For Flaunt‘s Issue 127, The Fabrication Issue, we snagged oh-so-svelt actress Carey Mulligan, whose future releases include Inside Llewyn Davis and the much-anticipated The Great Gatsby. Check out photos by the talented Stevie & Mada, and look for the complete feature—an experimental profile of the actress as told by a fictional childhood friend—when the magazine hits newsstands next week.
English actress Carey Mulligan graces the cover of Bazaar’s June issue in an ethereal cover shoot featuring Prada, Erdem and Bottega Veneta. She met with Ajesh Patalay to talk about life as Mrs Mumford, working with Leonardo di Caprio and those persistent pregnancy rumours. Below, Ajesh shares five behind-the-scenes things about Carey that you may not know.
CAREY’S ACTING HEROES…
…are Daniel Day Lewis and Cate Blanchet.
When she was at Woldingham, her girls boarding school in Surrey, she played John Proctor in the school production of The Crucible (the part played by Daniel Day Lewis in the film version). She met the actor at the British Independent Film Awards a few years ago. “He wrote me this beautiful handwritten note a couple of weeks afterwards just saying how nice it was to meet me and that he’d like An Education. His penmanship was beautiful. The note was the most beautiful thing. If my house was burning down I would save that. It is so precious.”
“When I was about 14 years old at school we had a copy in our rec room of Elisabeth starring Cate Blanchett and we just watched it over and over again. Then I met Cate in Sydney because she had worked with my co-star Joel Edgerton [who plays Tom Buchanan in Gatsby]. They had done A Streetcar Named Desire together, so we all went round to her house for lunch. She was so wonderful. She lived up to my expectations.”
CAREY’S MUSIC TO DANCE TO…
…She used to listen to LMFAO Party Rock Anthem on the set of The Great Gatsby. “That’s what we used to dance to. It’s also the song that made me laugh hysterically and there were lots of times when I needed to go into a scene with that kind of energy.”
THE LAST BIG GIG CAREY WENT TO (other than one of her husband’s)…
“… was the Take That Reunion at the O2 with friends when I was 21 or 22! I was a huge Take That fan when I was younger. I never went to cool Notting Hill dives. I don’t really know what to do with my hands at gigs.”
CAREY’S MIXED-CD SPECIAL…
… is for her grandmother who suffers from severe Alzheimer’s (Carey is an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society). “I make [her] mix-tape CDs of different music. Music is something she responds to. She used to sing along. Now she just taps along, which is an amazing indication of the things the brain retains. She really responds to male voice choirs and she loves Bryn Terfel.”
The Great Gatsby opens on both sides of the Atlantic on 10th May 2013.
With The Great Gatsby just around the corner, Carey’s started to appear on the cover of a few magazines, including US Vogue and Interview Russia, and I have added both covers to the gallery. Scans will be added as soon as I can find them.
Along with 3-D effects and a soundtrack produced by Jay-Z, Baz Luhrmann’s spectacular, all-star production of The Great Gatsby casts the inimitable Carey Mulligan as Gatsby’s bewitching obsession, Daisy Buchanan.
“Here,” says Carey Mulligan, alighting excitedly on a page in a well-thumbed paperback biography of Zelda Fitzgerald. “ ‘She had no more worries than a puppy would have, or a kitten. . . .’ That’s Zelda. That’s Daisy.”
We are in a café in Covent Garden, and the 27-year-old actress is taking me through her research for the role of Daisy in Baz Luhrmann’s forthcoming adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Her blonde hair newly grown out, Mulligan is wearing some battered cowboy boots she bought in Montana (“I was thrown from an actual horse in them”), leggings, and a much-loved brown sweater with holes in the elbows, shrunk with too many washes. Last night, she stayed with her parents in order to take her mother to a cooking class as a belated Christmas present; she has just emerged from a five-hour marathon of pasta-making: “one big table and everyone mucking in, all tasting from the same pot.” Hence the jumbly, just-pulled-on clothes.
“I still haven’t moved everything into my grown-up house,” she explains, that being the house she has just bought in London with new husband Marcus Mumford, of the Grammy-winning British folk band Mumford & Sons. While she was home, she also looked for her Gatsby workbook. “My mum and I were in my bedroom last night because that’s where all my stuff went when I got back from Sydney. We were tearing through, trying to find it. I had Marcus check at home. I think I’ve lost it.”
She doesn’t seem too concerned, having brought with her instead a collection of battered paperbacks and a large sheaf of photocopied letters to F. Scott Fitzgerald from Ginevra King, the sixteen-year-old Chicago debutante with whom Fitzgerald first fell in love and who gave him the outline for so many of the women in his fiction. Princeton University Library copied the entire unpublished set for Mulligan, who devoured them as bedside reading, “soaking up her view of the world, the way she spoke,” she says, turning to one of the letters. “ ‘Yours ’til the little devils in hell go skating.’ I love that. ‘There’s so little to me that I’m not hard to forget quickly….’ That dichotomy between Daisy having that attitude but meaning the exact opposite….”
Carey is the cover girl for AnOther Magazine‘s fall/winter issue, looking amazing in what’s going to be a rather unique shoot. The magazine is on sale next week, and so far I have added the cover and some gorgeous shots to the gallery. Enjoy!
I’ve just come across a gorgeous shot of Carey (and Great Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann) from the July issue of Vogue. I hope there is more to this editorial!
Press > from 2012 > Jul | Vogue
I have just added two sets of magazine scans to the gallery – thanks to Ivonne for the Elle France November set, and to Ludovic for the Premiere France March set. I have also some missing stills of Carey from when she performed in The Seagull and more gorgeous shots from the recent Shame press conference – enjoy!
Press > from 2011 > Nov | Elle France
Press > from 2011 > Mar | Premiere France
Other Projects > Theatre Productions > The Seagull (2007) > Stills
Public Appearances > 2011 > Oct 28 | “Shame” Press Conference
Carey Mulligan is on the cover of the November 18 issue of The Hollywood Reporter, as they kick off Oscar season with their annual roundtable series. In the first, Carey is joined by Charlize Theron, Michelle Williams, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Glenn Close as they discuss their regrets, the mean things people say to them and why Davis hates it when a black actress’ performance is called “dignified.”
I have added the magazine cover to the gallery, and will try and get hold of scans as soon as I can. Check out a cute snippet from the interview below: