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Interview: Carey Mulligan on the Brilliance of ‘Promising Young Woman’

Carey Mulligan is a terrific actress. That goes without saying, but Promising Young Woman is on a whole other level. Already having delivered stirring work in An Education, Drive, Shame, and Wildlife, to name a few, this genre-busting revelation is the best performance of her career. Only having one Academy Award nomination so far is damn near a crime. As she edges closer and closer to a second Oscar citation for this film, she was able to take some time out to chat with me about the movie. Of course, considering it’s my favorite work of 2020, I was more than up for the opportunity. Unsurprisingly, she did not disappoint.

In my four star rave review (found here) of Promising Young Woman, I had plenty of praise to heap on Mulligan. This is just a taste: “For anyone who has been waiting for another Carey Mulligan turn to blow them away, here you go. The finest work of her career, this exceeds already phenomenal performances in An Education and Wildlife. Mulligan is asked to do a lot here, showing a ton of range, really from one end of the spectrum to the next, but she absolutely aces it. The wittiness she gives Cassie, even with its acid tongue, is terrific, but it’s watching her go from one extreme to the other in various sequences that you just stand in awe of her talent. To call this an Oscar worthy performance is to put it mildly.”

Below, you can hear my chat with Mulligan. We obviously chat almost exclusively about her performance in Emerald Fennell‘s brilliant film. There’s a bit on reading the script for the first time, the soundtrack, and even the reaction to the movie from the few who haven’t fallen in love with it. She gives intelligent and thoughtful answers, so this was an absolute pleasure. If you’re a fan of this flick, you should definitely give it a listen. Between this and my recent conversation with Fennell (found here), we have plenty of Promising Young Woman content for you here at Awards Radar. Plus, there’s more to come, so stay tuned there!

Here now is my interview with Promising Young Woman star Carey Mulligan. Enjoy:

Promising Young Woman is available to watch now, wherever you get your films!


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[…] That’s an impressive pedigree that might help to explain why Mulligan is taking this on as her next project, fresh off the resounding acclaim she’s received for her performance in Promising Young Woman (our interview with her is here). […]



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