The star doesn’t often play up her sexy side, but that’s exactly what she did in a white bra on the January cover of ‘W’ where she spills about her first nude scene./h3>
Carey Mulligan looks so retro and chic in the January issue of W magazine, where the 26-year-old star shows off her playful side — in fact, she even poses with a squirrel! Inside, her interview is everything but playful as she opens up about her first nude scene and how it felt to attempt suicide in her latest film, Shame.
On her nude scene in Shame: “I’ve never, never been naked in a film before; I’ve been topless once or twice, but always in sort of very innocent ways. And I’ve always been sort of staunchly feminist about it, I’ve never relished the idea of doing it, and never if it was inappropriate or gratuitous in any way. But I just felt it was absolutely right; that’s exactly who she was. She wanted to be seen, she’s an exhibitionist and she’s provocative.”
On her suicide attempt in Shame: “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. And it was horrible, it was really horrible and I wasn’t expecting it, it was a complete surprise, and I felt awful. It sounds so pretentious, but it just made me feel horrible. I felt devastated and I felt so sad. And I’m fine. I’m great and well adjusted and everything’s cool, but just 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.”
Carey opens up about playing a character who didn’t care about her appearance: “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. It was so much more exciting to play that character that didn’t worry about her appearance in any way. 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.”
“My character is the sort of person who would have no trouble being naked in front of her brother,” she said of her role in Shame.