Alison Hammond has praised Kate Winslet for refusing to be airbrushed in her latest role in Mare Of Easttown.
The presenter, 46, spoke about the Oscar-winning actress’ stellar portray of Mare Sheehan in the HBO series on Wednesday’s edition of This Morning.
Discussing how Kate, 45, fought to keep a sex scene which showed a ‘bulgy bit of belly’ and called out a poster for being too ‘retouched’, Alison said it proves the star has ‘no ego whatsoever’.
‘She has no ego’: Alison Hammond has praised Kate Winslet for refusing to be airbrushed in her latest role in Mare Of Easttown while speaking about the show on Wednesday’s This Morning
Discussing the TV series with her co-presenter Dermot O’Leary as well as Matthew Wright and Julia Hartley-Brewer, Alison gushed over the actress.
Alison said: ‘It just shows she’s got no ego whatsoever. I’m not sure I would do that. I’d be like “put it all in, edit me all out, make me smaller!”. Julia would you?’
Julia agreed, saying: ‘Absolutely not! All credit to her! Women my age, your age and young girls- I’ve got a 14-year-old teenager- I want her to see normal bodies.
‘Everyone’s got this idea that everyone but them has got the perfect body when they undress and when they go to the beach, and I think we have the same experience.’
Honest: The actress, 45, fought to keep a sex scene which showed a ‘bulgy bit of belly’ and called out a poster for being too ‘retouched’ while appearing as Detective Mare Sheehan
Unfiltered: Kate wanted to realistically play a middle-aged woman and said her character is ‘a fully functioning, flawed woman with a body and a face that moves in a way that is synonymous with her age’
She continued that men don’t always seem to feel the same pressure, adding that although women worry once they get on the beach and see others can realise ‘we’re all the same’ really.
Alison agreed telling her: ‘Like you say on the beach we’re all the same… I can see a size 8 and think “she has the same love handles as me, but just a different shape”.’
Matthew also praised Kate’s unedited appearance in the show, saying his wife was also pleased too see the actress’ natural body.
Asked if it was good to see, he said: ‘Damn right [it’s good to see]. My wife had a baby in her mid 40s, takes it’s toll on her body..
Each to their own: Alison (pictured with Dermot O’Leary) admitted she’s not ‘sure’ she’d be as confident as Kate, joking: ‘I’d be like “put it all in, edit me all out, make me smaller!”
No retouching: In an interview with the New York Times, Kate acknowledged her ‘unglamorous’ appearance in the show may be surprising to some viewers
‘Usually it can feel a bit awkward with the sex scenes, blame that on my Catholic upbringing, but Mrs Wright was much impressed [watching Mare Of Easttown]!’
Kate was widely praised after she revealed she fought to keep an unflattering sex scene with her Mare of Easttown co-star Guy Pearce, which exposed a ‘bulgy bit of belly.’
In order to realistically portray a middle-aged woman in her new HBO limited series, the 45-year-old Oscar winner said her character is ‘a fully functioning, flawed woman with a body and a face that moves in a way that is synonymous with her age.’
‘I think we’re starved of that a bit,’ she said of the scarcity of unfiltered and realistic female bodies on film and television during an interview with the New York Times.
While acknowledging her ‘unglamorous’ appearance in the show may be surprising to some viewers, she said she turned down director Craig Zobel’s offer to edit out ‘a bulgy bit of belly.’
‘Don’t you dare,’ she recalled telling him after he assured her the angle wouldn’t air.
Additionally, she raised eyebrows for sending back the series’ promo poster twice ‘because it was too retouched’ and she knows how ‘many lines’ she really has by the sides of her eyes.
Winslet, who turns 46 in four months, also noted her ‘days are getting a little bit numbered of doing nudity.’
Taking a stand: The star also sent back the series’ promo poster twice ‘because it was too retouched’ and she knows how ‘many lines’ she actually has by the sides of her eyes
‘I’m just not that comfortable doing it anymore. It’s not even really an age thing, actually. There comes a point where people are going to go, ‘Oh, here she goes again,’ she explained to the outlet.
Previously, the actress said she got ‘very fit’ for the role since she had to do ‘a lot of running’ in the show.
‘It’s nice to sense that Mare was once strong in her youth, but I didn’t want to make her an impossible, superhuman forty-something-year-old,’ she told Emmy Magazine last month.
She added: ‘Mostly women aren’t like that. We do what we can in the midst of the juggle of everything else.’
No longer comfortable: Winslet, who turns 46 in four months, also noted her ‘days are getting a little bit numbered of doing nudity’
As for the possibility of her returning to play Detective Mare Sheehan again, the star told TV Line she would love the opportunity.
‘I miss her. I really do. It’s the strangest thing. I feel like I’m in mourning,’ Winslet said. ‘It was an absolutely wonderful role.’
HBO is still calling Mare of Easttown a limited series, and they intend to have it compete in the Limited Series category at the Emmy Awards this year.
The show follows Mare Sheehan, a local Easttown detective who is investigating a young girl’s murder, also starring Julianne Nicholson, Jean Smart and Angourie Rice.
Striving for authenticity: Kate stars in Mare Of Easttown alongside Guy Pearce and Julianne Nicholson (seen in 2017)