It’s been nearly a decade since Kate Winslet starred in HBO’s adaptation of Mildred Pierce for which earned an Emmy win. She returns to HBO with the new limited series Mare of Easttown which debuts on April 18 on the premium cabler and will be available on HBO Max.
In the crime drama, Winslet plays the titular Mare Sheehan a small-town Pennsylvania detective in Delaware County (or as the locals say, “Delco”) who investigates a local murder as life crumbles around her. Mare of Easttown explores the dark side of a close community and offers an authentic examination of how family and past tragedies can define our present. It’s a different from playing a single mother struggling during the Great Depression with an overambitious daughter in Mildred Pierce — but it certainly brings similar energy. Winslet was joined at TCA by series creator, writer and showrunner Brad Ingelsby and director Craig Zobel to talk about the series and how authentic the show was to Delco.
Winslet first received episodes 1 and 2 at the end of 2018 when she was filming Ammonite but when she was trying to wrap her head around playing Mare, she admitted that it was one of the “biggest challenges she had been slapped with.”
“She’s nothing like me — that’s pretty scary in a great way if you’re an actor that likes to feel terrified and exposed,” said Winslet. “I just have never done anything like this and was excited to read something that gripped me right away. I really felt the sense of not only who she was but the world she lived in and comes from; that sense of community; being so entrenched in a society that you sort of forget who you are from time to time.”
Winslet added that there’s a sense of responsibility and burden that Mare carries that really intrigued her. “The story has so much heart in it and is rooted in truth,” she said. “It just really resonated with me.”
When asked if she would make a good detective she immediately answered, “I’d be a f*cking lousy detective…I’d be good at the coffee and the after-beers.”
She goes on to say that Mare is a million miles away from her in terms of what she does as a detective. “I don’t have the mental stamina required,” Winslet stated. However, she did connect with how Mare connects with her family and how she can admit that she has failed during her life and tries desperately to correct those errors.
In order to get into the headspace of Mare, Winslet spent several months training in Easttown (yes, it’s a real life place), but one of the biggest challenges was nailing down that Delco accent. Winslet is normally a whiz when it comes to accent but this one…not so much.
“This [accent] drove me crazy!” she exclaimed. “There are varying degrees of it…the thing that was hardest for me was to do it well enough that you shouldn’t hear the act of doing. I hate it when you can hear someone doing an accent. That was one of the things that is more important to me than anything — just making it disappear and blend in.”
The authenticity of the accent adds to character and the whole series which takes place in the town where Ingelsby grew up. “We said to HBO that we had to shoot it where it was actually set in the story,” he said. “I think just like the accent, the setting is so important…it adds a sense of richness and authenticity.”
“We definitely pursued as many locations and things that were very regionally specific,” added Zobel. “Delaware County and that area of southern Pennsylvania looks very unique in its own way and we wanted to makes sure we got as much of it in the frame as possible.”
Mare of Easttown also Julianne Nicholson, Jean Smart, Angourie Rice, Evan Peters, Guy Pearce, Cailee Spaeny, David Denman, John Douglas Thompson, Patrick Murney, James McArdle, Sosie Bacon, Joe Tippett and Neal Huff. The series is an HBO co-production with wiip. Ingelsby, Zobel and Winslet also serve as executive producers alongside wiip’s Paul Lee and Mark Roybal, Gavin O’Connor and Mayhem Pictures’ Gordon Gray through Mayhem Pictures.
Just announced, Kate Winslet will be receiving the Toronto Film Festival Tribute Actor Award on Tuesday September 15 for her work in a virtual ceremony amid this Covid-19 pandemic. Read a snippet below about what was said about Kate and follow the source link to read the entire article! A huge congratulations to Kate from all of us here at Kate Winslet Fan.
“Kate’s brilliant and compelling onscreen presence continues to captivate, entertain, and inspire audiences and actors alike,” said Vicente. “From her earliest work in
Heavenly Creatures , Sense And Sensibility and Titanic , to Revolutionary Road, The Reader, Mildred Piece and Steve Jobs , to name a few, her onscreen presence is as powerful and courageous as the women she chooses to portray. Kate’s most recent performance as Mary in Francis Lee’s Ammonite affirms her position as one of the best and most respected actresses of her generation, and we are delighted to honour her extraordinary talents at this year’s Festival.”
Over the last week I have been working on cleaning up the site including content and also redoing the career section for Kate. It is now fully integrated into the website so check it out! I want to thank Claudia for her help with both keeping me motivated and for her help to customize it. Make sure to pay her site a visit and show it some love as well. We also have a new layout on the main site, I hope to get the matching one up on the gallery tomorrow evening at the latest. I hope you all enjoy the new look and the career pages, expect more to come!
I have added high-quality photos of Kate from a recent event she added this year to the image gallery.
With a huge thanks to Jen I have completed the missing events from 2017 to the image gallery!
- Public Appearances > Appearances in 2017 > June 19: ‘The Mountain Between Us’ England Press Conference
- Public Appearances > Appearances in 2017 > October 14: NYFF’s ‘Wonder Wheel’
- Public Appearances > Appearances in 2017 > November 9: SAG-AFTRA Foundation Patron of the Artists Awards 2017
- Public Appearances > Appearances in 2017 > December 18: ‘Wonder Wheel’ – Special Screening
I have added images of Kate from a event in January to the image gallery.
I have added a couple missing events, a photoshoot and some magazine scans to the image gallery.
- Photoshoots/Outtakes > 2010s – Current > Set 027
- Magazine/Clippings > 2017 > Grazia Italia – November 2017
- Magazine/Clippings > 2017 > Harper’s Bazaar Magazine – December 2017
- Magazine/Clippings > 2017 > Vanity Fair Italia – November 2017
- Public Appearances > Appearances in 2017 > November 14: New York Special Screening of ‘Wonder Wheel’
- Public Appearances > Appearances in 2017 > November 22: Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year Awards
- Public Appearances > Appearances in 2017 > November 5: 21st Annual Hollywood Film Awards
- Public Appearances > Appearances in 2017 > November 11: Variety’s ‘Actors on Actors’ Studio