Carey Mulligan for InStyle Magazine (June 2020)

Written by Elise on May 06 2020

InStyle – […] Commitment is ingrained in Mulligan, who, at 35, has been married to musician Marcus Mumford (of the folkrock band Mumford & Sons) for eight years and has two children, Evelyn, 4, and Wilfred, 2. When they’re not touring or filming, the family divide their time between their home in London and farm in Devon. It’s by FaceTime that I catch up with Mulligan, who is in Devon, in her second week of self-isolation from COVID-19. (She flashes her phone around to point out some cows languidly walking past her house.) Now, Mulligan and I once had a grand plan to shoot her cover story in Paris, have dinner afterward, the whole tra-la-la. Due to looming travel restrictions, I had to leave early for New York, but Mulligan kept her commitment, gamely shooting this story in cold, rainy weather with a skeleton crew. A week later, even that would be impossible.

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Carey, I have to thank you for making it to Paris for this shoot. It was literally the last story we were able to complete before we all went into lockdown.Ah. Well, at that point the train stations were still jammed, no one was wearing masks, and they weren’t advising people not to travel. But once I got to Paris, it felt odd. I brought one of my best friends, and we were like, “What if we get stuck here? What if someone has it in the hotel?” A week later, none of us would have gone. But I have to say, Paris was still fun. We stayed up late and watched Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in French.

Our subscriber cover image is you, all dressed up in Givenchy, in front of the Eiffel Tower. It’s so glamorous but very poignant now. There were huge crowds of people there that day. Now, life has been shut down in that sense. Our ability to travel is curtailed, but we’re all still curious. I found it so cool how many monuments, zoos, and aquariums started live streaming their exhibits.

How much of that are you doing? Are you on Zoom?I’ve been using Houseparty with my two best friends every Sunday at 8:30 a.m. We’ve all got kids, so we put the TV on for them and sit in bed with a big cup of coffee and catch up, which has been quite nice.

You’ve also been working with the organization War Child, right?Yes. War Child runs child-friendly spaces in refugee camps and conflict zones where children can be protected and educated. Fundraising has come to a grinding halt because the economy has taken such a hit, so I’m planning to take over their Instagram to get more people interested. Marcus also released a cover of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” and all proceeds go to War Child UK and The Grenfell Foundation. It’s such a beautiful song.

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Margot Robbie interviews Carey for Vogue AUS

Written by Elise on May 03 2020

We have been blessed with yet another absolutely gorgeous new photoshoot for Vogue Australia. Carey is featured on the cover of this month’s issue, which is all about strength, solidarity and supporting one another. In this regard, Australian actress Margot Robbie, who produced the film with her company LuckyChap Entertainment, was asked to interview Carey about what makes her performance in Promising Young Woman, and this project, so groundbreaking. The interview (which was done over the phone – stay at home!) is really interesting, and you should absolutely check it out. Read the excerpt below, but head over to the original article to read it in its entirety.

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[…] MR: “What is the best piece of direction you’ve ever been given?”

CM: “Probably Paul Dano on Wildlife when I was really freaking out. In the scene I take my son to dinner with this man I’m having an affair with, then get really drunk and confused about what I’ve been doing and end up kissing this guy in front of my son. It’s a complete car crash. I was doing it and felt like it was the worst acting I’ve ever done in my life. Paul was like: ‘Yeah, you feel like that, she feels like that. Just do the worst version of this. Make it absolutely appalling and that will probably be somewhere where we need to be.’

MR: “That is so clever. And then when you watched the scene in the movie were you happy with it?”

CM: “Yeah, but you’re never like: ‘Woohoo. Ten points.’ And then I had a really good piece from Steve McQueen on Shame. We were doing a scene where I sing New York, New York in a bar with Michael Fassbender and I was terrified. I did my take and he was like: ‘Yeah, we got it’, but then: ‘Okay, so now just sing something else. We can’t have a song that’s written because we won’t be able to get the rights for it, so make something up.’ I remember walking into a toilet and humming random things that sounded like jazz song under my breath, then came out and sang something about a dying rose.

[…] MR: “Name a fellow actor who has impressed you, who has really blown you away in a scene.”

CM: “Oscar Isaac, when we were doing Inside Llewyn Davis, the Coen brothers’ film. He was just on another level. It’s a really common thing for me, when it gets to my line and I’m like: ‘Oh fuck, sorry. Sorry you were just so good I got so distracted.’ All the time I feel that this happens.

