Kate Winslet looks mesmerizing in the HBO premiere of 'Mare of Easttown ' on April 18. Photo by Michele K. Short / HBO.
Life in Easttown, Pennsylvania may seem peaceful on the surface, but beneath its small town topography lurks a network of dangerous and very dark secrets.at HBO's thriller Mare of Easttown, everyone seems to have something to hide.
The seven-episode limited series comes from creator, writer, showrunner and executive producer Brad Ingelsby (The Way Back) and will premiere on April 18. The story is set against a small blue-collar town representing a hard-working and struggling America. In Easttown, you might think you know your neighbors, but nothing is as it seems.
Kate Winslet (HBO's Mildred Pierce) absolutely fascinates as traumatized and rough-edges detective Mare Sheehan. Her life is turned upside down when a young local woman is murdered and other women appear to vanish into thin air.
Ingelsby, who is also known for his recent film Our Friend, starring Dakota Johnson and Casey Affleck, explained in a recent interview that this series is an exploration of the dark side of a nearby community and a authe examnics of how family and past tragedies can define our present.
"I got this idea about this character and she is a cop in a small town. I was really interested in telling her story and I built this world around her, "says Ingelsby." What I was trying to do here is tell the story of this woman who didn't deal with her grief. She just couldn't cope. about this trauma in her life, which is the death of her son. She is haunted by what she sees as her failure as a mother. She is just not going to cope with it and is going to throw herself completely into these cases with those missing girls. "
Ingelsby certainly doesn't make it easier for Mare." We wanted to make it difficult for her because she has to face this thing. She has to go through something.dares to really hard and she has to face what haunts her and go through this journey to get out on the other side. "
Kate Winslet in 'Mare of Easttown ' on HBO. Photo by Michele K. Short / HBO.
After writing the first two s, he had a conversation with his agents and was questioned aboutr Winslet for the role. "I said count me if you think she's going to read it." As soon as her name was mentioned, I knew she was perfect. "
Back then, he adds, Winslet was looking for a role that would be unlike anything she had done before. “She told me she never held a gun in any of the games she did. She was looking for a challenge and wanted to play a character that didn't look like her at all. Sometimes it's just the right place at the right time and we had Kate at the right time.
Winslet really blends into this character and Ingelsby says he was immediately able to buy her like this woman. “I was completely impressed with his performance.
When asked what he thinks he does with a great crime drama, Ingelsby says there are certain things he's looking for. "You have to have the thriller element and make your audience guess, but it has to pay off.You can't fool viewers. You want them to really connect in a deeply emotional way, so when the reveal happens they really care about those people. It has to be a ripple effect that tears the viewer apart and it has to be emotionally compelling and suspenseful.
He definitely nailed it with this story and despite his many flaws, we want Mare to find peace and forgive herself. “She does terrible things to her loved ones but we are always on her side because there is a certain empathy towards her. She is so kind to the members of her community and this kindness, this heart that beats within her, pushes us to take root for her even when she does bad things. Plus, she's tough as hell and you have to admire someone who gets knocked down time and time again and always gets up. It is a very admirable quality.
This casting comAlso takes Guy Pearce, Jean Smart, Julianne Nicholson, Angourie Rice, Cailee Spaeny, David Denman and Evan Peters. Craig Zobel (HBO's The Leftovers) directs all episodes.
When asked if there is any hope for a second season and a new case for Mare, Ingelsby takes a brief hiatus. "I love Mare as a character. I would be there if the opportunity arose to spend another season with her. "