The 27-year-old star of Baz Luhrmann's forthcoming film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby covers Vogue. Finally.
It was never a question of whether or not Carey Mulligan would cover the publication, but how she would be perceived in the spread- It appears the fashion editors wanted Mulligan to channel Daisy Buchanan as she fronts the May issue of the publication. The accompanying profile, however, is all Carey - coquette and cute, to boot. Here are the highlights from the piece:
- Mulligan reportedly beat out almost every major A-list actress in Hollywood for the coveted role, including Scarlett Johansson, Blake Lively, Kiera Knightley, Michelle Williams, and Natalie Portman. Why? She had the best chemistry with Leonardo DiCaprio. "Because of Leonardo, Daisy became a hugely desired role," says Luhrmann, who shares that after Mulligan's audition, DiCaprio said, " ‘Well . . . I guess that’s the Next Big Thing in acting.’ "
- The star carefully prepared for her role by reading up on Zelda Fitzgerald, the gamine wife of the author. Mulligan even directly quotes Zelda throughout the interview, including this gem: " ‘I seem always curiously interested in myself, and it’s so much fun to stand off and look at me. . . .’ That’s a direct Zelda quote," she says.
- Following that quote, Mulligan compares Zelda Fitzgerald to a '20s version of "a Kardashian." The actress says this because Fitzgerald constantly felt the need to put on a show, as if she was in her own "TV show."
- Mulligan discovered she got the role immediately after her on-stage appearance at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards. The actress says she started crying immediately, and then celebrated "until the early hours" with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.