Carey Mulligan poses as Gatsby’s Daisy Buchanan for Vogue: gorgeous or weird?

Carey Mulligan covers the May issue of Vogue Magazine. Or should I say, Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby covers the May issue. The pictorial is a theme on Gatsby, because Gatsby premieres at the Cannes Film Festival and opens in wide release in less than a month. So, the promotional tour for The Great Gatsby begins now. I’m kind of excited! I actually want to see the film, although I’m pretty sure it will drive me crazy and I’ll want to yell “SETTLE DOWN” at Baz Luhrmann.

So, what are your thoughts on the pictorial? I kind of hate it. Mario Testino photographed Carey-as-Daisy in various Art Deco settings and the whole thing turned out weird. Many of the photos just seem much, much too cold and I’m too busy looking at the décor and not the lady or the clothes. I don’t think this is one of Testino’s better shoots – you can see the full slideshow here.

Since it’s a Monday and since I’m tired, I haven’t read the whole interview with Carey. I look forward to reading it at some point, and if you’re interested, go here to read the full piece. I read the first page and I pulled my favorite two paragraphs, where Carey compares Zelda Fitzgerald to a Kardashian.

[Mulligan] doesn’t seem too concerned, having brought with her instead a collection of battered paperbacks and a large sheaf of photocopied letters to F. Scott Fitzgerald from Ginevra King, the sixteen-year-old Chicago debutante with whom Fitzgerald first fell in love and who gave him the outline for so many of the women in his fiction. Princeton University Library copied the entire unpublished set for Mulligan, who devoured them as bedside reading, “soaking up her view of the world, the way she spoke,” she says, turning to one of the letters. “ ‘Yours ’til the little devils in hell go skating.’ I love that. ‘There’s so little to me that I’m not hard to forget quickly. . . .’ That dichotomy between Daisy having that attitude but meaning the exact opposite. . . .”

She dives again into her biography of Zelda, who, along with King, went into what Mulligan calls “my Daisy cocktail”: “ ‘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.”

[From Vogue]

I’ve never really thought of Zelda as a Kardashian, but I think Carey is on to something. Not that the side-by-side comparison holds up completely, but there are probably a decent number of similarities. Funny.

Photos courtesy of Mario Testino/VOGUE, slideshow here.

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  1. pretty says:

    her cleavage in the first picture looks really weird… and her make up looks very lousy. or is it supposed to be that way? anyway she doesn’t look flattering at all..o_o

  2. Amy says:

    She is the definition of bland.

  3. neelyo says:

    Gorgeous dresses but the make-up makes her look like a little old lady.

    • Itsjustblanche. says:

      Yes. The makeup is aging. She’s so pretty but it does nothing for her. And really at her age for something to “age” you, it’s got to be really bad.

  4. Chrissy says:

    “I’m pretty sure it will drive me crazy and I’ll want to yell “SETTLE DOWN” at Baz Luhrmann.”


    Fingers crossed, Bazza doesn’t shit all over Fitzgerald’s work.

  5. spinner says:


    • TheOriginalKitten says:


      Man, I just think she is SO lovely.

    • alc says:


    • Belle says:

      +4 I think all of the photos are beautiful, though I really love the silvery one (3rd photo). Also, the last one (feathers?) doesn’t look like much in the smaller size… but would be STUNNING in a really large portrait!

      • Linda says:

        OMG I know! I love that silver dress! The whole photo shoot is beautiful to me, don’t know what everyone’s talking about with it or her being boring. I love the styling and her face is lovely.

    • Loop says:

      She’s absolutely stunning in person, and very sweet and friendly.

  6. lily says:

    She looks really stunning here. The only thing I don’t understand about this film is that why it has to be in 3D ???

    • Amelia says:

      It’s Baz Luhrman. Expect the unexpected and the over-the-top from him.
      Personally, I’ve never been a fan of 3D, it doesn’t really add much to a film and I think picture quality suffers sometimes.

  7. MonicaQ says:

    I think the shot is a bit much–kind of opulent and dripping with old money…which is what the Great Gatsby is all about.

    If I was an English teacher like I was a few years ago, I’d assign this book to summer reading. Then give a test in which some of the questions were from the movie and *not* the book and vice versa. I wouldn’t make it count a whole lot but I’d do it to remind my students I’m not stupid.

    • Regina Lynx says:

      I wouldn’t make it count a whole lot but I’d do it to remind my students I’m not stupid.

      Genius. Pure genius. I applaud to you, MonicaQ. *slight bow*

  8. LadyMTL says:

    I like the shot of her in the chair with her arms up, but other than that…meh. She has the same facial expression in all of the pics, with the exception of the one in the chair, so maybe that’s why it’s unimpressive?

  9. Anna says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE Million times love the cover dress (the chartreuse one that might be De La Renta? Can anyone confirm?). Oh to live a life where I would dress like this every day…

  10. eileen says:

    Those are absolutely fabulous! I LOVE the 20’s!!!

    • Lulu.T.O. says:

      I agree! I love the photo shoot, and she looks beautiful.

      • eileen says:

        What I wouldn’t do for those pearl wristlet/ring sets!! I have no clue where I’d wear them but they are awesome! I guess grocery shopping? lol

      • the Nood says:

        Eileen they are called slave chains. Albeit very, very fancy and expensive ones. I used to wear them years ago but if you google slave chains you may get some results. Good luck.

  11. Laurie says:

    Maybe it’s just me, but in most pictures I’ve seen of Carey Mulligan, she always looks like she’s on the verge of bursting out in tears.

    • anotherrandom says:

      Yes! She always has this sadness in her face. It bothers me.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I agree, which is why I think she will be a great Daisy. So fragile!

      I think at times though, it works against her. In the cover photo, she looks like a child playing dress up who is about to have a meltdown before lunch.

  12. diva says:

    Jay Z doing the soundtrack is completely turning me off this movie. Much like his just as annoying wife covering Back to Black. I like Leo and Baz (Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge are 2 of my favorite movies) but I’m seriously considering not spending my $ to see this =( I just refuse to spend my $ on anything involving Jay Z and Beyonce.

    • spinner says:

      Concerning Jay Z doing the soundtrack…I totally agree.

    • EscapedConvent says:

      My thoughts exactly. This version looks visually dazzling, but an assault on the ears. When I heard about the soundtrack, I was put off it too. Also, it looks like there might be motion sickness involved, as with Moulin Rouge.

      I’ll probably see it, because it’s Gatsby, but I’m not expecting much content-wise.

    • Dhavynia says:

      Same here! I almost cried when I found out Beyonce is covering Back to Black, I just cringe…..

    • Ally8 says:

      I hate this movie and will boycott it (except Mulligan, cast is dreadful; bunch of bug-eyed hams; and I love the Coppola/Redford version) but I thought U2’s “Love is Blindness” was rather a genius choice.

      Unfortunately I think the rest of the movie will just be an OTT buffet.

  13. Shelly says:

    I love this photo shoot, and I can’t wait to see this movie!

  14. Lauren says:

    I would have much preferred Michelle Williams cast in the role of Daisy. She has that little something extra that, to me, Carey lacks.

    • I love Carey and think she will be great in the role, but Michelle was my dream casting.

      I just don’t see Daisy as a very likeable character and something about Michelle Williams makes me not like her (even though she’s beautiful and a great actress) and Carey is just so lovely that I can’t imagine hating her (I REALLY hated Daisy after I read the book!)

      • Norman Bates' Mother says:

        I have a biggest girl-crush on Carey and I thought I won’t ever be able to hate on her, no matter what role would she play but few weeks ago I watched the BBC adaptation of Jane Austin’s Northanger Abbey, where she played the awful, two-faced Isabella Thorpe and she was so good that I forgot about Carey – the lovely actress and wanted to punch her character in the face. Michelle would be great in this role, but I believe that Carey will be as well.

  15. Nev says:


  16. Dani says:

    I feel like ANYONE could have been cast to be Daisy instead of Carey. She’s just too bland and doesn’t have that ‘thing’ that Daisy portrayed. Also why is this in 3D??? Over kill.

  17. littlestar says:

    Weird, definitely. She always has an odd look on her face, like she wants to smile but refuses to. She needs to smile for once! The clothing is incredibly beautiful though.

