Claire Danes has 'no regrets' about turning down Kate Winslet's Titanic role

Claire Danes has revealed she had no qualms turning down what would become one of the most famous roles in movie history - the part of Rose in Titanic

During an interview with Dax Shepard on his podcast Armchair Expert, Danes revealed there was a "strong interest" in her playing the iconic role, but that she "didn't have it in her". 

A young Danes had just finished filming Baz Lurhman's 1996 flick Romeo + Juliet alongside Leonardo Di Caprio, but "wasn't ready" to embark on another huge part in a blockbuster film with him. 

"It was going to propel me to something I knew I didn't have the resources to cope with. I knew I had to do a lot of foundation building," she said. 

Danes added that she and Di Caprio both had the same manager at the time, and were both having trouble committing to the project. 

"We were there at the office, and I was on a balcony, which is funny...and Leo had this rental red convertible...and he was kinda going in circles in the parking lot.

"And I knew he was wrestling with the decision to do that movie or not and he just looked up at me, and he said, 'I'm doing it. I'm doing it.'

"I could see he wasn't sure, but he was like, 'F**k it, I gotta do this thing.'

"And I looked down on him going, I totally understand why you are doing it. And I'm not ready for that. And I think I really wasn't ready for it."

As we all know, Kate Winslet went on to snap up the role of Di Caprio's love interest, Rose, and Titanic quickly became the biggest film of its time following its release. 

Still, Danes says she has "zero regret" about her decision more than two decades ago. 

"I was just really clear about it," she said.  "I wasn’t conflicted. I wasn’t."