Elizabeth Debicki had ‘zero camera craft’ when making The Great Gatsby

Elizabeth Debicki had no idea how to act in front of a camera when she made Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.The Australian actress had just graduated from the University of Melbourne’s Victorian College of the Arts, where she studied drama, when sh…

Elizabeth Debicki had no idea how to act in front of a camera when she made Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.

The Australian actress had just graduated from the University of Melbourne’s Victorian College of the Arts, where she studied drama, when she was cast as Jordan Baker, the best friend of Carey Mulligan’s Daisy Buchanan, in the 2013 movie.

The big-budget Hollywood film marked her second-ever on-camera role and she had no idea what she was doing.

“I had zero camera craft. I had no idea,” she admitted to Britain’s The Observer. “I was such a baby when I made that movie. This is the first time I’ve ever really admitted that, but I was 20, and what did I know? … I just kind of jumped on that Baz machine. I had nothing to compare the scale of the movie to because I had never really made anything before. The size of it, the madness of it, the number of extras and the detail… It was a wormhole, it was an alternate reality.”

Instead of being worried because of her lack of experience, the 29-year-old had “the best time possible” because she had “nothing to be afraid of yet”, and she spent her time learning from her co-stars, which also included Leonardo DiCaprio, Jason Clarke, and Tobey Maguire.

“(I discovered that) Leo was maybe even more in a scene when he wasn’t even on camera – he really held the psychological space of the work for everybody,” she praised. “I really remember observing that and thinking, that’s so interesting. That’s really how you do it. He’s deeply generous as an actor and I was fascinated by it. Best masterclass ever.”

Debicki has since gone on to star in films such as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Widows, the TV miniseries The Night Manager, and will next be seen in Christopher Nolan’s Tenet.

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Carey Mulligan intimidated by comedians on set of Promising Young Woman

Carey Mulligan felt “intimidated” working with comedians on her upcoming movie Promising Young Woman.The British actress is best known for her work in serious dramas, such as An Education, Suffragette, and The Great Gatsby – so she felt a little da…

Carey Mulligan felt “intimidated” working with comedians on her upcoming movie Promising Young Woman.

The British actress is best known for her work in serious dramas, such as An Education, Suffragette, and The Great Gatsby – so she felt a little daunted when she had to perform alongside comedians for the dark comedy-drama about a young woman who seeks out vengeance against those who cross her path.

In an interview with U.S. InStyle magazine, the 35-year-old admitted being in a film with a blooper reel was a foreign experience.

“I definitely felt intimidated at first because I was surrounded by comedians like Bo Burnham and Jennifer Coolidge, but we all got on so well” she shared. “(Director) Emerald (Fennell) would say, ‘Just try one where you’re really camping it up.’ It’s the only film I’ve ever been in that has a blooper reel.”

The movie appears to touch on a lot of themes that arose as part of the #MeToo movement, but Mulligan insisted Fennell actually wrote her script before the organisation gained traction in 2017.

“Emerald wrote it before the movement started, but the conversation has become more nuanced in the last couple of years,” she explained. “Everything in the film, you’ve seen in a bro comedy, where the guy tries to get the girl really drunk. And it’s all been like, ‘Haha.’ But then you suddenly look at it through this different lens and go, ‘Actually, no. That makes me uncomfortable.’”

Elsewhere in the chat, the Inside Llewyn Davis star admitted she had a creative crush on Fennell, which is something she has previously experienced with her Mudbound director Dee Rees and An Education co-star Emma Thompson.

“It happened on Mudbound, watching Dee Rees and (cinematographer) Rachel Morrison make an extraordinary epic in 28 days. And again, with Emma Thompson in An Education. There are a lot of people who’ve been quite impactful,” she said.

Promising Young Woman is currently without a release date.

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Margot Robbie ‘almost died’ when Carey Mulligan signed up for new film

Margot Robbie was so excited when Carey Mulligan agreed to star in Promising Young Woman that she “almost died”.The Suicide Squad actress and her team at LuckyChap Entertainment produced Emerald Fennell’s black comedy, which stars Mulligan as Cas…

Margot Robbie was so excited when Carey Mulligan agreed to star in Promising Young Woman that she “almost died”.

The Suicide Squad actress and her team at LuckyChap Entertainment produced Emerald Fennell’s black comedy, which stars Mulligan as Cassie, a woman who goes to bars and pretends to be drunk in order to trap men who try to take advantage of her when she’s unable to give consent.