  18. Thinker says:

    I love Carey, so it pains me to say this but she is terribly miscast as Daisy. Although naive, Daisy is a haughty arrogant woman, shes meant to epitomize American excess. Carey possesses such a quintessentially British charm, I just don’t see her creating a version of Dasiy that will remain a strongly portrayed and authentic character the way Daisy was intended by F.Scott to be.

  19. Tasha says:

    She has the same expression in every photo except for photo were she laughing, which renewed the photoshot for me.

  20. The Original G says:

    I love Fitzgerald. I love this book and I enjoyed the Coppola a years ago. The pagentry of the era is wonderful.

    I’m just wondering how this will improve on that or how they’ll make a relevant connection to a modern audience?

    It’s like that Anna Karenina remake this year, nice, but oddly isolated in it’s period. Isn’t the point of great literature that is trancends time and place. We’ll see.

  21. Kaye says:

    She lost me at Zelda as a kardashian. Nope. Sorry. Zelda may have had stars in her eyes, but her love of excess and her husband inspired Fitzgerald to create some of the greatest writing of all time–stories that absolutely defined the ex-pat generation to which she and her husband belonged. she was a tortured soul and her life ended sadly; but the work that Fitzgerald created with her as his muse were substantive and important, as opposed to the kardashian equivalent of fame for the sake of fame, by any means necessary.

    I realize most of this ramble is an ode to F. Scott, but he always believed the source of his talent was the influence of his wife–not something I think Kanye will ever say about his girlfriend.

    Off curmudgeonly soapbox.

    • Dawn says:

      Yep. But Zelda was all about the money and Fitz was a pretty much a naive Minnesota boy just like the K.H and both got screwed over at the end of the day.

  22. apsutter says:

    Gorgoeus costumes! I think this movie is going to be all style and no substance. Just got the summer preview edition of Entertainment Weekly and all of this summer’s movies look like shit. I’m interested in seeing maybe 3 of them. And Hollywood wonders why people are more interested in watching tv now.

  23. Aud says:

    For me there is only one Daisy Buchanan portrayal on film and that is Mia Farrow.

    • NeNe says:

      +1… I’m with you on this one.

    • Nessa says:

      ITA. Unfortunately, both Leo and Carey (both great actors) will have a hard time living up to Mia and Robert.

    • Claire Renee says:

      Agree totally. Mia was so lovely and ethereal as Daisy. Carrie looks more like a mobster’s “moll” in these costume.

  24. I can honestly say that I think this will be one of my favorite movies ever. I love the novel, great cast (Carey looks amazing here, especially in the last shot), Luhrmann’s other movies are epic (except Australia and even that one was watchable) but mainly because of the BEAUTY (sets, costumes, hair, music, cast – everything about this film is gorgeous) Seriously, this movie looks so amazing!

  25. NeNe says:

    I think it was a poor decision to cast her as Daisy.

  26. lower-case deb says:

    other than what looks like a shiny trashbag on her head, i like.

  27. RHONYC says:

    her fingers are SO not elegant on that cover. like, are they serious? 🙁

  28. El Kiddo says:

    The clothes look like they were designed for someone like Nicole Kidman

  29. VanillaDeeLite says:

    This girl is no Daisy Buchanan.

  30. boredbrit says:

    The cover I hate, but the rest I love strangely enough…

  31. Dawn says:

    I saw a version of the Greats Gatsby when I was in high school and Robert Redford was Gatsby and Mia Farrow was Daisy. I remember just loving it while the critics blasted it and it was a bomb! But I loved the fashions and how money grubbing everyone was and the immense waste. After I saw the movie I read the book and it was wonderful. I like Carey so I will go and see if I like this one as much. And I think Daisy was way better than a KrapTrashian could ever hope to be, she did sort of have a heart and she sort of felt some shame which none of the Kraptrashians do but much like them she was all about the money at the end of the day.

  32. EscapedConvent says:

    Daisy is such an empty, shallow character that I’m not sure anyone could breathe much life into her. Carey Mulligan does look the part. But Daisy is, to use Zelda’s words, “a beautiful little fool.”

