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 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 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 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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