The Re-Re-Rebirth of Jean Smart

The Re-Re-Rebirth of Jean Smart


With “Mare of Easttown” and now “Hacks,” an actor that Hollywood undervalued for years continues her career resurgence.

By Alexis Soloski

Jean Smart knows how to commit to a bit. Late into the shoot for “Mare of Easttown,” the grim HBO limited series in which Smart plays Helen, a plain-spoken great-grandmother with a Fruit Ninja habit, she had an idea. During a scene in which Helen’s daughter, Mare (Kate Winslet), leaves for a date, Smart thought that Helen should lean over the stair rail to spy on her.

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