“Promising Young Woman” star Carey Mulligan covers the latest issue of Porter magazine photographed by Rory Payne and styled by Cathy Kasterine.
On hating being photographed and not enjoying red carpets: “When I’m on the red carpet, whatever I’m wearing, I am ultimately myself,” she says. “People say, ‘Pretend you’re Cate Blanchett’. And I do go to red carpets thinking, ‘Be Blanchett. Try and be cool. Smiling with your eyes’, but it doesn’t work.” Does Cate Blanchett smile with her eyes, I ask? “She smiles, but she has this amazing smile that is just her eyes,” Mulligan confirms. When I ask her to show me, she blushes. “I can’t, I can’t. So unfair!”
On endurance of friendship: “My female friendships have become increasingly important – particularly the ones with friends I made when I was 14 at school. It’s something about doing stages of life together and supporting each other,” she says. “Every year, we do our birthdays together, because all our birthdays are within six days of one another. It’s great.”
On changes she has witnessed in her own industry on the back of #MeToo: “The first concrete measure I saw was doing a play at the Royal Court called Girls & Boys. They gave us a document that was a code of conduct. It was funny because I was the only person in the play,” she recalls. “But the director, the assistant director and writer, we all had to read and sign it. I had never had that in my career. If that had been going on when I started at 18, it would have felt different. Now, I really think it would be wild for something to happen on set. No one would turn a blind eye.”
Cover: Dress by Bottega Veneta
First Image: Shirt by Valentino | Skirt by Junya Watanabe | Harness by Ann Demeulemeester | Ring by Jennifer Fisher
Second Image: Dress by J.W. Anderson | Mules by Bottega Veneta
[Photo Credit: Rory Payne/Porter Magazine]
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