Carey Mulligan Thrives In Discomfort: The ‘Wildlife’ Star Explains Her Interest in ‘The Messiness of Women’

Carey Mulligan Thrives In Discomfort: The ‘Wildlife’ Star Explains Her Interest in ‘The Messiness of Women’
As an artist, Carey Mulligan seems to thrive in discomfort. After her 2005 breakout “Pride & Prejudice,” she nabbed an Oscar nomination for playing an underage girl who falls for a seductive con man in “An Education,” was the disturbed, suicidal sister of a sex addict in “Shame,” and a frantic young activist at the center of “Suffragette.” For Mulligan, that pattern stems from conviction.

“We aren’t allowed to see the messiness of women onscreen very much,” she said, “and when we do, they’re generally villainized. I don’t think I’d sign on to things that felt that far from the truth.”

With “Wildlife,” she consolidates that strategy into her finest role to date. In Paul Dano’s directorial debut, Mulligan plays Jeanette Brinson, a Montana housewife in the ‘60s whose marriage to her hard-drinking husband (Jake Gyllenhaal) collapses through a series of arguments and misguided choices, while
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