“I have certainly heard, twice, of certain actors being cast in roles because they have more followers,” she said. “I’ve actually heard people say, ‘She’s not who we wanted to cast, but she has more followers.’ I almost don’t know what to say. It’s so sad and so extraordinarily wrong. I think the danger is not just for young actors but younger people in general now. I think it makes you less present in your real life. Everyone is constantly taking photographs of their food and photographing themselves with filters.”
Less present in your real life - that is absolutely true. If all your energy and focus are going in crafting your social media persona, then already you are behind as an actor. Behind, because you are approaching acting from the wrong direction, in conceiving of acting as crafting a likeable, appealing exterior, captured in little moments, with the only continuity being a superficial narrative of how wonderful you are. I guess it could work if all you play as an actor are glib, shallow socialites, but something tells me that you won't have much of an acting career if you do that.
At any rate, acting is an interior journey, as Winslet discusses via her latest creation, Mare. It takes months of preparation, of creating and filling a backstory. I remember reading about how David Mamet, in his school of acting, basically said he didn't give a shit about how much preparation an actor does, and all he wanted was for them not to fuck up his sacred script and sacred direction. Well, Kate Winslet is the total opposite of this approach, as is Daniel-Day Lewis, and dozens of actors - Brando, DeNiro, and so many others - who embody this kind of thoughtful, intensive, demanding approach to acting. They live on, while Mamet has, oddly enough, disappeared, and I have never heard of a single well-known actor who trained in the Mamet school.