“It was the first time I played a mom and actually was a mom, so that was interesting,” said Carey Mulligan about her role in the film “Mudbound” when she and her co-stars discussed the film with press and industry at the 2017 New York Film Festival on October 12 (watch above).
In addition to her own experience of motherhood, Mulligan was inspired by the relationship between her character, who has been dragged into a hardscrabble rural life she doesn’t really want, and Mary J. Blige‘s character, whose sharecropping family’s world is upended by the new white owners they’re leasing their land from. “I found the relationship between these two characters so profound and moving,” Mulligan explained. “I think that was one of the most powerful things, that bond of motherhood. Everything in society is telling you to despise each other or fear each other, and your common experience of motherhood being so binding you can’t deny it.”
Blige credited the direction by Dee Rees in helping her shape her character, “but also knowing women, knowing my mom. That’s how I found the balance.” Blige is best known for her work as a recording artist, for which she has won nine Grammys to date, but she has also been making a name for herself as an actress, earning a Critics’ Choice TV Award nomination for “The Wiz Live” and recently being announced as the recipient of a Hollywood Film Award for her breakthrough performance in this film.
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