Road to Easttown
By Kirsten Howard
HBO’s Mare of Easttown marks a rare TV project for Kate Winslet.
Like many actors, Kate Winslet got her start working in television.
The 45-year-old played Reet in Dark Season back in 1991, and then Eleanor Sweet in Get Back, which would be her last proper TV role for a while.
Winslet’s career first took off in 1994, when she was cast as Juliet Hulme in Peter Jackson’s critically acclaimed film, Heavenly Creatures.
Just three years later, she would hit the big time as Rose Dewitt Bukater in James Cameron’s Titanic, one of the most notable blockbusters in history.
Despite being a young actress in demand, Winslet opted to play roles in smaller projects that she could sink her teeth into.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
In the years that followed her splash in Titanic, Winslet starred in lower budget films like Little Children, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Reader.
She went on to win a Best Actress Oscar for The Reader, in which she played a woman who once acted as a guard at a Nazi concentration camp.
Winslet then made her return to TV in HBO’s Mildred Pierce, a miniseries based on James M. Cain's 1941 cult novel.
Soon after, it seemed the actress was ready to lend her skills to big budget movies again, taking a part in the Divergent series of films.
She also reunited with Titanic director James Cameron for his forthcoming Avatar sequels.
A decade on from her starring role in Mildred Pierce, Winslet is back on HBO in Mare of Easttown.
The critics are raving about her performance in the series.
Winslet plays a detective in a small Pennsylvania town who investigates a local murder while trying to keep her life from falling apart.
Next year, we will learn more about what this terrific English actress will bring to the Avatar franchise!