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Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio have been asked in several interviews whether or not they’re secretly romantically involved. Every time, their response is the same: they’re just great friends.

But despite the platonic nature of their friendship, Winslet was quite worried about falling in love with her heartthrob co-star behind the scenes. And at one point, she kind of did… at least, the “Rose” in her did.

Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio arrive at the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2009
Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio arrive at the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2009 | Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Kate Winslet was worried about developing feelings for Leonardo DiCaprio

Winslet has expressed how worried she was about working with DiCaprio in Titanic. At the time, he was the biggest heartthrob in Hollywood, and she assumed she’d fall for him on set.

“Y’know, working with Leonardo DiCaprio — he’s a bit gorgeous, and I was worried that I was going to be bowled over by him, or that he was going to find me all stuffy and Shakespearean and English,” she told Rolling Stone. “But the second we met, we just completely clicked.”

“We’d do the most ridiculous things to each other,” she continued, describing her relationship with DiCaprio on the set of Titanic. “He’d be tickling me, groping me, winding me up. And I’d be doing the same thing back, sort of grabbing his bum.”

“She was my best friend for seven months,” said DiCaprio. “We’d unload the stresses of the shoot to each other, vent to each other, watch out for each other. Kate was just the perfect person to work with because she was very much one of the guys, and it would have been much harder without her. We were partners.”

Kate Winslet ‘sort of’ caught feelings for Leonardo DiCaprio while filming ‘Titanic’

According to Winslet, there was one moment while filming that made her confused about her feelings for her best friend.

As reported by Rolling Stone,

“Winslet has only one sweet regret about her relationship with DiCaprio. It was during the scene in which Rose and Jack make love in a Renault touring car in the hold of the ship: steamed windows, trembling actors. ‘Doing that scene,’ she says, ‘it so wasn’t us. And yet, we were so locked into what all that had to be about. The Rose in me was really sort of loving the Jack in him, actually. And even though I didn’t feel that way about Leo, it was quite nice to sort of feel that way in the scene. It was quite lovely. And then, y’know, the camera stopped rolling, and he gets up and walks off, and the scene’s done. And I remember lying there thinking, ‘What a shame that’s over.’ Because it was quite nice. It was.”

Leonardo DiCaprio got Kate Winslet a friendship ring


Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet Still Quote ‘Titanic’ Together

The two are so close that in 2009, DiCaprio got Winslet a friendship ring. Winslet confirmed the news when speaking to Flare Magazine, even revealing that the ring is engraved.

“Yes, [Leo’s ring] is engraved on the inside,” she reveals, “but I’m not going to tell you what it says.”

Not only did he “put a ring on it,” but he also gave Winslet a necklace that she wore on the cover of Time Magazine.

“Leo gave me this necklace,” she said during a red carpet interview. “It has a little golden leaf on the bottom. Leo gave it to me.”