Kate Winslet didn’t do a ton of press around Mare of Easttown, but I am expecting her to talk more about the series now that every episode has aired and the conversations are not littered with spoilers. Plus, she’ll want to campaign for awards for her outstanding work in the limited series, and she absolutely will deserve all of the nominations and awards she gets for playing Mare. She was great! During her recent press campaigns, Kate hasn’t talked that much about her husband, Ned Rocknroll. I low-key wondered if there were some marriage issues, honestly. But in a recent interview, Kate was back to talking up Ned, who I guess we’re calling Edward Abel Smith now. Media outlets are referring to him as “formerly known as Ned Rocknroll” so he really did change his name back, which he promised to do in 2019. Some highlights:
On Ned/Edward: Kate called him “the superhot, superhuman, stay-at-home dad.” Winslet shares a son, 7-year-old Bear Blaze with Abel Smith, 43, whom she married in 2012. “He looks after us, especially me. I said to him earlier, like, ‘Neddy, could you do something for me?’ He just went, ‘Anything.’ He is an absolutely extraordinary life partner.”
He reads lines with her: “I’m so, so, so lucky. For a man who is severely dyslexic, as he is, he’s great at testing me on lines. It’s so hard for him to read out loud, but he still does it.”
He never thought he’d marry an actress: The Oscar winner admitted that Abel Smith “didn’t particularly plan on meeting and marrying a woman who is in the public eye and therefore having been so judged” but that he handles it well.
He’s all about the calming energy: “He’s vegan, does yoga, breath work and cold water swims.”
For what it’s worth, Ned (I can’t get used to his real name) is from a well-connected family and his first wife was a well-connected aristocrat, then he began to eschew that sort of double-barrelled aristocratic life and fell in love with an actress. And now he’s a stay-at-home dad and he travels with Kate when she’s working and all of that. I would imagine he’s pretty happy, and clearly, it works for them. Her two previous partners were very much “in the industry” and they often had competing work schedules, especially Sam Mendes. I feel like Winslet wanted something a lot different with this relationship.
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