Robbie interviewed the British star for Vogue Australia magazine, and during the chat, revealed she was thrilled to land an actress she admired so much.

“I almost died the day you signed on. I remember saying: ‘I can’t believe we’ve got Carey Mulligan for this role,’” she recalled to Mulligan. “But every step of the process I’ve been even more impressed and I’m just in awe of you.”

The Australian actress recalled how she would watch the dailies, or the footage shot that day, with her team and be in awe of the Oscar nominee’s performance.

“I remember watching the dailies and saying to Josey (McNamara) and Tom (Ackerley): ‘Every take she does is brilliant. I don’t know what Emerald is going to use in the edit because every single take is powerful and committed,’” Robbie shared. “I was just glued to the screen and I think people are going to have that experience watching the film.

“And I think people are also going to get a real kick out of seeing the Carey Mulligan – this incredible actress of the stage and the silver screen – wearing this tiny Spandex dress with mascara running down her face. I get a real kick out of seeing you embody this completely transformative character.”

Promising Young Woman, which also stars Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, and Connie Britton, is currently without a release date.

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Carey Mulligan names baseball caps as her best off-duty style hack

Carey Mulligan has declared the humble baseball cap to be her best off-duty style hack.In an interview for the May 2020 issue of U.S. InStyle magazine, the British actress professed that she has “really fallen for baseball caps” lately. Noting that her…

Carey Mulligan has declared the humble baseball cap to be her best off-duty style hack.

In an interview for the May 2020 issue of U.S. InStyle magazine, the British actress professed that she has “really fallen for baseball caps” lately.

Noting that her head accessory of choice is from Outdoor Voices with the words ‘Doing Things’ on the front, Mulligan told the publication she used to feel self-conscious about wearing a cap “because I’m not American, but it’s a great way to navigate life without make-up”.

And as for her regular beauty routine, The Great Gatsby star likes to keep her cosmetics to a minimum.

“For day-to-day, I just do a little concealer, curl my eyelashes, and use Glossier Boy Brow because I like to comb these bad boys out,” the 34-year-old commented of her eyebrows, before also noting that she is partial to a facial. “I love facials. If I’m lucky and happen to be in America at the right time, I see (aesthetician) Joanna Czech. She’s incredible. In London, I go to Pfeffer Sal.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Mulligan admitted she has moments of self-doubt around her looks and age, especially after noticing some lines on her face while she was performing in the play Girls & Boys.

Yet, the mother-of-two is adamant she doesn’t fixate on the ageing process.

“I ordered some expensive cream, put it on for two days, and then forgot all about it,” she added.

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Carey Mulligan impressed by new movie director’s confidence and vision

Carey Mulligan signed up for Promising Young Woman almost immediately because she was impressed by writer/director Emerald Fennell’s confidence and strength of vision.Fennell’s directorial debut is a black comedy about revenge, sexual assault, and …

Carey Mulligan signed up for Promising Young Woman almost immediately because she was impressed by writer/director Emerald Fennell’s confidence and strength of vision.

Fennell’s directorial debut is a black comedy about revenge, sexual assault, and toxic masculinity, and follows Mulligan’s character Cassie, who goes to bars and pretends to be totally drunk to trap men who try to take advantage of her when she’s unable to give consent.

Fennell, who served as showrunner on the second season of Killing Eve, sent the British actress the script and Mulligan jumped on board almost immediately because she was so impressed with the screenplay.

“Her confidence really stands out,” she told Porter magazine. “I remember sitting with her here and she said, ‘I want to shoot in L.A.’ 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 L.A.’, but expecting to end up in the middle of nowhere. And, sure enough, we shot in L.A.”

The pair actually first worked together as actors in the 1997 British TV drama Trial & Retribution, but they were so “blinded by fear” that they don’t remember each other. They encountered each other once again two Christmases ago at a friend’s house, with Mulligan recalling, “(Fennell) was on her way to the Killing Eve wrap party and wearing these amazing trousers. I was like, ‘F**k, she’s so cool.’”

They debuted the film at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and the Suffragette star burst into tears at a photocall because she was “genuinely overwhelmed by love and pride” for her “irritatingly talented” friend.

Promising Young Woman, also starring Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, and Connie Britton, was set for release in April, but is currently without a date during to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Carey Mulligan tries to channel Cate Blanchett on the red carpet

Carey Mulligan tries to emulate Cate Blanchett’s “cool” attitude on the red carpet.The Great Gatsby actress dislikes being photographed and doesn’t enjoy glitzy events, so she looks to the Australian star for inspiration on how to act “cool” and smile …

Carey Mulligan tries to emulate Cate Blanchett’s “cool” attitude on the red carpet.

The Great Gatsby actress dislikes being photographed and doesn’t enjoy glitzy events, so she looks to the Australian star for inspiration on how to act “cool” and smile with her eyes while attending a premiere or awards show.

“When I’m on the red carpet, whatever I’m wearing, I am ultimately myself,” she told Porter magazine. “People say, ‘Pretend you’re Cate Blanchett.’ And I do go to red carpets thinking, ‘Be Blanchett. Try and be cool. Smiling with your eyes,’ but it doesn’t work.”

When asked if The Aviator actress does actually smile with her eyes, Carey replied, “She smiles, but she has this amazing smile that is just her eyes,” and when asked if she could show the reporter the smile, she blushed and said, “I can’t, I can’t. So unfair!”

The 34-year-old has been candid in the past about how red carpet events used to stress her out so much she would end up in tears.

“I would do red carpets and be a wreck by the end; I found it awful and weird, standing there in my outfits with my body being judged and my appearance and make-up,” she told So It Goes magazine in 2017. “It’s a f**king weird, bizarre thing to have 200 people screaming at you taking a photo.”

Carey also shared in a chat with The Sunday Times’ Style magazine in 2018 that she was “scared” of wearing expensive designer dresses because that felt like something a model should be doing, rather than her. However, the events affect her less these days as she has been able to “put (them) into perspective”.

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Carey Mulligan has been ‘campaigning for 10 years’ to star in a romcom

Carey Mulligan has been campaigning for Richard Curtis to cast her in one of his romantic comedies for 10 years.In a new interview with Porter magazine, the British actress, who has starred in films such as An Education, The Great Gatsby, and Suffraget…

Carey Mulligan has been campaigning for Richard Curtis to cast her in one of his romantic comedies for 10 years.

In a new interview with Porter magazine, the British actress, who has starred in films such as An Education, The Great Gatsby, and Suffragette, revealed there is one movie genre she has been actively campaigning to appear in.

“I have always wanted to be in a rom-com,” she said. “I’ve been campaigning for Richard Curtis to write me something for about 10 years!” referring to the Love Actually and Notting Hill writer.

When she received the script for Promising Young Woman, a black comedy exploring the dark side of romance, with themes of revenge, sexual assault and toxic masculinity, she thought she’d landed upon a romantic movie.

“It’s funny, because the reaction I first had when I read the script was, ‘This is soooo romantic’,” she continued. “There’s this gorgeous ’80s rom-com in there, with this really believable relationship in the middle of it.”

However, the manipulation throughout Emerald Fennell’s film soon becomes apparent and, while the subject matter is tough, Carey found it easy to identify with her character Cassie Thomas as “a lot of this film is stuff that pretty much every woman I know has experienced in some way.”

Promising Young Woman, also starring Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, and Adam Brody, was originally set to be released on 17 April, but has been delayed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Carey Mulligan calls for overhaul of Oscars voting system

Carey Mulligan has called for an overhaul of the Oscars voting system as she believes it’s “not working”.The British actress discussed the all-male Best Director nominees at the upcoming Academy Awards during an interview at the Variety Studio at the S…

Carey Mulligan has called for an overhaul of the Oscars voting system as she believes it’s “not working”.

The British actress discussed the all-male Best Director nominees at the upcoming Academy Awards during an interview at the Variety Studio at the Sundance Film Festival.

Sharing her disappointment at the lack of acknowledgement for female-directed films such as Little Women, Hustlers and The Farewell, Mulligan said the voting system is “not working” and suggested that every member of the Academy should have to prove they have seen “every single” eligible film.

“I don’t think you can watch those films and not think they deserve recognition,” the 34-year-old explained. “I think they need to be watched. I wonder if the system works in terms of getting sent 100 screeners. Maybe you shouldn’t be allowed to vote unless you can prove you’ve seen every single one. There should be a test. The films that did get left out are indisputably brilliant.”

Mulligan told reporters that while it was positive the movies were getting made by female directors, it was only “baby steps” and more action needed to be taken to get women recognised for their achievements.