  33. TheOneAndOnly says:

    I like the cover – way better than overexposed twits like beyonce,riri, swifty,etc. But I still would rather see models on covers – that’s why 80s/90s covers are memorable and striking; Anne wintour and american fashion made a mistake tying fashion to hollywood; Fashion shines best when it focuses on style, not celebrity.But this is what happens when conglomerates rule the media world.
    I agree Diva, as many have commented, WHy not just use the music from the period – you know Gershwin, jazz, blues,etc.
    So Jay-Z and bouncy are now composers?

  34. Dara says:

    Beautiful pictorial! Except (with the exception of her smiling) her expression never changes. Huh.

  35. Original A says:

    I love her, but she seems so miscast as Daisy.

  36. nikkie says:

    The makeup is awful because 20s makeup was awful. It was a very thick pancake with extremely heavy, dark eyes and a dark lip. It doesn’t translate at all to modern looks like a 40s or 50s style might. The way her face is done in the third photo(beigy silvery dress with blue background) is fairly authentic.

  37. andrea says:

    What did they do to her face?!! Someone needs to tell the photo retoucher that those little lines under her eyes are necessary. If she had puffy bags, they could’ve been reduced a little, but to remove that entire under-eye part of a person’s face makes them look like those pre-formed plastic people from Dr. Who.

  38. I Choose Me says:

    I really love these photos and her!

  39. Lisa says:

    Weird because of the awful photoshop!

  40. hownowbrowncow says:

    Last shot is lovely all the others are throw-aways

  41. JH says:

    I mistakenly thought it was a pic of Jennie Garth! Isn’t there a 15 year age difference between them? Sad what bad makeup and airbrushing can do.

  42. Beatriz says:

    I’ll always remember what Hemingway wrote:

    “Zelda had hawk’s eyes and a thin mouth and deep-south manners and accent. Watching her face you could see her mind leave the table and go to the night’s party and return with her eyes blank as a cat’s and then pleased, and the pleasure would show along the thin line of her lips and then be gone. Scott was being the good cheerful host and Zelda looked at him and she smiled happily with her eyes and her mouth too as he drank the wine. I learned to know that smile very well. It meant she knew Scott would not be able to write anymore.”

  43. Mei says:

    I have something wrong with my eyes that makes it impossible to watch 3D! Does anyone know if it will also be available as a “regular” film in the theatres? Unfair!

  44. Original Me says:

    I happen to like Carey Mulligan as an actress but I’m not seeing her as Daisy. Who else would have been better cast?
    Carey doesn’t have the sex appeal/slightly dangerous thing going on. She projects “nice”. I can’t say I loved Mia Farrow as Daisy. She just seemed forced and fake. Maybe Daisy Buchanan is un-castable!

    • EscapedConvent says:

      I agree, Original Me. There should be some sensuality about Daisy, & I don’t think Carey M. projects this either. But I like Carey Mulligan a lot.

      I appreciate your comment that Daisy Buchanan may be uncast-able. That just may be it. Fitzgerald works so beautifully on the page, but when people try to play these characters it seems to fall flat. I’ll wait to see this new Gatsby, though, & hope it works.

  45. T says:

    I love her, outstanding actress, she’ll be good as daisy.
    I have to agree this cover is bad, the makeup just doesn’t suit her a all. Testino has been lacking lately. But I mostly blame Anna Wintour who should have been replace ages ago.
    She’s said that she’s not very good at posing, but I wish she’d smile, she has one of those beautiful smiles that just light up and make you smile.

  46. Mia says:

    I think the costumes and the backgrounds are gorgeous, but as usual her face ruins it for me.

  47. moon says:

    the photos look so pretty…and average…neither the actress nor the surroundings stand out. It’s almost amateur

  48. Scarlet Pimpernel says:

    Carey has a subtle beauty and needs a delicate touch. Mario shot her as though she were one of his more angular subjects, Princess Diana would have suited the lighting and the colours much better.

  49. Grant says:

    I find her to be so plain looking, can’t believe she’s playing a roaring 20’s beauty like Daisy Buchanan. You’re seriously telling me that CM is the best they could find?