Edit me like one of your Easttown girls: Kate Winslet
revealed that she had to fight to keep her character on HBO
's "Mare of Easttown
" as realistic as possible (except for the phony hoagies she ate on set).
In an interview
with The New York
Times published after the series finale on Sunday, the Oscar winner spoke lovingly about creating the “wildly flawed, messy, broken, fragmented, difficult woman” at the center of the critically acclaimed murder-mystery.
“I loved her marks and scars, her faults and flaws, and the fact that she has no off switch, no stop button,” Winslet, who also serves as an executive producer on the show, told the outlet.
Early drafts of the series, which stars Winslet as a hardened Pennsylvania
detective on the hunt for the killer of a local adolescent
girl, were too polished for her liking, so they chose to “light it to look not nice,” she explained.
When director Craig Zobel assured Winslet that he would remove "a bulgy bit of belly" from her sex scene
with co-star Guy Pearce, she insisted on capturing it all, telling him, "Don't you dare."
That attitude extended to the show's promotional materials, which Winslet said she returned twice because she didn't like how the photos
“They were like, 'Kate, really, you can't,' and I was like, 'Guys, I know how many lines I have by the side of my eye, please put them all back,'” she recalled.
Mare is supposed to be a struggling middle-aged woman still grieving the death
of her son, so Winslet stressed the importance of keeping her character's appearance as grounded as possible.
Working closely with the costume department, which scouted local Wawa
convenience stores for outfit inspiration, Winslet said the team purposefully dressed her in “unflattering” clothing that she would leave in a “crumpled pile on the floor of her trailer
after filming” to achieve the desired effect.
“Listen, I hope that by playing Mare as a middle-aged woman — I'll be 46 in October — that people
have connected with this character in the way that they have because there are clearly no filters,” Winslet said. “She's a fully functioning, flawed woman with a body
and a face that moves in a way that is synonymous with her age, her life, and where she comes from.
Months after the show's filming wrapped, Winslet is still struggling to shed her character's skin, telling TVLine that she would "absolutely love to play Mare again" if a Season 2 was to be announced.
“I miss her so much. It’s strange. I feel like I’m in mourning. It was an absolutely wonderful role,” she said. “There’s something very addictive about Mare, because she’s so outrageous and lovable and brilliant and real, you know? I loved playing her.”