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02nd Jun 2021

Kate Winslet refused to let director edit “bulgy bit of belly” from Mare of Easttown sex scene

Sarah McKenna Barry

The actress also rejected promotional posters that airbrushed her face.

Kate Winslet has been winning fans left right and centre in the HBO series Mare of Easttown.

And while we’ve enjoyed watching her performance immensely, Kate herself has shared that she refused to allow the director edit out her stomach in one of the show’s sex scenes.

The actress told the New York Times that director Craig Zabel “assured” her that he would airbrush a “bulgy bit of belly” in a scene with Richard (Guy Pearce).

Winslet, thankfully, told him, “Don’t you dare!”

In the interview, Winslet revealed that she also rejected a number of promotional posters as her face had been edited.

“They were like, ‘Kate, you really can’t,’ and I’m like, ‘Guys, I know how many lines I have by the side of my eye, please put them all back.'”

The actress spoke about how airbrushing Mare’s appearance would not do the character justice.

She said: “Listen, I hope that in playing Mare as a middle-aged woman – I will be 46 in October – I guess that’s why people have connected with this character in the way they have done because there are clearly no filters.

“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. I think we’re starved of that a bit.”

Kate added how society conditions us to expect the faces we see on TV to look a certain way.

“What worries me is that faces are beautiful,” she said. “Faces that change, that move are beautiful faces, but we’ve stopped learning how to love those faces because we keep covering them up with filters now because of social media and anyone can photoshop themselves, and airbrush themselves, and so they do.”

Spot on, Kate.

You can watch Mare of Easttown on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV.