Oscar-nominated actress Carey Mulligan is on the cover of the May issue of Vogue, in character as Daisy Buchanan, whom she plays in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming film The Great Gatsby. Mulligan looks fantastic as a ’20s Long Island socialite, wearing an assortment of gowns and fascinators.
Daisy Buchanan is one of literature’s most loved and loathed characters — a fact Mulligan acknowledges in the photo shoot’s accompanying article.
“I’m fully prepared to be completely ripped apart,” Mulligan tells Vogue. “Well, I’m not prepared; that’s the thing. I don’t want to be torn apart. We’ve all just tried something; we had fun, and we tried to do something interesting and exciting, something that people could connect with.”
Mulligan adds she drew inspiration for the role from Ginevra King and Zelda Fitzgerald, a mistress and the wife of Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald, respectively. She also compares Daisy to a modern clan of similarly divisive characters:
“‘I seem always curiously interested in myself, and it’s so much fun to stand off and look at me. . . .’ That’s a direct Zelda quote. It’s that kind of feeling: I’m-so-little-and-there’s-nothing-to-me, watch-me-have-nothing-to-me. She feels like she’s living in a movie of her own life. She’s constantly on show, performing all the time. Nothing bad can happen in a dream. You can’t die in a dream. She’s in her own TV show. She’s like a Kardashian.”
However, her personal life kicked into full-gear in 2012 when she married Marcus Mumford, the lead singer of the Grammy-winning band Mumford & Sons.
“It’s unsettling that you get exactly what you wanted. Not like some version of it, not a slightly lesser version of it, but exactly. You’re like: This is weird. It is weird,” she tells Vogue.
The Great Gatsby hits theaters nationwide on May 10. It will also open the Cannes Film Festival on May 15.
Based on the trailers so far, it’s likely to be just as polarizing as Daisy Buchanan herself.