Kate Winslet is done with acting roles that feed into unattainable beauty ideals. She wants to look authentically like her 45-year-old self and to choose characters that do the same.
Her recent role in the critically lauded crime thriller Mare of Easttown is part of this venture.
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Winslet's character, Mare Sheehan, lives in a fractured community in Pennsylvania under the same roof as her nearly adult daughter, her mother, and her young grandson. A seasoned detective, she lets herself be swallowed by her work, so there's no time left in the day to dwell on her own traumas.
Mare is a woman, Winslet has said, who would glance in the mirror each morning while brushing her teeth, then not again all day. Mare is a woman who pulls her hair back into a rough, rushed ponytail because it's practical and because she probably hasn't shampooed in a while.
"That’s just who she is," Winslet told Indiewire. "That’s like most busy mothers I know — that’s like me. It really is."
In embracing roles like this, Winslet has stepped into a strange Hollywood no-man's land. Behind her is the veneer of polish and glamour. And off in the distance is extra kilos, prosthetics and a stringy wig (you know, the kind of aesthetic that sees women actors lauded for their 'bravery' and dedication to the craft).