Carey Mulligan Interview: ‘Wildlife’
Carey Mulligan notices that there have been “quite strong reactions to my character” in “Wildlife,” “principally because she’s not doing the right thing. She’s not being a great mom, and she’s not being the perfect housewife.” This shows how “we hold women up differently to the way we hold men. It’s been a reminder that a lot of the things that run through ‘Wildlife’ are still pretty relevant today.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Mulligan above.
Directed by Paul Dano, this IFC Films release centers on a boy (Ed Oxenbould) in 1960s Montana who watches his parents’ marriage slowly come unglued. Mulligan plays his mother, Jeanette Brinson, who begins dating an older, wealthier man (Bill Camp) after her husband (Jake Gyllenhaal) leaves home to fight wildfires. Dano and Zoe Kazan adapted the screenplay from Richard Ford‘s 1990 novel of the same name.
Mulligan describes the film as “a coming-of-age story” for her character, a 34-year-old housewife who became pregnant when she was barely out of her teens. When we meet Jeanette she’s experiencing “the worst week of her life, but also the week where she starts the journey of figuring out who she is. There’s a version of her that existed when she was 18 that she’s trying to remember, and a lot of the story is just her trying to figure out her identity outside of mother and wife … and see if there’s anything left of the person she was before she entered into these arrangements.”
Mulligan won the BAFTA Award and competed at the Oscars, Golden Globes, SAG Awards, and Critics Choice Awards for Best Actress for her breakthrough performance in “An Education” (2009). She competed once more at the BAFTAs for “Drive” (Best Supporting Actress, 2011) and again at Critics Choice for “Shame” (Best Supporting Actress, 2011). She has twice contended at the SAG Awards for her ensemble performances in “An Education” and “Mudbound” (2017).