Mare Winningham likes being inside ‘The Outsider’


Emmy winner appears in HBO’s Stephen King adaptation

Mare Winningham of ‘The Outsider’ Sunday on HBO


Q: Jason Bateman and Ben Mendelsohn not only are fellow stars of yours in the Stephen King-inspired “The Outsider,” they’re also producers of it. How did you find working with them while they wore multiple hats?

Bateman) and “Bloodline” (with Mendelsohn). I was late to both of those parties – I’m always late to television; I usually join a show (as a viewer) in Year 2 – but I was watching both of those while we were in pre-production in “The Outsider” and also shooting it.

“Ozark” is where I found out about Jason as a director. I knew he was going to be directing Episodes 1 and 2 of this, and it was really fascinating to see his “Ozark” work and then subsequently to work for him. And I pretty much had all my scenes with Ben, and I adore him.

Q: To stay with your projects in the realm of fantasy, your final shot in “Torchwood: Miracle Day” — with only your moving eye visible from within a car that has been crushed around you — is extremely haunting. Do sci-fi and fantasy fans mention that to you often?

A: No! And I’ve never seen it, so I feel so out of the loop. I remember the shot, and I know the show has a huge cult following. Bill Pullman and I were both in the movie “Dark Waters” recently, and I was reminded that we also had done that. He was a friend already – we had done “Wyatt Earp” together – but I’d forgotten that we were both in “Torchwood.” No one ever references it.

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Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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