There are many reasons to love and admire Kate Winslet, as she continues to surprise audiences with her remarkable performances. Her latest success has been the Crime thriller TV series ‘Mare of Easttown’, appearing bare-faced on-screen, refusing to conceal, airbrush, or hide the realities of what it means to be a woman in middle age.
“Mare is how most of us felt through the lockdown. She validated the permanent pyjama look,” said Kate Winslet in a recent interview to Guardian, about the casual fit her character sported throughout the series, adding that, “I knew Mare and this world vividly. I grew up in a tiny terraced house in a working-class, small-town community where your life overlaps with your neighbors’ lives just because the walls are so thin.”
46-year-old Winslet hopes her character will be a tipping point for other female characters in TV saying, “The discussion about how Mare looked blew my mind,” adding, “People were asking, ‘Did she gain weight? Didn’t she look frumpy? Wasn’t that brave of her?’ But why should that be brave? I suppose because it’s not how leading actresses are represented. Maybe Mare will be the tipping point, and we’re going to stop scrutinizing women on screen quite so much.”
The reality of portraying a character that feels not attractive or appealing while going through something meant a lot for the legendary Kate Winslet.
Talking about her fond memories working with Leonardo DiCaprio in their early twenties, Winslet talked about how meeting DiCaprio after 3 years was emotional and she cried endlessly, “I couldn’t stop crying. I’ve known him for half my life! It’s not as if I’ve found myself in New York or he’s been in London and there’s been a chance to have dinner or grab a coffee and a catchup. We haven’t been able to leave our countries. Like so many friendships globally, we’ve missed each other because of Covid. He’s my friend, my really close friend. We’re bonded for life.”
Talking about their early days of working together, “Do you know Leo just turned 47?” she said almost in disbelief.
About a second season for Mare, Kate Winslet said, “I don’t know if I’m going to be playing Mare again. But if we were to do a second season, then for sure these atrocities which have existed in the police force here and in America will find their way into the stories we tell. One hundred per cent. You can’t pretend these things haven’t happened.”