Few joys in life are as simple and fulfilling as the first trip to Wawa. Just ask Kate Winslet, who recently revealed that she was “honored” to be in such a “mythical” place the first time she walked into the East Coast supermarket (and it’s really more than just a supermarket) .
The English actress spoke to the Los Angeles Times about her podcast The Envelope and discussed her role on HBO’s Mare of Easttown, in which she plays a Delaware County detective involved in a mysterious case of a dead girl in town . Winslet was so dedicated to the role that she subscribed to the local newspaper and, of course, studied the very specific Delco accent. She also took a trip to Wawa to familiarize herself with the locale and she was not disappointed.
“It almost felt like a mythical place … Wawa,” she said. “When I got there, I said, ‘It’s real! ‘Stepping into a wawa ultimately felt like it was some kind of honor in a fun way, because to me that was the heart of Delco. So finally go through the door of a wawa; I don’t know why I felt, “Oh yes, I’m here, I belong. Here it is. Wawa. ‘”
The actress also told the podcast that she mostly enjoyed Wawa’s coffee, while costar Evan Peters liked the Hoagies. “He’d say, ‘Ugh, you have to try the gobbler,” she said of her castmate. “And basically it was this gigantic submarine – or Hoagie, this gigantic Hoagie. It’s basically a Thanksgiving meal at a hoagie. He said, “Oh yeah, I’ll just eat that thing and pass out.” And I would say, ‘I’m not surprised! I am not surprised, Evan! ‘”
To the uninitiated, Winslet wasn’t wrong about her perception of wawa. Talk to someone from eastern half of Pennsylvania or southern New Jersey and parts of Maryland and they will tell you just as much. It’s not “just” a grocery store or “just” a gas station, and she’s getting it, and because she was on the winning team in the big Pennsylvania supermarket debate, her attempt at a Delco is an all-forgiving accent.