Kate Winslet on Return to TV for ‘Most Difficult Role’ of All Time | Ents & Arts News

Justin Hurtt-Dunkley as Officer Ronald Trammel in Kate's new drama Winslet Mare of Easttown.  Pic: Sky UK / HBO

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A decade after her last television role, Kate Winslet returns to the small screen as the star and executive producer of new drama Mare Of Easttown.

In the series, Winslet plays Mare Sheehan, a small-town detective in Pennsylvania investigating a local murder as her own life crumbles after her son’s suicide, and she begins to become obsessed with various cases of missing and murdered girls.

With a fragile personality, a long-term leg injury, and a very specific Delaware County accent, small-town American detective Mare is a world away from the period dramas that helped launch the career of L Oscar-winning actress.

British actress plays a detective and stars alongside Guy Pearce (Memento, The Hurt Locker)
Winslet says it’s the most difficult role she’s ever taken on

In an exclusive interview broadcast in the UK, the star told Sky News it was the most difficult role she has ever played.

“I started to prepare probably about five months before the shoot and we started filming in September 2019 – I was 43 – and by the time we finished in December I was 45, so I ‘ve kept this character in me for all. of this time, ”she said.

“At the center of that is this really heartbreaking grief and crisis, this personal crisis that she finds herself in, and creating that level of trauma and sustaining it was really extremely difficult.

“And in fact, I found it quite difficult to get out of it… after all these years of doing this job, you would now think that I would have decent systems in place to deal with this kind of emotional separation from a character towards my own life, but I have to say that on this one, I couldn’t really make it. “

Winslet starred in films such as Sense And Sensibility and Hamlet in the mid-1990s, before rising to fame thanks to Titanic, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, in 1997. A diverse mix of films followed, including Iris, The Life Of David Gale, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland and The Holiday, before winning Best Actress at the BAFTAs and Oscars for her portrayal of a former Nazi camp guard in The Reader in 2009.

His last role on television was in the miniseries Mildred Pierce, playing the title character, in 2011, before other films including Contagion, Steve Jobs and Ammonite from last year. A seasoned Hollywood heavyweight, it’s hard to believe the star hasn’t had production credit before now. But she says it wasn’t until after nearly three decades in the business that she felt ready.

“Producing is a really different job than acting, and there’s a reason I’ve never done it before,” she said. “It’s because I wouldn’t have known how to do it, but after all these years, you know, I paid attention and I learned and I felt like, yeah, I think I would know how to do that now. ”

Justin Hurtt-Dunkley plays Officer Ronald Trammel in the series

And while Winslet’s job as an actor on the show is complete, production continues, and she has been heavily involved in the editing process, “tweaking things and taking things out and adding things back. », And by preparing the show for the public.

“I absolutely loved it, being so grounded in something,” she said. “It was fantastic, actually. “

The star says nothing has brought her back to television after a 10-year hiatus.

Kate Winslet plays at Mare Of Easttown.  Pic: Sky UK / HBO
Kate Winslet is the star and executive producer of Mare Of Easttown. All images: Sky UK / HBO

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But, like many of us, she’s missed out on human interaction over the past year, and says this new drama – which is ultimately about relationships – seems timely.

“I’m in my 40s now, I’ve been doing this job for 28 years and for me, more and more, the job I’m doing is resonating with people and connecting with an audience. And I think that’s a time when community is something that we all crave and wish we had at our fingertips, and I really felt that with this show. “

American small-town crime drama is a genre that has proven to be popular with audiences – with series like Big Little Lies and Sharp Objects gaining critical acclaim and great personalities.

So while it took Kate Winslet a decade to return to television, for those craving new shows with star power, it will have been worth the wait.

Mare Of Easttown kicks off on Sky Atlantic on April 19

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