Kate Winslet refused to let a director cut a sex scene in which she showed a “bulgy bit of belly”, saying television should show unfiltered images of middle-aged women.
The actress revealed that Craig Zobel, the director of HBO series Mare of Easttown, had offered to edit the scene and show her body in a more flattering light.
“Don’t you dare,” she told him, and also twice sent back the promotional poster for the drama because it was too retouched.
“I’m like: ‘Guys, I know how many lines I have by the side of my eye, please put them all back,'” she said.
Winslet has won praise for her lack of vanity in the role of Mare Sheehan, a detective and a grandmother in a Pennsylvania town. In the first episode, she has a sex scene with Guy Pearce, who plays a college lecturer.
“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. Let her do it,'” Winslet told the New York Times.