Kate Winslet struggled with tough break-up scenes in ‘Mildred Pierce’

London: Kate Winslet has revealed that she struggled to portray the breakdown of a relationship in new TV mini-series ‘Mildred Pierce’, because the scenes reminded her of splitting from husband Sam Mendes.

The ‘Titanic’ star announced the end of her seven-year marriage to the ‘American Beauty’ director last year (10).

“It was tough. There were moments like that one where I was using things from my own life in my performance,” the Daily Express quoted Kate as saying.

“There were days when I’d almost feel comatose.”

But the actress found a delicious distraction during filming in the form of male model Louis Dowler, whom she dated for eight months.

In ‘Mildred Pierce’, a remake of the 1945 Joan Crawford film, Winslet plays an American in the Thirties who refuses to be a victim of the economic downturn and works hard to make something of herself.

“I connected with Mildred. I share her survival instinct. My parents didn’t have any money. I know what it’s like to work hard to get by and make something of yourself,” she said.