Writer/director Emerald Fennell‘s film Promising Young Woman has made waves for how it addresses sexual assault and its depiction of revenge for past wrongs. Receiving much of the praise for the film is Carey Mulligan, who portrays a woman who seeks to make male characters pay for their misdeeds against women. Speaking about the film to Variety, Mulligan explains how she feels about playing such an ambitious, and in some instances dark, character.
Mulligan points out that she has been very particular about the roles she has performed, but still has certain types of projects that she would like to do. She explains, “I’ve been resistant to playing characters that are just the wife or the girlfriend, and I’ve avoided that fairly consistently so far. You can still understand a character and go with them on their journey even if you don’t approve of them or feel totally comfortable. I’m trying to find characters who are a little less straightforward, and you don’t get all the answers. I want to be constantly surprising the audience. I loved working with comedians. I feel so open to that kind of stuff, but, for me, it’s never struck the right tone. I want to be in a Richard Curtis film and live in a lovely apartment.
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