Kate Winslet’s nudity days are “numbered.”
Winslet is so famous for baring it all in her films that her IMDb profile lists her “voluptuous figure” as her trademark. However, the 45-year-old actress told the New York Times that she may be done baring it all.
Reflecting on her “very hot grandma” sex scene in her newest project “Mare of Easttown,” the star said: “I think my days are getting a little bit numbered of doing nudity.”
The actress portrays Mare Sheehan, a police investigator in a small Pennsylvania town in the HBO show that’s garnering Emmy buzz.
Winslet starred in one of the most famous nude movie scenes of all time when the then-21-year-old actress stripped down to be painted by a young Leonardo DiCaprio in 1997’s “Titanic.” “Draw me like one of your French girls,” she cooed in her infamous, oft-memed line.
The English star now acknowledged her change in attitude toward nude scenes, saying, “I’m just not that comfortable doing it anymore. It’s not even really an age thing, actually.”
Winslet‘s real fear, she explained, is that “there comes a point where people are going to go, ‘Oh, here she goes again.’”
She also reflected on what may be her final unclothed moment. “In episode one, [Mare is] having sex on a couch,” she said. “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 also asked the show’s director, Craig Zobel, to leave her body untouched for the final cut of a sex scene with Guy Pearce. She told the New York Times that Zobel “assured her he would cut ‘a bulgy bit of belly’” from the scene and she told him, “Don’t you dare.”
Although she may be finished exposing herself in that way, she said she is adamant about staying au naturel.
The four-time Golden Globe winner sent HBO’s promotional poster back two times before final approval because it was too retouched for her liking.
“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.’”
She also disclosed other tricks the crew performed to keep her character looking like a real middle-aged woman, including using dark lighting to make her naturally glowing skin duller, using minimal makeup and riding a Peloton to enlarge her thigh muscles and change her walk.
“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 said. “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.”