Kate Winslet stars in “Mare of Easttown” on HBO, set right here in the Philadelphia region in a fictitious town in very real Delaware County. It's another terrific performance from this Oscar winning actress who always dives in to her roles head first.
In a recent LA Times podcast, Kate said that she fully embraced Pennsylvania culture for her role as Mare Sheehan, a detective in the HBO limited series who is investigating the murder of teenage girl in a Delco town.
Kate has already said learning the Delco accent was the hardest she ever had to do. She even subscribed to the Delco Times, Delaware County’s local daily newspaper, to better understand her character, and get a feel for the area. Reading it every day she kept seeing there were a whole lot of articles mentioning this place called Wawa, and Kate quickly found herself incredibly intrigued.
Here's what she said: "By the time I got there, I was like, 'It's real! Walking into a Wawa ultimately felt like .. it was kind of an honor, in a funny way, because to me that was the heart of Delco. So to finally walk through the door of a Wawa, I don't know why I felt like, 'Oh, yes, I'm here, I belong. This is where it's at. Wawa." She called it mythical!
Winslet mostly stuck to coffee when she made Wawa runs, but cast mate Evan Peters, who plays Detective Colin Zabel on the show, became obsessed with the store's Thanksgiving-themed Gobbler hoagie.
It's no surprise. Everybody from around here loves Wawa, even if you're pretending to be from around here!