Kate Winslet has opened up about how she refused to be airbrushed or have her body edited in the hit HBO series Mare of Easttown.
The Academy Award-winning star who plays Mare Sheehan and takes part in a sex scene with actor Guy Pearce in the first episode, tells The New York Times that director Craig Zobel offered to “cut a bulgy bit of belly” from the scene but she responded with “don’t you dare!”
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“I loved her marks and her scars and her faults and her flaws and the fact that she has no off switch, no stop button,” she tells the publication.
“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 even sent back a promotional shot for the series because she’d been airbrushed.
“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.'”
And so they did.
In the same interview, Kate spoke about the pressures of living in this social media world of unattainable beauty standards:
“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. I feel for this generation because I don’t see it stopping. I don’t see or feel it changing and that makes me sad because I hope that they aren’t missing out on being present in real life and not reaching for unattainable ideals.”
Don’t you just love her?
But wait, there’s more.
In an earlier interview with Indiewire, Kate explained how she doesn’t want to take on acting roles that feed into these impossible beauty standards:
“I worry about that, for younger generations. These unattainable ideals. And I do not want to play roles that feed into anything unattainable anymore. I’m done with that.”
We’ll just be over here, cheering.
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