Carey Mulligan returned to theatre because of the lack of brilliant female roles in film.
The 28-year-old actress is returning to London’s West End after a seven-year hiatus to star alongside Bill Nighy in a revival of playwright David Hare’s ‘Skylight‘ and she admits it’s because she couldn’t pass up the chance to take on the lead.
She said: ”There are so few brilliantly written female characters out there and she’s such a great opportunity.”
Since her last theatre appearance in ‘The Seagull‘ in 2007, the ‘Inside Llewyn Davis‘ actress has won numerous awards for her roles in films such as ‘An Education‘ and ‘Never Let Me Go‘, but she’s confessed the storyline of ‘Skylight‘ persuaded her to return to the stage.
She explained: ”I was drawn to the intimacy of it, and how it was so focused on one conversation and how two people who have history both see the same event.
”The challenge of filling that stage for one and a half hours, going head to head with one actor and of having to find new experiences with the same material night after night and figure out more stuff about it. It’s very exciting.”
However, as Mulligan has also been busy working on her new film ‘Suffragette‘ alongside Meryl Streep, she’s confessed she hasn’t had time to stress over her return to the stage.
She added to Britain’s Vogue magazine: ”I’ve been so wrapped up in the film I haven’t really thought about ‘Skylight‘, which is probably a good thing because I haven’t been worrying about it.”
I have just uploaded 237 beautiful Blu-Ray quality screen captures of Carey from her small role as Jean from her 2013 film Inside Llewyn Davis. Check them out:
Film Productions > Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) > Screen Captures (Blu-Ray)
On Sunday night, Carey’s 2013 film The Great Gatsby was awarded two awards at the 86th Academy Awards, for Best Achievement in Costume Design (Catherine Martin) and Best Achievement in Production Design (Catherine Martin and Beverley Dunn).
The Great Gatsby triumphed over fellow nominees American Hustle, The Grandmaster, The Invisible Woman and Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave for Best Costume Design, turning Martin into the most successful Australian in Oscars history.
Martin spoke to ABC before the ceremony and praised the nominations for The Great Gatsby team: “Along with the AACTA awards, it marks a great shift, I think, for our industry in recognising that we can make any story in [Australia].” Catherine Martin now has four Oscars after previously winning for her work on Moulin Rouge!, also directed by her husband Baz Luhrmann.
Meryl Streep is in final negotiations to take on the role of iconic political activist Emmeline Pankhurst in the drama Suffragette.
The Ruby Films project, which also stars Carey Mulligan, will start shooting in the U.K. on Monday.
Mulligan plays a young foot soldier of the early feminist movement who is radicalized and turns to violence after seeing peaceful protests achieve nothing.
Streep has a smaller but important role in the film. Sarah Gavron is directing the pic from a script by Abi Morgan, who worked with Steep on The Iron Lady.
Pankhurst was the leader of the British suffragette movement who founded the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in the early 1900s.
The Daily Mail reports that Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy have signed on to star as former lovers in Stephen Daldry’s upcoming West End revival of David Hare’s Skylight. The production will begin performances June 6 at Wyndham’s Theatre. This will be Mulligan’s West End debut.
Hare saw Mulligan onstage in The Seagull — “She’s incredible on stage,” he told the Mail — and thought she would do well as Kyra Hollis.
Kyra is a teacher in London who is reunited with her ex, a restaurateur called Tom Sergeant (Nighy). The pair soon discovers they now disagree on everything from politics to sex.
Nighy has played Tom in a previous revival and told the Mail that his decision to appear in the play again “is an odd thing”. But he described Skylight as “funny, accessible and romantic”.
Also in the cast will be Matthew Beard, who appeared opposite Mulligan in the movie An Education, as Tom’s son.
Tickets are available online now – I’ve already ordered mine!
A little update, with some images of Carey from her last two public appearances – on December 12 she appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and on January 06 she appeared on Today, all to promote Inside Llewyn Davis.