“People simply aren’t seeing these films because I think if they did they would be moved to vote for them. The system doesn’t work. For a film like Hustlers and a performance like Jennifer Lopez’s, (if it) can’t get recognised then something’s not working,” she said, noting the star’s surprising snub from the Best Supporting Actress category.

“And Greta Gerwig, again producing an incredible film and not getting recognition as a director, there’s just something that needs fixing but I’m not the smart person to fix it,” the Oscar-nominated actress concluded.

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Keira Knightley and Eddie Redmayne model Disney’s Red Nose Day T-shirts

Keira Knightley, Eddie Redmayne and Carey Mulligan are among the celebrities to model TK Maxx’s new Comic Relief charity T-shirts.The high street retailer has been working with Comic Relief since 2005, and has once again joined forces with the charity …

Keira Knightley, Eddie Redmayne and Carey Mulligan are among the celebrities to model TK Maxx’s new Comic Relief charity T-shirts.

The high street retailer has been working with Comic Relief since 2005, and has once again joined forces with the charity drive, which holds a biennial event called Red Nose Day, to help raise money through the sale of special T-shirts.

This year, the garment has had a Disney makeover, with drawings of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, Bambi, Eeyore and Dumbo, all with an added red nose, adorning adults’ and kids’ T-shirts and a kitchen apron. Legendary artist Sir Peter Blake has also created a limited-edition design, bringing Mickey Mouse and pop art together exclusively for Red Nose Day.

Sophie Dahl, rockers The 1975, Lottie Moss, Poppy Delevingne, Victoria actress Jenna Coleman and a host of other British stars are also a part of the campaign, which was shot by Greg Williams.

Introducing a video explaining how the Red Nose Day T-shirts helps Ugandan farmers, who grow Fairtrade cotton, supported by TK Maxx’s sustainable trade programme, Keira says: “Like the T-shirt? Wait until you hear the story behind it. Watch this little film from Comic Relief and TK Maxx.”

Prices range from £6.99 – £16.99 ($9 – $22) with at least £4.50 ($6) from the sale of each adult tee and £2.50 ($3) from each kids’ tee going to Comic Relief to help vulnerable people in the U.K. and some of the world’s poorest communities.

A Disney spokesperson told Cover Media: “We are delighted to have inspired this year’s range for Red Nose Day. It’s great that our much-loved characters will put smiles on people’s faces and help raise vital funds to bring comfort and inspiration to vulnerable children and their families in the U.K. and further afield.”

Red Nose Day 2019 takes place on 15 March (19).

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Amal Clooney’s showstopping royal wedding dress available to buy

Copies of Amal Clooney’s popular Stella McCartney dress are now available to purchase. The human rights lawyer, who is married to Hollywood actor George Clooney, made a splash at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex in May (…

Copies of Amal Clooney’s popular Stella McCartney dress are now available to purchase. 

The human rights lawyer, who is married to Hollywood actor George Clooney, made a splash at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex in May (18) when she stepped out at Windsor Castle, England in a marigold yellow midi dress with cap sleeves and matching hat from the London-based fashion designer.

Amal’s ensemble proved to be a major hit with fans on social media, and now, Stella has released replicas of the dress for customers to buy.

“Worn by Amal Clooney to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding, Stella McCartney’s canary-yellow Amal dress will make an elegant statement at a special occasion,” a description of the garment reads on the Matches Fashion website. “It’s crafted to a vintage-inspired silhouette with a lightly pleated square neckline and ties at the back which flow over the figure-flattering shape. Style it with metallic accessories and glittering pumps for a sophisticated edit.”

Known as the Amal Tie-Back Crepe Dress, the number is currently only available in yellow. The dress is priced at $1,612 (£1,250).

Apart from Meghan’s stunning white Givenchy wedding gown and her chic halterneck reception dress, also designed by Stella, Amal’s outfit was one of the most talked-about looks from the wedding.

According to data compiled by researchers at Lyst, over 17,000 people, from 65 countries, searched for a yellow Stella McCartney dress in the 48 hours following the wedding, while traffic to the designer’s website increased by 3,000 per cent in one day.

Other highly sought-after looks from the wedding included actress Carey Mulligan’s floral Erdem dress and the black floral Valentino ballgown tennis ace Serena Williams wore to the reception.

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