Carey Mulligan, For W Magazine January 2012

You can call Natalie Portman the next Audrey Hepburn, Ryan Gosling the next quirky Brad Pitt or Lindsay Lohan the next Anna Nicole Smith but Carey Mulligan she’s, the next no one. There’s never really been one like her has there? Michelle Williams perhaps but they’re only five years apart in age.

She broke onto the scene with a starring role in An Education, made me cry over love and lost organs in Never Let Me Go, took awkwardness to a whole new level in Drive, and has two very current major roles in the in the forms of Shame (currently in limited release) and The Great Gatsby alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. She tells W Magazine that her role in Shame playing the sister of a hopeless sex addict (Michael Fassbender) was a physically easy role to play.

“I didn’t have to worry about what I ate, or how much I drank, and I didn’t have to work out. She was an alcoholic mess. She didn’t have any money to dye her hair. I mean I didn’t become an alcoholic, but I didn’t have to watch myself…I knew that when I stood up in that bath naked it wasn’t about whether I looked good naked or not. It was about who she was.”

Though emotionally, it took her by surprise, especially during her suicide attempt scene. “I was sitting there and this fake blood was pumping out of my arms and I was in this completely hopeless state with a kitchen knife next to me…the idea of being that helpless and that lonely, it was just really sad. I got into the taxi at the end of the day and I couldn’t stop crying.”

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