Kate Winslet Recalled Her First Impressions Of Leonardo DiCaprio While Making “Titanic”

“In the world that we live in now, to have friendships that bind you, and that shared history, it's really something,” Kate said of her former costar and real-life bestie.

As far as long-standing celebrity friendships go, it doesn’t get much sweeter than Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Le and Kate onstage with their arms around each other as Leo speaks into a microphone

After first meeting on the set of Titanic in the ’90s, Kate and Leo became fast friends, and they've maintained a close bond in the public eye for many years since.

The two actors smiling on the red carpet around the time of Titanic

From cheering each other on at awards shows to gushing about each other in interviews, Kate and Leo have proved themselves to be one of the most beloved duos in Hollywood.

Kate smiling at Leo on the Oscars red carpet

In fact, the pair are so close that Leo even walked Kate down the aisle at her 2012 wedding to Edward Abel Smith.

Leo and Kate smiling at each other at an event

And now, over 25 years since the release of the movie that bonded them for life, Kate is reflecting on her first encounters with her “ferociously intelligent” Titanic costar.

Leo and Kate embracing on the Titanic

“Once I started working with Leo, we were able to kind of find our own rhythm. And it's amazing to kind of look back and think about it all over again,” the Oscar winner says in a new behind-the-scenes clip from Titanic’s upcoming 4K Ultra HD DVD release, obtained by Entertainment Tonight.

The duo holding hands onstage

Recalling a then-21-year-old Leo as a “mess of long, skinny, uncoordinated limbs,” Kate adds that they “clicked immediately, right away.”

Leo and Kate being interviewed on the red carpet

“He was just very free with himself, and he had this effervescent energy that was really magnetic,” she continues. “And I remember thinking, Oh, this is gonna be fun. We're definitely gonna get along. And we just really did. We just really did.”

Leo in a suit and tie and Kate in a long sleeveless dress at a media event

Adorably, Kate recalls in the featurette that Leo was completely “fascinated” while making the iconic movie, obsessing over everything from “the details to do with the boat” to “the lower classes, where those people had come from, how those people had paid for their tickets.”

A younger Leo on the red carpet

“He was then very, very smart; very, very curious,” she says. “We connected on so many levels. That sense of focus on the craft, and still really caring deeply about that to this day.”

Kate and Leo at a media event

As a reflection of how their friendship has lasted over the years, the clip concludes with Kate revealing that they're always in contact over the phone.

Kate and Leo embracing at an event

“And we'll always just make that call right away. There's no, like, ‘Hang on, I'll call you tomorrow.’ It's instant,” she says, adding, “You know, if you think about it, in the world that we live in now, to have friendships that bind you, and that shared history, it's really something.”

Leo and Kate smiling at each other in the aisle of a theater

Given that they’re so publicly adoring of each other, fans have theorized that the pair might be “soulmates” and that the reason Leo has yet to settle down is that Kate is actually “the one for him.”

Leo and Kate smiling and embracing

However, despite joking about their extremely close relationship over the years, they’ve always made it clear that they’ve never been anything more than friends — with Kate telling Rolling Stone way back in 1998 that a romance between them would feel “absolutely like incest.”

Close-up of Kate

“I think the reason that friendship works is because there was never any romantic thing,” she also told Marie Claire, per HuffPost, in 2014. “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.”

Kate and Leo holding hands around the time of Titanic

She added, “But actually, we never did. He always saw me as one of the boys. I've never really been a girly girl.”

Leo and Kate smiling at each other at the Oscars

Likewise, Leo — who is notoriously private when it comes to his personal life — gushed about Kate while talking to Esquire back in 2010, describing her as one of his “dearest friends.”

Close-up of Leo in a suit and bow tie

“We have the ultimate trust in each other,” he said.

Leo in a suit and tie and Kate in a strapless gown

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