Carey Mulligan has slammed the notion of ‘perfection on screen’ when she argued that women are not allowed to ‘look more normal’ in movies.
The 35-year-old actress reflected on Hollywood and the industry in a candid interview with The New York Times on Wednesday as she spoke about her new film Promising Young Woman.
Discussing how her film examines society’s expectations of how a woman should look and behave, she criticized the idea that actresses should look like ‘supermodels’ for a role.
‘We do not allow women to look normal anymore’: Carey Mulligan slammed the concept of ‘perfection on screen’ in a new interview on Wednesday
Carey explained: ‘We do not allow women to look normal anymore or like a real person. Why should every woman ever on screen look like a supermodel?
‘It’s shifted to something where the expectation of beauty and perfection on screen has gotten out of control.’
‘I just do not think that’s really what storytelling or acting is about. Things can be beautiful without being perfect. ‘
Sincere: Discussing how her film Promising Young Woman (pictured) explores unreasonable expectations of the woman, she criticized the idea that actresses should look like ‘supermodels’
Promising Young Woman is a revenge thriller that follows the story of Carey’s character Cassie, a barista who feels unfulfilled in her life.
In an attempt to lift her spirits, the medical school escapes at bars every week, where she gets drunk and on the verge of going out.
Traumatized by a tragic past event, Cassie is on the warpath as she tries to take revenge on those who have hurt her, including men who pretend to ‘help’ her and end up trying to take advantage of her drunken state.
The star recently opened up to NET-A-PORTER’s digital publication, PORTER, where she discussed her thoughts on the #MeToo movement, life after children and toxic masculinity in her new film.
Thoughts: Carey said about Hollywood’s beauty standards: ‘We do not allow women to look normal anymore or as a real person … perfection on screen has gotten out of control’
The award-winning actress who shares Evelyn, five, and Wilfred, three, with musician Marcus Mumford, 33, also insisted she’s content to juggle her career with motherhood, saying: ‘I’ve not been in a bar in ages , and I’m very happy about that ‘.
Carey claimed that her new film, written and directed by Killing Eve showrunner Emerald Fennell, highlights the importance of paying attention to topics such as sexual assault and toxic masculinity.
The British actress said: ‘It’s funny because the reaction I first got when I read the script was “This is sooo romantic”.
One to see: Promising Young Woman is a revenge thriller that follows the story of Carey’s character Cassie, a barista seeking revenge on men who take advantage of her
”[But] Emerald’s [point] was: if [you] take someone home and they are really drunk and then the person reveals that they are not drunk and you feel guilty then you know what you are doing is not right. ‘
‘What we reflected on when we made this film was the amount of real stories like this we know. Much of this film is stuff that pretty much every woman I know has experienced in some way. ”
Asked if she misses her life before welcoming her children, the mother of two who married musician Marcus in April 2012 declared: ‘Noooo.
‘In fact, every time we stepped into a new bar set, Emerald and I would both be like, “God, we’ve not been to a bar in a really long time.” And I’m very happy about that. ‘
Family first: Thespian shares children Evelyn and Wilfred with her husband Marcus Mumford (pictured in 2012) and recently said she is happy to juggle her career and motherhood