Carey Mulligan is on the cover of InStyle‘s June 2020 issue, out now.
Here’s what the 34-year-old Promising Young Woman actress had to say…
On her definition of ambition: “I get whiplash thinking about the last 16 years. My dream was to be a working actress, but my expectation was maybe I’ll be in Casualty or The Bill. And then suddenly I got really lucky and just kept it up. For me, ambition is testing myself. As an actor, you’re always trying to prove that you can do different things. I have a fear of recognition and celebrity, though, so I don’t have ambition to be well known. But I want to be really good at my job. I always want the next thing I do to be more nuanced, more interesting, more complicated.”
On how having a family changed her mindset: “I have the best job in the world, but I’ve learned that it isn’t the be-all and end-all. As someone who finds the public side of this quite intimidating, having a family has made me feel that if I wear a dress that people hate, or if I say something stupid, or if people don’t like a film I’ve been in, it doesn’t matter as much as it used to. It’s freeing, in a way.”
On what she’s been doing at home: “I’ve been using Houseparty with my two best friends every Sunday at 8:30 a.m. We’ve all got kids, so we put the TV on for them and sit in bed with a big cup of coffee and catch up, which has been quite nice…we’ve gone back into comfort mode and started to eat more casseroles. When the world is chaotic, you need warm food. [laughs] Variations on casseroles. That will be my cookbook.”
For more from Carey, head to InStyle.com.