Actress Claire Danes has “zero” regrets about turning down Titanic, saying that she had no interest in the level of fame the film brought Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio.

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The “Homeland” actress says she bowed out of consideration for the Oscar-winning blockbuster, letting the lead role ultimately go to actress Kate Winslet back in 1996, largely because the part felt all too familiar.

Titanic: Not Kate Winslet, THIS Actress Was The First Choice For Leonardo DiCaprio's Film!
Titanic: Not Kate Winslet, THIS Actress Was The First Choice For Leonardo DiCaprio’s Film!

Danes had just wrapped Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet” with DiCaprio, and was looking for a different type of venture, reports aceshowbiz.com.

“I had 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!” Danes said during a sit down with Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast.

The 40-year-old recalls DiCaprio himself wrestling with the decision to take on the James Cameron epic, recounting a conversation they had outside their mutual manager’s office.

“And he just looked up at me and said: ‘I’m doing it! I’m doing it!’ And I could see he wasn’t sure. But he was like, ‘F**k it, I gotta do this thing.'”

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Danes added that she could not see herself grappling with the global attention the actor received following the film’s release.

“And I looked down at him, and I was like, ‘I totally understand why you’re doing that. And I’m not ready for that.’ And I think I really wasn’t ready for it. And I remember after that movie came out… and he just went into another stratosphere.”

She noted she has “zero regret” after noticing a swift change in how people treat her former co-star.

“I think I may have sensed that I was courting that (level of fame) or I was proximate to that… and I just couldn’t do it. I didn’t want it. I was just really clear about it. I wasn’t conflicted,” she said.

As for whether or not anything romantic happened between the pair while they were filming the classic Shakespearean love story, she believes off-screen love was not written in the stars for them.

“That was just never going to happen,” she said, while admitting there was a “crushy” vibe between the two.

“I didn’t know how to go about that… we’re really different people.”

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