Carey Mulligan Has No Shame About On-Screen Nudity: ‘It’s Kind of Fun!’
“I’ve never been comfortable with the idea of nudity. I’ve done only semi-nude, very innocent things in the past. When it came to this, it just seemed so obvious that she is the sort of person who would have no trouble being naked… Weirdly, it was fine. You take your clothes off, and you’re like, ‘Ah—all of you are wearing clothes, and I’m naked, ha, ha, ha.’ It’s kind of fun—not that I would continue to do it. The nudity helped me dive into who she was.”
Oddly enough, there was one scene that terrified her — even though she was fully clothed! So which one was it?
“I’ve never sung in a movie before. The point wasn’t really that Sissy was a great singer—it was more that she attracted people. I sing “New York, New York” in the film, and Steve wanted it live. We did 15 takes—because every time I made a mistake or my voice fell out of tune or I lost my breath, we’d have to cut, and Steve wanted to do the whole thing in one go. At one point he wanted Sissy to sing something else and asked me to make up a song,” she said.
“He said, ‘You’re an artist, aren’t you? We can’t afford the rights to a famous song, so make one up.’ I was walking around the room thinking, How do you write a song?! Eventually I made up this really bluesy song and sang two lines.”
For more of Carey’s W magazine interview and more inside photos, click here.