Mare of Easttown: Kate Winslet opens up on grieving for character ‘I get upset’

Mare of Easttown: Kate Winslet opens up on grieving for character ‘I get upset’

Mare of Easttown: Kate Winslet stars in new HBO series

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Mare of Easttown season one became a huge hit amongst fans, with the finale watched by over two million people. Star of the HBO crime drama, Kate Winslet recently the effects playing Mare Sheehan has had on her.

Mare is a small-town police investigator in Pennsylvania.

Despite being tasked with solving the case of a brutally murdered teenage mother, Mare’s personal life seemed to also be falling apart around her. 

The divorcee lived with her mother and was battling her drug-addicted daughter-in-law Carrie Layden (Sosie Bacon) in court over the custody of her grandson.

With all this pressure, Mare was also dealing with grieving the death of her son Kevin Sheehan (Cody Kostro) who had died of suicide.

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In a recent interview with Deadline, Kate revealed the emotional effect of playing Mare: “My whole approach to playing Mare was more immersive than I can recall other experiences have been.

“Our shared creation of the grief for Kevin for me became so real, that it’s only in the last month I can actually do interviews like this one and not get upset about Kevin because we created so much real trauma.

“I have genuinely found it quite hard letting go of, moving through, and coming out the other side” she added.

The palpable sadness Mare felt about the death of Kevin definitely came across on screen, while at work she was the straight-talking, no-nonsense boss but at home she was engulfed by sadness.

In the interview, Kate added: “She could be impossible and yet entirely lovable all in the same breathe and I just had to commit to all of it.

“I had to commit to her looking like s**t, I had to commit to knowing audiences might find her infuriating at times, I had to absolutely accept that vanity was going to go right out the window, which I loved by the way.”

It’s evident Kate’s portrayal as Mare paid off, the season finale was so popular that the HBO Max app crashed after a large number of fans tried to watch it. 

Viewers have even begged for the show to be considered for the upcoming Emmy nominations in the Best Limited Series category.

The finale saw Mare solve the mysterious murder case and finally capture the Easttown killer.

In a shocking turn of events, it was revealed Erin McMenamin (Cailee Spaeny) was killed by Ryan Ross (Cameron Mann) after he discovered that his father John Ross (Joe Tippett) had been having an affair.

This came after Erin’s best friend Jess Riley (Ruby Cruz) shared a photo of Erin in bed with John and after being questioned, he admitted to murdering Erin to maintain the secrecy around their relationship.

It was later revealed John’s admittance to killing Erin was false and an attempt to cover for his son.

The shocking twist left fans wanting more Mare of Easttown, however, there has been no announcement or release date about a potential season two.

Not only would viewers like to see Mare solve more cases but to also find out the result of her custody battle for her grandson.

During season one Mare was also romantically linked with Richard Ryan (Guy Pearce), however, he had accepted a new job in a different state, leaving fans questioning whether Mare would soon have success in the romance department.

Mare of Easttown is available to stream on HBO.

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