Kate Winslet Wouldn't Rewear Her 'Mildred Pierce' Wardrobe

03/30/2011 at 04:30 PM ET

Kate Winslet Mildred Pierce Undergarments
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She’s earning raves for her performance — and her period costumes — as a Depression-era single mom in the HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce, but you won’t see Kate Winslet wearing those on-screen outfits again anytime soon. “Under no circumstances,” she told StyleList when asked if she’d revisit her character’s wardrobe, which spanned the 1930s. Why the aversion to the clothes? Winslet’s co-star (and onscreen daughter) Evan Rachel Wood offered a clue: the film’s costume designer, Ann Roth, was a stickler for period detail, down to the restrictive undergarments. “It was uncomfortable. Oh, absolutely,” Wood said of the girdles and garter belts. “It was tight, it was hot, but you have to do it.” Despite the discomfort, Winslet said she really appreciated how much the clothes helped tell the story of Pierce’s life. “I loved watching each shape change … based on the period, but also based on Mildred’s success and her own sense of confidence and her own sense of style as well, which really does seem to develop.” Catch the next episode of Mildred Pierce at 9 p.m. Sunday on HBO. —Alex Apatoff


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