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Carey for The Edit by Net-A-Porter

Written by Elise on April 06 2020

Net-A-Porter — “I have always wanted to be in a rom-com,” muses Carey Mulligan. Her admission comes as something of a surprise, given the nature of the actor’s previous screen credits – from the suicidal sister of a sex addict in Shame to a radicalized laundrywoman in Suffragette. But, apparently, she means it: “I’ve been campaigning for [Love Actually rom-com legend] Richard Curtis to write me something for about 10 years!” she reveals.

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[…] Mulligan’s rom-com revelation is relevant because the 34-year-old might initially have thought she had landed one with Promising Young Woman, a movie penned and directed by Killing Eve showrunner Emerald Fennell. “It’s funny, because the reaction I first had when I read the script was, ‘This is soooo romantic’,” she says, almost swooning. “There’s this gorgeous ’80s rom-com in there, with this really believable relationship in the middle of it.” Underpinning it, however, is a black comedy about revenge, sexual assault and toxic masculinity.

The themes look set to make it the talking-point movie of the year. Despite its comedic trappings, the story is rooted in the conversations about consent that have arisen out of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements in recent years. Mulligan’s character, Cassie, who has a traumatic backstory, leads a double life that sees her going to bars pretending to be paralytically drunk in order to lure men who try to take advantage of her when she clearly couldn’t possibly provide consent. Mulligan says the film’s scenarios deepened her own understanding of the issues.

Emerald was very deliberate about not putting anything in the film that we haven’t seen in a rom-com or bro-comedy in the past 20 years,” she says. “Emerald’s [point] was: if [you] take someone home and they are really drunk, and then that person reveals they are not drunk, and you feel guilty, then you know what you are doing isn’t right. What we reflected on, making this film, was the amount of real-life stories like this we know. A lot of this film is stuff that pretty much every woman I know has experienced in some way.

Given the movie’s focus, talk turns to the changes that Mulligan has witnessed in her own industry on the back of #MeToo. “The first concrete measure I saw was doing a play at the Royal Court called Girls & Boys. They gave us a document that was a code of conduct. It was funny because I was the only person in the play,” she recalls. “But the director, the assistant director and writer, we all had to read and sign it. I had never had that in my career. If that had been going on when I started at 18, it would have felt different. Now, I really think it would be wild for something to happen on set. No one would turn a blind eye.

After Fennell sent her the script of Promising Young Woman, Mulligan jumped on board almost immediately, impressed by the writer-director’s strength of vision. “Her confidence really stands out,” says the actor. “I remember sitting with her here and she said, ‘I want to shoot in LA’. Every [indie film] I’ve done was shot in Oklahoma or Louisiana or somewhere random, because it’s cheaper. So, I was like, ‘Cool, I’ll see you in LA’, but expecting to end up in the middle of nowhere. And, sure enough, we shot in LA.

For the “irritatingly talented” Fennell, who is currently working on a new stage version of Cinderella with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Mulligan has nothing but praise. She even burst into tears at a joint photo call at the Sundance Film Festival because she was “genuinely overwhelmed by love and pride” for her friend. The pair first worked together as actors in the 1997 TV drama Trial & Retribution, though neither remembers the other (“we were blinded by fear”). They met again two Christmases ago at a friend’s house. “[Fennell] was on her way to the Killing Eve wrap party and wearing these amazing trousers. I was like, f***, she’s so cool,” recalls Mulligan.

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Carey covers Heroine Magazine

Written by Elise on March 10 2020

Evening StandardCarey Mulligan says she is always more excited to work with female directors because women have to “work that much harder” to get to the top.

Her latest film, Promising Young Woman, is written, directed and produced by Killing Eve showrunner Emerald Fennell.

Mulligan said: “I feel like when you get an email with the script to read, or when you audition for something that is being directed by a woman, it always makes me a little bit more excited, because I think, probably, that woman has had to work that much harder, or be that much better to have gotten to this point.

The actress, 34, won a Bafta in 2010 for her role in An Education and has since starred in The Great Gatsby, Drive and Suffragette.

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She said she had been nervous about starring in comic thriller Promising Young Woman as Cassie, a woman who fights back against men trying to take advantage of her, because it was “so far removed” from her previous roles. But she told fellow actress Frances McDormand, who interviewed her for Heroine Magazine, that the film “is my favourite thing ever, I love it, and I rarely say that about anything.

She also spoke about the advice she received from her husband, Mumford & Sons frontman Marcus Mumford, when she had to sing in 2013 film Inside Llewyn Davis. She said: “I was so nervous and I remember Marcus walking in after the second take and doing this hand gesture to tell me to sing quieter because I was singing a little bit like I was auditioning for Les Misérables.” “My entire childhood I’d dreamed of being a musical theatre actress but I didn’t have a good enough voice. Somehow I managed to get this job and I was blasting out 500 Miles and he had to come in and moderate.

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