Kate Winslet Wins Emmy For Mare Of Easttown, The ‘Middle-Aged, Imperfect Flawed Mother’ That ‘Made Us All Feel Validated’

The actress said there had been a 'shift' in attitude to women over forty on screen

Kate Winslet Emmys

by Jessica Barrett |
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Mare of Easttown made it to Tinseltown on Sunday night, and Kate Winslet took home the award for outstanding actress in a limited series or a movie at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards, for her role in the smash hit thriller series. This marks Winslet's fourth Emmy nomination and second win.

During her speech Kate said that the series had been groundbreaking in the way it depicted middle aged women on screen. In a message to the show's creator, Brad Inglesby, Kate explained, ‘This is you, this is all you. You created a middle-aged, imperfect flawed mother and you made us all feel validated.’

Kate, a mother of three, continued her train of thought in the press room. She said that she believes that ‘the shifts’ in the representation of actresses who are over forty are happening. ‘We're finger pointing a lot less at women in terms of how they look, their shape. We've stopped scrutinizing them and in turn, what happens then is that the younger generations of women who are not in our industry start to feel okay with themselves too.’

Kate’s appearance on the show was, however, the subject of scrutiny - though viewers were mostly refreshed by the fact she was ‘imperfect’, with grown out highlights and minimal make up. After all, her character, police detective Mare isn’t exactly walking the red carpet herself -she is investigating the disappearance of a teenage mother in her Philadelphia suburb.

The British actress said playing Mare meant a ‘huge amount because it makes me feel genuinely, that our industry is changing.’ She added, ‘It's up to us to be absolutely real and represent ourselves with integrity and authenticity and celebrating each other and not judging one another. If we're not doing that in our industry then nobody else has got a hope in hell.’

When Mare of Easttown aired earlier this year it became one of the most talked about shows of 2021. Kate added that she recognised that the series ‘brought people together and gave them something to talk about other than a global pandemic’, adding, ‘I want to thank everyone for watching our show.’

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