Kate Winslet refused a sex scene edit to hide her "bulgy bit of belly" in latest TV series

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Photo credit: Mike Windle
Photo credit: Mike Windle

Kate Winslet says she refused for a sex scene in her latest series to be altered in order to hide a “bulgy bit of belly”.

The actor revealed that Craig Zobel, director of her new hit series Mare of Easttown, offered to edit her body in more flattering light, which she refused, saying: “Don’t you dare.”

Winslet also protested against alterations made on the promotional poster, sending it back twice after she felt it was too heavily edited.

“I’m like: ‘Guys, I know how many lines I have by the side of my eye, please put them all back,’’ she told the New York Times, adding that they purposefully tried to light the show so that her skin did "not look nice".

Photo credit: HBO
Photo credit: HBO

She added: “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 that 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.”

Photo credit: HBO
Photo credit: HBO

Winslet also confessed that she had to seek reassurance from her husband before deciding whether or not to accept the role.

“In episode one, she's having sex on a couch. I said to my husband: ‘Am I OK with that? Is it all right that I’m playing a middle-aged woman who is a grandmother who does really make a habit of having one-night stands?’ He’s like: ‘Kate, it’s great.’”

Earlier this year, Winslet opened up about being bullied by the British media after her breakthrough performance alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic.

Photo credit: Getty Images/20th Century Fox
Photo credit: Getty Images/20th Century Fox


“I went into self-protective mode right away [after Titanic came out],” Winslet said on Marc Maron’s podcast WTF. “It was like night and day from one day to the next. I was subject to a lot of personal physical scrutiny, I was criticised a lot and the British press were quite unkind to me.”

“I felt bullied if I’m honest,” she continued. “I remember thinking, ‘This is horrible and I hope it passes’ – it did definitely pass but it made me realise that, if that’s what being famous was, I was not ready to be famous, definitely not.”

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