Doing interviews with over 60 people in one day can be daunting for any star, let alone Carey Mulligan who is scheduled to do so on the day we meet at Toronto’s Park Hyatt Hotel. Even though one film critic warns “she’s supposed to be so painfully shy when it comes to media, its painful”, the 25-year-old Oscar-nominated Brit does not connect to any of those pesky wall-flower generalizations given to her. Dressed in a minimal outfit which consists of a loose black top from L.A.-based designer Jenni Kayne, a stunning coral- and turquoise-stoned Marni necklace and sharp black pants from hip NYC-born label Bishop of Seventh, Mulligan is friendly, funny and answers her questions without a pile of uhms or awkward pauses. The thing is, she knows her craft and can speak on it well. When she pontificates on the chemistry between her co-stars Andrew Garfield (the actor cast as in the new Spiderman film franchise) and Keira Knightley in her latest flick, TIFF’s only Sci-Fi drama Never Let Me Go—it is with genuine ease. Most of it, as Mulligan puts it, is due to the amount of pressure she allows herself to feel. “Film acting isn’t the end all and be-all for me, I have bigger plans” Mulligan states, even though she’s slated to star in the upcoming release Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (with rumoured BF Shia LaBeouf), as well as an action called Drive with Christina Hendricks and Ryan Gosling and a fresh incarnation of the film musical My Fair Lady. “I’m happy to do theatre, too, and I’m more comfortable on stage than on a film set anyway.”
For more on Mulligan, look out for the December issue of Flare magazine.