It’s been more than two decades since British star Kate Winslet enjoyed this same level of fame. “It’s like Titanic again,” she tells The New York Times. “I’m on the side of buses again! I’m walking down the street and people are nudging and pointing and whispering again.”
What’s got the world talking about Winslet is her portrayal of the deeply flawed Philadelphia detective Mare Sheehan in the gripping and gritty HBO television series Mare of Easttown.
Back then she wasn’t ready for the intense personal and physical scrutiny that came with the instant stardom. But this time around the Oscar winner has unshakeable confidence in herself. “I feel very proud of my 45-year-old self,’’ she says. “I am who I am.’’
Set in a small town in the wake of the murder of a teenage mother, Mare of Easttown was originally only meant to be a seven-part miniseries. But, an overwhelming response from audiences and critics has buzz building that it will be green lit for a second season.
Winslet believes that people have connected with the foul-mouthed, flannie wearing cop because “there are clearly no filters’’, something we don’t see often enough. “She’s a fully functioning, flawed woman with a body and a face that moves in a way that is synonymous with her age and her life and where she comes from,’’ she told The New York Times. “I think we’re starved of that a bit.’’
Winslet’s self-assuredness has seen her take on the role in a way few other Hollywood stars would be keen to match. She insisted that her “bulgy bit of belly’’ not be cut from sex scenes with her co-star Guy Pearce and that her image in promotional posters for the binge-worthy series remained untouched. “Don’t you dare!” she told director Craig Zobel, when he offered to make sure the scene was flattering to her. “The way my face is now, I have the wrinkles and crunkles that exist on my face now,’’ she told Marc Maron’s WTF podcast. “I’m proud of those things. The ageing on the back of my hands that have loved and lost and cared for – I really, really value and appreciate being able to show all of those things without censorship and hesitation. There’s a lot to be said for that and maybe I’m confident enough to do that now, whereas I definitely wouldn’t have been when I was younger.’’
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