The actress also revealed that director James Cameron sketched her nude scene.
In honor of Titanic’s 20th anniversary, Kate Winslet revisited her time on The Ship of Dreams with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show Thursday night.
Ready to share fun facts from filming, Winslet jokingly revealed that she “never” listens to Celine Dion’s Titanic theme song “My Heart Will Go On.” The actress also explained that she and her co-star, Leonardo DiCaprio, improvised their iconic love scene in the film.
“I don’t think it was scripted. We came up with it,” Winslet explained of the infamous sweaty-handprint moment, adding that she and DiCaprio were “spritzed down” to make them appear sweaty.
Although it was rumored that she got pneumonia after filming scenes in the water, Winslet clarified that she actually got hypothermia. “You were really cold?” Colbert asked surprised of the actress’s statement. “Yes, I was really f—-ing cold!” Winslet yelled.
With Colbert unable to comprehend why the water was made so cold when it was only “pretend,” Winslet elaborated. “There were lots of big tanks and there was lots of water and that amount of water, I think honestly, they couldn’t heat it. There was just too much of it.”
Continuing to poke fun at the actress, Colbert asked whether she could keep a straight face when her character said, “Draw me like one of your French girls.”
“What kind of question is that?” Winslet said, visibly taken aback by the question, later explaining that she didn’t and she “should’ve laughed.” Winslet also said that while her children have only seen “half” of the film, she covered her son’s eyes during her nude scene.
Despite DiCaprio’s Jack Dawson being shown sketching a nude picture of the actress in the film, Winslet revealed that it was actually the film’s director, James Cameron, who was the artist behind the sketch. “Maybe no one knows that until this moment right now,” Winslet said. “And he did sketch me, but he actually sketched me in a bathing suit.”
In the film, Winslet’s Rose famously tells Jack “I’ll never let go,” something Colbert was quick to argue that she did in fact do, in letting go of his hand after he passed away. “I agree. I lie. I fully lie. I hold my hand up and I let him go. Plus, he should have just tried harder to get on that door,” Winslet joked of the theory that Jack could’ve fit on the stranded door with Rose to avoid freezing to death.
Attempting to compensate for Jack’s death, Winslet and Colbert reenacted the scene, using Colbert’s desk as the door. “Promise me… you’ll let me get up on that door with you,” Colbert told Winslet, as she holds his hands. “Come on darling! There’s room for two!” Winslet shouted, as she and Colbert maneuver on the desk so both of them can lay on it.