Kate Winslet on Leonardo DiCaprio: “He Always Saw Me As One of the Boys,” We Never “Snogged”

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet at the 2009 Golden Globes
Kate Winslet spoke about Leonardo DiCaprio. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

We'll never let go of the idea of Rose and Jack! More than 16 years after the release of Titanic, Kate Winslet opened up about her on-screen love Leonardo DiCaprio, and whether anything romantic ever went down between the two off camera.

"I think the reason that friendship works is because there was never any romantic thing," Winslet, 38, told Marie Claire UK for a November issue cover story interview.

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Winslet and DiCaprio appeared in Titanic in their early 20s, playing the star-crossed lovers Rose and Jack aboard the doomed ship. Though they've voiced their affection for one another multiple times in the years since — DiCaprio even walked her down the aisle at her 2012 wedding to husband Ned Rocknroll — Winslet maintained in her Marie Claire interview that there has never been anything more between the two. 

"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," she continued. "He always saw me as one of the boys. I've never really been a girly-girl." 

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While they never became romantically involved, Winslet touched on the emotional connection that she and DiCaprio, now 39, formed while making the Oscar-winning film and later, dealing the with ensuing pandemonium that came with the release of Titanic. The massive hit brought in more than $2 billion at the worldwide box office.  

"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," she said. 

DiCaprio has gone on the record with his love for Winslet in the past. "She's the greatest person," he told USA Today of Winslet. "She's so genuine. I love that girl."

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