Carey Mulligan graces the cover of W magazine’s January 2012 issue. Inside, she discusses appearing nude in her new film, Shame, as well as her character in the film.
On her nude scene: “I’ve never, never been naked in a film before; I’ve been topless once or twice, but always in sort of very innocent ways. And I’ve always been sort of staunchly feminist about it, I’ve never relished the idea of doing it, and never if it was inappropriate or gratuitous in any way.”
On getting into character: “I didn’t have to worry about what I ate, or how much I drank, and I didn’t have to work out. She was an alcoholic mess. She didn’t have any money to dye her hair. I mean I didn’t become an alcoholic, but I didn’t have to watch myself. It was so much more exciting to play that character that didn’t worry about her appearance in any way. I knew that when I stood up in that bath naked it wasn’t about whether I looked good naked or not. It was about who she was.”
Also inside the January 2012 issue: a report on emerging designers and a spring fashion preview. For more, pick up the issue when it arrives on newsstands on December 20 or head to WMagazine.com.