Be careful what you wish for.
In a recent interview with Psychologies magazine, actress Carey Mulligan has opened up about her struggle with celebrity status in the past, confessing that red carpets were “so awful” she would often end up crying all alone in a bathroom.
The 31-year-old Oscar nominee admitted that when she was younger, she couldn’t understand the concept of having hundreds of cameras pointing at her face, caring about her looks more than her work on the big screen.
“I hated all of it— the interviews, the red carpets. I used to get to the end of a red carpet and start crying, I felt so uncomfortable. It took a lot out of me and it was an alien environment that I felt completely out of kilter with.”
In an interview with So It Goes magazine back in December, the Collateral star also spoke about her haunting experience with red carpets. “I found it awful and weird, standing there in my outfits with my body being judged and my appearance and make-up,” she recalled. “It’s a f***ing weird, bizarre thing to have 200 people screaming at you taking a photo.”
Carey Mulligan, best known for her performance in films like Never Let Me Go and The Great Gatsby, began her career in the industry when she was only 18 years old. The year after her acting debut, in 2005, she rose to fame thanks to her role as Kitty Bennet in Pride and Prejudice.
While Mulligan remains extremely cautious about what she shares of her personal life with the media (for instance, the name and sex of her six-month-old baby with husband Marcus Mumford are still unknown), the actress has finally come to terms with her celebrity status.
“These days it’s all fun, that the only way to take it. Something like that would never scare me now in the way it did then.”