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Wed Mar 22 20:06:46 EDT 2017

Kate Winslet is standing up against childhood bullying by opening up about her own experience getting picked on as a kid.

Speaking at the fourth annual WE Day UK event at the SSE Arena in Wembley, London on Wednesday, the Oscar-winner told a crowd of about 12,000 that she was teased growing up because she wanted to be an actress.

“I had been bullied at school. They called me Blubber. Teased me for wanting to act. Locked me in the cupboard. Laughed at me,” she said.

“I was even told that I might be lucky with my acting, if I was happy to settle for the fat girl parts,” she added. “I felt that I wasn’t enough, I wasn’t good enough. I didn’t look right … and all because I didn’t fit into someone else’s idea of ‘perfect.’ I didn’t have the perfect body.”

The actress has been candid about her experiences with bullying in the past, and told the audience she “had to choose to rise above it all.” Winslet never let the bullying get in the way of her acting, and even if she didn’t get the best part, she never gave up.

“I would often get cast as the crocodile, or the scarecrow, or the dark fairy, I was even a dancing frog once,” she remembered. “But it didn’t matter. I still loved it. I loved acting. It didn’t matter how big or small the parts were. I wanted to be great and I was determined to keep learning.”

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She went on to recount the day her dedication finally paid off. “One day, I was cast as Rose in Titanic,” she said. “The most unlikely candidate, Kate from the sandwich shop in Reading, suddenly acting in one of the biggest movies ever made!”

Citing her success, Winslet encourage others to “get out there and go for it because your generation has the power to rock the world!” She added, “You can be from anywhere, and you can do anything. Believe it.”


Wed Mar 22 19:58:23 EDT 2017

After Bonner Bolton and pro partner Sharna Burgess brought the heat to the Dancing with the Stars ballroom on Monday evening, audiences were left wondering if things are sizzling between them off-camera.

On the season 24 premiere, Bolton and Burgess performed a steamy cowboy-themed cha cha. During the live show, while host Erin Andrews interviewed fellow competitors Nick Viall and Peta Murgatroyd, Twitter users caught bull rider Bolton, 29, absentmindedly putting his arm around his dancing partner’s waist as he gazed upwards at a screen. Cameras also caught his hand falling between Burgess’ thighs before she quickly and discreetly relocated it.

But despite the footage, both Bonner and Burgess assure that the grab was an unintentional mistake.

“I was watching Peta and Nick up there and I really had no idea. I knew it was her that bumped into me and I put my arm around her and I was turned to watch the TV screen and I felt her push my hand away and honestly had no idea,” Bolton told Extra.

“You can see when I move his hand that he had no idea where it was. He has no reaction and it was such an innocent mistake that was truly blown so far out of proportion,” added Burgess, 31. “I didn’t think anything of it. I also didn’t think the cameras were right on us at that point either until I saw my Twitter feed blow up. … He was mortified.”

Bonner also said that he has “all the respect in the world” for Burgess and that the mishap was “an honest mistake.”

So, is the duo anything more than an official DWTS pairing when the cameras aren’t rolling?

According to Burgess, no. “We are not a couple,” the pro dancer told Extra.

Speaking with PEOPLE after the show on Monday, Bolton admitted, “I was telling her before we started tonight, ‘I can’t look at you for too long. I might get distracted. That’s why I might miss some of my steps.’ She’s obviously beautiful.”

Burgess added: “Look, we have a lot of chemistry and we have a lot of fun, but first and foremost we are trying to do a really great job in this competition. I want Bonner to be around until the end and I want to take this man to the finale. That is our priority. Everyone is making a lot of our really obvious chemistry.”

Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.


Wed Mar 22 19:25:30 EDT 2017

Scotland Yard has identified the police officer who was shot and killed in a terrorist attack on Wednesday in London.

The officer, Keith Palmer, 48, was a member of the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command and served on the police force for 15 years before his death. He was a husband and father.

“Keith Palmer was killed while bravely doing his duty – protecting our city and the heart of our democracy from those who want to destroy our way of life,” London Mayor Sidiq Khan said in a statement.

Mark Rowley, the national lead for Counter Terrorism Policing and the Acting Deputy Commissioner at Scotland Yard, said in a statement Wednesday that Palmer “was someone who left for work today expecting to return home at the end of his shift and he had every right to expect that would happen.”

Rowley confirmed five people died in the attack, with approximately 40 people injured. Of the injured, three are police officers, two of whom are in serious condition.

Scotland Yard said they will not release the identity of the suspect, but it will continue the investigation and work throughout the night.

Rowley told the press that officials think they know who the attacker might be and that they “are working to look at associates.”

He said Scotland Yard is working under the assumption the attack was connected to “Islamism-related terrorism.”

Rowley said the threat level in the United Kingdom has been labeled “severe” “for some time” and that it will not change. The lockdown on Parliament has been lifted by officials.

The assailant careened a car through one of the busiest and most recognizable parts of London at about 2:40 p.m. local time, hitting dozens of pedestrians before crashing into the gate outside the Palace of Westminster during Prime Minister’s Questions time. The attacker then got out and fatally stabbed a police officer before being shot dead by guards, the BBC and other outlets report.

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday night addressed the deadly car and stabbing attack near Parliament earlier that day, assuring the world that the city remains unbroken by the violence.

“We will all move forward together,” she said outside 10 Downing Street in London, less than half a mile from the site of the attack. “Never giving in to terror and never allowing the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart.”