She may have bared all in her new film, Shame, but Carey Mulligan insists she is not as confident as her character. Apparently she hasn’t seen herself naked for years.
The British actress who made her screen début as Keira Knightley’s younger sister, Kitty Bennett in the 2005 adaptation of Pride & Prejudice, took on her most demanding role to date in Steve McQueen’s Shame.
The film, in which she was required to bare all in her first scene, has been described all around as bold, powerful and disturbing. She plays Sissy, the singing sister of sex addict, Brandon (Michael Fassbender), whose carefully constructed life falls apart when she barrels into his life for an indefinite stay.
The role seems outside of Mulligan’s usual comfort zone, if you take into account the characters she has played in the past. These include her Oscar-nominated turn as Jenny, in the 1960s coming-of-age drama, An Education and her role as Kathy in the drama, Never Let Me Go.
And Mulligan clearly agrees, stating her admiration for her co-star, Fassbender. Speaking to GQ she says he “has no insecurity, or if he does he hides it away somewhere where you can’t see it.”
In comparison, how would she describe herself? “I haven’t seen myself naked in the mirror for probably a decade. I’m very prudish,” she admits.
Despite this, she felt her starring role as Nina in the Royal Court production of The Seagull in 2007 gave her the confidence she needed. She is very proud to have pulled off the characters, who she says share an “uncompromising nature”.
She had a job convincing McQueen she was right for the part though. When asked about working with both Fassbender and the director, she was very complimentary:
“The standards they set are so high, so that in itself was terrifying. Add to that the particulars about the character, the music and the singing and all that stuff, it was a pretty big leap.”
You can catch Shame in UK cinema’s now.
Here is the trailer: