Carey Mulligan intimidated by Gatsby role

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 19 May 2013
Carey Mulligan

Carey Mulligan

Carey Mulligan found playing Daisy Buchanan in 'The Great Gatsby' "intimidating" because she is so different to any other character she's played

Carey Mulligan found playing Daisy Buchanan "intimidating".

The blonde beauty portrays the wealthy socialite in Baz Luhrmann's big-screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby' and viewed the role as a "departure" from her previous parts as Daisy focused a lot on overall appearance more than personality.

She said: "Daisy always makes the smart girl choices and I just have to side with her but [as a character], she's the biggest departure for me. I've never done a character where it mattered that much what I looked like.

"[The sex appeal] was intimidating. But all Fitzgerald says about her appearance is that she has 'a sad lovely face with bright things in it'. She's the person who makes you feel like you're the only person in the world ... until she doesn't. But you know Daisy is not a sexual force."

Carey, 27, found the role even more of a challenge as she tried to figure out the personality of the Jazz Age victim, who she believes always put on an act in front of others to hide her true self.

She added to Time Out magazine: "She's difficult to crack because she doesn't really know herself. I always imagined her as someone who, with everything she says and does, it's as if she's watching a movie of her own life.

"She is always giving this performance and that's all she gives you. So you can't ever really tell."

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