Not since Big Little Lies has a series on HBO had us on the edge of our seats and playing whodunnit quite like Mare of Easttown. The critically acclaimed show follows a small-town—emphasis on the small—detective (played by Kate Winslet) investigating a murder in southeast Pennsylvania, a place where, for better or worse, everybody knows your name.
But the name to watch in the series is less familiar. She’s also on the cusp of mega-stardom. Angourie Rice, 20, plays Winslet’s college-bound daughter Siobhan, an aspiring musician who’s struggling to navigate the grief she feels about the death of her brother as well as the complicated relationship she has with her mom. Oh! She also happens to be one of the last people to have seen the murder victim alive. (No spoilers, promise.)
It’s not the first-time the Australian-born Rice has shared the screen with an A-Lister (just peep her performances opposite Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling in The Nice Guys or Tom Holland in Spider-Man: Far from Home), which may be the reason she’s able to take the buzz around her performance in stride. She’s also weirdly coming of age just like her character, navigating her first time away from home for this role (an experience that ended with a global pandemic before she returned to the set this past fall) and figuring out how to strike a balance between her personal and professional life (living across the world from Hollywood definitely helps). Chatting with us from Melbourne—at 5:30 a.m., thanks to the time difference—Rice talks Mare of Easttown, self-improvement and how Kate Winslet helped her channel calm on set.