In profile In the New York Times in December, Carey Mulligan was asked about initial reactions to her movie “A Promising Young Woman” during its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January of last year. After Mulligan “winced” the question, she answered.
I read the variety RevisionBecause I’m a weak person. ”The review described that she was not“ hot enough to pull off this kind of trick, ”but said she didn’t mention it because her feelings had been hurt: Nothing hurts my ego – like, I can totally see that Margot Robbie is a goddess. ” (The review indicated that maybe Ruby, the producer of “The Promising Young Woman,” was the better choice for the role of Cassie.)
Since Emerald Fennell specifically distorts femininity – as a performance, the critical writing of Mulligan’s appearance in “Promising Young Woman” shocked her as a particularly silly film not to be heard. “It drove me crazy,” Mulligan told The Times. “I was like,” Really? For this movie, are you going to write something very transparent? right Now? In 2020? I just didn’t believe it. “
Although the review by independent critic Dennis Harvey was Mostly positive, Rhe is variety The newsroom agreed with Mulligan. variety The editor ended up adding a note to the editor at the top of the review, which reads:variety Sincerely apologizes for Carey Mulligan We regret the insensitive language and insinuation in our review of “Promising young woman Which reduced its bold performance. “
during Mulligan’s conversation with Zendaya For miscellaneous Actors on actors Amazon Studios series, Zendaya asked her for the connection variety Out, and our subsequent magazine’s apology. “Jamil said, “Zendaya said after Mulligan is done.
We agree with that, too. Here’s Mulligan’s response in full:
“I feel it’s important for the criticism to be constructive. I think it’s important to look at the right things when it comes to work, look at art, look at performance and the way the film is made. And I don’t think that goes into the appearance of an actor or your personal preference.” For what the actor does or doesn’t look like, which I felt this article did.
“Which I was disappointed, because apparently the movie is kind of addressing issues around our perceptions and preconceptions about people. In a broad sense, I think there’s an element that has been making us unique to women on screen for so long that I think we’re starting to lose sight of what women really look like. When I worked with Steve McQueen on “Shame,” he said, “Really, what we all do is raise the mirror. This is what we do as storytellers.
“And I think if women kept looking at the screen and not seeing themselves, it wouldn’t be good for women or for anyone, really – we’re not telling real stories. So I think about criticism or bemoaning about the lack of attractiveness on my part to the character, it was not a personal insult,” It wasn’t something I feel.It didn’t hurt my love, but it made me worried that in such a huge post, the actress’s appearance could be criticized for and could, you know, accept that as a completely reasonable criticism.
“I think it’s important to summon these things, because they seem small and seem insignificant. People around me said at the time, Oh, you know, get over it. whatever. It’s cool – it’s a great review. Or whatever: People love the movie.
“But it stuck with me, because I think it’s the kind of everyday moments that accumulate – and that means we’re starting to tweak the way women look on screen, and we want them to look a certain way. We want to spray it, and we want to make it look perfect. Or we want it. Modify the way they work, the way they move, the way they think and act. I think we needed to see pictures of real women on screen and in all their intricacies. So I felt it was a small thing to point out that it could be helpful.
“I was really surprised, I guess, just because I felt I didn’t know what the reaction would be to say that. I definitely didn’t want – kind of nerve-wracking to disturb the boat with big posts. But at the same time, it looks like you know, it should You stand up for these things.Otherwise, it continues and so you are basically a part of it.
“So I was really, really, amazed and happy, and happy to receive an apology. I kind of found it moving, somehow, to draw a line down that in a good way, and I know that somehow had an effect. So it was positive.”
Watch the full conversation below.