Kate Winslet Convinced Her 'Mare of Easttown' Director To Keep In Her 'Bulgy Bit Of Belly'

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Kate Winslet has long been a body positivity queen, but she just revealed a related and heartening bit of behind-of-the-scenes information about her role in Mare of Easttown.

As the star of the hit HBO mini-series, Winslet was seen in all sorts of scenarios throughout the seven episodes, and, in one particular scene, more of her was revealed than planned by the director.

In an interview with The New York Times published this week, Winslet— who also acted as an executive producer on the mini-series — explained that she had to fight for her body to not be airbrushed in a sex scene. On-set director Craig Zobel had apparently told her that he would remove "a bulgy bit of belly" after her character, Mare Sheenan, starred in a sex scene opposite Guy Pearce's character, Richard Ryan.

Winslet reportedly told Zobel, "don't you dare!" and added that she even pushed back on the show's promotional poster because of how the images had been retouched.

"They were like 'Kate, really, you 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,'" said the 45-year-old, who went on to say that her character is powerful because "there are clearly no filters."

"She's [Mare] 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," she said. "What worries me is that faces are beautiful. 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."

Winslet shared that she feels for "this generation because I don't see it stopping."

"I don't see or feel it changing, and that just makes me sad because I hope that they aren't missing out on being present in real life and not reaching for unattainable ideals," she explained.

The actress has often spoken out against body standards imposed by the media on women. In a particularly powerful interview with Today in 2015, she emphasized how "damaging" it is as a young woman to "immediately scrutinize yourself and how you look."

"I stand in front of the mirror and say to Mia [her daughter], 'We are so lucky that we've got a shape. We're so lucky we're curvy. We're so lucky that we've got good bums.' And she'll say, 'Mummy, I know, thank God.' It's working, that thing that I've been doing. It's paying off," she said.

Tags: Pop Culture, Empowerment

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