Public Appearances > 2013 > Dec 12 | “Jimmy Kimmel Live”
Public Appearances > 2014 > Jan 06 | “Today”
Thanks to our lovely friend Lindsey, I’ve just added a gorgeous portrait session that Carey did at the end of 2013 – isn’t it just beautiful? I’ve also added a HQ image from Carey’s recent W Magazine interview, and a scan from Harper’s Bazaar, courtesy of Luciana. Enjoy!
Photoshoots & Portraits > 2013 > Session 006
Photoshoots & Portraits > 2014 > Session 001
Press > 2014 > Feb | Harper’s Bazaar
Last night, Carey was on The Graham Norton Show to promote Inside Llewyn Davis, and gave a typically adorable interview – I don’t think I’ve ever seen her so giggly on a talk show! HD screen captures have been added to the gallery.
Screen Captures > 2014 > Jan 10 | The Graham Norton Show
Late last September, Carey Mulligan stood on the stage at the Town Hall in New York surrounded by some of the most famous musicians in the world—including her husband, Marcus Mumford, of Mumford & Sons, Patti Smith, and Joan Baez—and she looked as if she might faint. “I was terrified to sing in that company,” Mulligan recalled two months later, still sounding shaky and awestruck. She was on her way to the airport in Los Angeles, about to return home to London, where she had recently filmed Far From the Madding Crowd, an adaptation of the Thomas Hardy novel. The film represents a return to Mulligan’s British roots: In 2013, she played the iconic American character Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, as well as Jean Berkey, a complex American folksinger in Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis. “I wasn’t sure I could do the part,” Mulligan said of the latter. “I was so immersed in the fantasy world of Daisy. I finished Gatsby on a Friday afternoon, and by the weekend I was in a long wig filming Llewyn Davis in Washington Square Park.” Mulligan appreciated being able to stomp around in a trenchcoat after all the Gatsby gowns and jewels. “As Jean, I was swearing like a trooper, and the Coens would be saying, ‘More, more—make her even harsher!’?” she said, laughing. “There was never a conversation about trying to make any of the characters in Llewyn Davis likable.”
Based loosely on the autobiography of Dave Van Ronk, the film centers on an uncompromising folksinger who would rather self–destruct than sell out. Oscar Isaac, in the title role of Davis, is at once maddening and captivating. Berkey, his sometime lover and a singer herself, is envious of and angered by his artistic purity of intent. Like pretty much every Coen brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis is the story of a beautiful American loser.
“My biggest concern was the singing,” Mulligan continued. “I was a wreck. But when T Bone Burnett [the musical producer for the film] asked me to sing 500 Miles at Town Hall, I couldn’t say no. Every time I did the song, I’d fuck it up. T Bone told me, ‘Whiskey helps.’ I hadn’t had a drink in a month, but after three sips, I was so up for singing.”
In fact, Mulligan sang beautifully at the Town Hall that night (and also in the movie) as part of Another Day, Another Time, a concert benefiting the National Recording Preservation Foundation. “The community of musicians is so enviable,” she recalled. “They walk into a room and they are immediately friends because they all play music. Actors don’t have that easy rapport—we can walk into a room and start improvising, but nobody wants that.”
When she was young, growing up in hotels all over Europe where her father worked as a manager, Mulligan, 28, often took the male roles in the all-girl schools she attended. “The men had better parts,” she told me. “The girl parts were always a bit lame.” In her professional career, she has made a point of not accepting roles as the woman in the shadow of the leading man. “I rather like being brutal in movies. I never thought it would be very interesting to play someone uncomplicated. I find if I’m not scared, then I’m probably not right for the role.”
Carey has appeared on Total Film’s list of the 50 Most Exciting Actors of 2014, and here’s what they had to say:
#50 Carey Mulligan
The Exciting Actor: Carey Mulligan made everybody pay attention with her surprisingly mature turn in An Education.
Though her movie choices have been hit and miss in the years since then, there’s no denying she’s a talent to keep tabs on, especially in 2014.
Why 2014 Could Be Their Year: The Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis has garnered much attention on the festival circuit, with Mulligan singled out for her performance, while Far From The Madding Crowd promises drama by the bucket-load.