another.
However, it would seem that not only was there never any romantic involvement between the pair, but that neither had seriously entertained the possiblity of such a notion, as Katie Winslet explains in an interview.
That would not be to say that the pair aren’t close, though. In fact, in an interview with Marie Claire, Winslet has explained exactly why herself and DiCaprio have never been romantically involved: “I think the reason that friendship works is because there was never any romantic thing”. As she continued;
It’s so disappointing for people to hear that, because in the soap opera of the Kate and Leo story we fell in love at first sight and had a million snogs, but actually we never did. He always saw me as one of the boys; I’ve never really been a girly-girl. We needed each other to lean on because we were very young and working all kinds of crazy bloody hours and it was a shock to the system.
While such comments might come as something of a disappointment to avid fans of the Titanic who have fallen deeply for the romantic pangs that so permeate the film, one would gently suggest that the pair’s friendship seems an incredibly valuable and supportive one.
One would also like to imagine that, were Winslet and DiCaprio stranded out at sea on a freezing cold night with nothing but a wooden door to cling on to, Winslet might be more ready to share the space than her on-screen character, who, ostensibly, appeared to hog the flotilla with a reckless abandon bordering on the absurd.