Carey Mulligan, who was nominated for a 2009 best actress Oscar, says Hollywood is still failing to provide “interesting and complicated” roles for women, creating a “lack of opportunity” for actresses.
The 32-year-old actress starred in this year’s highly acclaimed “Mudbound” and is probably best known for her role in “The Great Gatsby.”
“I think for the most of female actresses I know it’s just about going where the better writing is,” she said at the premiere of her BBC Two and Netflix co-production “Collateral.”
“Films have tended to provide a lot for men in terms of great leading roles and not so much for women,” she added.
Mulligan previously admitted feeling “belittled” in Hollywood because of her gender. She said she often has to “fight” to make her voice heard when discussing scripts with film executives.
“I just want to play the most interesting, complicated real person and interesting complicated real people in film are really, really rare,” she said.
“I think essentially following great writing, trying to play real people and not play the girlfriend, the wife. I’ve done that a lot and it’s not fun and this is the opportunity to play a fully rounded, flawed interesting person.”
Adjusting to the glamour side of Hollywood has also been difficult for her, she reveals.
She used to find the scrutiny of red carpet events so “awful” that she would end up in the bathroom crying, because she couldn’t handle having her appearance judged.
“At the beginning, I’d end up in tears in the bathroom at some point during a day of photos and press. I would do red carpets and be a wreck by the end.
“I found it awful and weird, standing there in my outfits with my body being judged and my appearance and make-up.”
“It’s a fucking weird, bizarre thing to have 200 people screaming at you taking a photo.”
Check out a trailer from “Mudbound” below.