Kate Winslet was just 19 years old when she was cast as Rose DeWitt Bukater in 1997's Titanic.
It was a career-defining moment for the now 39-year-old movie star, who would go on to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy, two BAFTAs, three Golden Globes and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. After Winslet was cast as Jeanine Matthews in Divergent, she shared some important lessons with her co-star Shailene Woodley, whose profile has been on the rise since she was cast as Tris Prior in 2012.
"We've had a lot of conversations and we continue to have them," Winslet tells E! News' Jason Kennedy. "She's a gorgeous girl and I feel really very excited for her, partly because she's going to be able to handle all of this. She's a very gentle grounded person and she's going to be absolutely fine. We just chat about the experiences that I have had and the things that I have learned, and how to stay true herself and what to say what not to say, but more importantly, to enjoy it, too."
Winslet praises the 22-year-old actress for adding new layers to author Veronica Roth's heroine.
"She's done a wonderful job playing this role. She defines Tris and it's going to mean so much for so many young people to see her and she's a great strong girl," she raves. "She can really look to the performance that she's given and know that it's going to mean something to a lot of people."
The English actress has been following Woodley and many other young stars' careers quite closely.
"When I did Titanic, yes I had done Sense and Sensibility and I had done Heavenly Creatures, but I still wasn't really that very well-known. And Titanic changed everything in my life. It gave me freedom of choice. It gave me so much in terms of experiences," Winslet tells Kennedy. "To see now how that's happening for these guys...it's just great to see the film industry embracing newcomers in that way."