It was a role that catapulted Kate Winslet to international stardom and earned her a best actress Oscar nomination at 22 years old.
And on Monday’s Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard, Claire Danes confirmed that she may have been first choice to play Rose in Titanic opposite Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack and insisted she has 'zero regret' about walking away from the role.
'There was strong interest, but honestly, I'd just made this romantic epic with Leo in Mexico City, which is where they were going to shoot Titanic, and I just didn't have it in me,' the actress, 40, said.
'I just didn't have it in me': Claire Danes said Tuesday she has no regrets about walking away from the chance to star in Titanic with Leonardo DiCaprio
Podcast interview: The actress, 40, made the comments during an appearance on Armchair Expert with Dax Shepherd
Danes and DiCaprio, who were 17 and 22 at the time, starred together in Baz Lurhmann's 1996 film Romeo + Juliet.
The movie garnered wide praise and showcased the on-screen chemistry between the two, who were rising stars at the time.
Danes claimed that DiCaprio was also conflicted about starring in the James Cameron epic which both of them knew would be a game changer in their careers.
On-screen chemistry: Danes and DiCaprio, who were 17 and 22 at the time, starred together in Baz Lurhmann's 1996 film Romeo + Juliet and were in demand rising stars in Hollywood
Said no: Danes, with DiCaprio in October 1996, explained she hadn't wanted to do another romantic movie and was unsure about dealing with the fame that would come with Titanic
Danes recalled: 'Leo and I shared a manager at the time, and we were there at the office. And I was on a balcony... and Leo had this rental red convertible...and he was kinda going in circles in the parking lot.'