Carey Mulligan hates body-con clothes: ‘I’m too self-conscious of my body’


Here are some photos from last night’s NYC premiere of Far From the Madding Crowd. Carey Mulligan, Michael Sheen and Matthias Schoenaerts were in attendance. Matthias is such a hottie, right? I mean… we need to include him on our list of dudes-to-watch. Michael Sheen was there with his girlfriend (still!) Sarah Silverman, which… even though it’s been a few years, I still think they’re such a weird couple.

As for Carey, she wore this lovely, simple Lavin gown in a rich navy. The pearl necklace is Lanvin as well – I get the idea of wearing a long statement necklace with this simple gown, but I think this pearl thing is too much. In any case, this look is SO MUCH better than the baggy Dior mess she wore to the London premiere – remember that? It was so baggy and unflattering that many people theorized that she was knocked up. But Carey told Hello Magazine that “baggy and unflattering” is just her style, that she hates body-con.

Carey Mulligan is too ”self-conscious” to wear figure-hugging clothing. The ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ star has confessed she prefers to sport loose-fitting dresses on the red carpet as she feels uncomfortable when she shows off too much of her slender physique.

She said: ”I’m so reserved. I like outfits that come to my knee and aren’t too tight or revealing. I’m too self-conscious of my body and my appearance.”

The brunette beauty, 29 – who is married to Mumford and Sons star Marcus Mumford – added she hates having her picture taken at high profile events, although she feels as if she has ”improved a little” when it comes to posing in front of the camera. She told HELLO! magazine: ”I hate the idea of standing in front of a hundreds of people while they take my picture. It’s a nightmare and I feel so uncomfortable. Maybe I’ve improved a little, but any time I’m on the red carpet I lose all sense of myself. I find it so odd. I know it sounds like a contradiction but I never went into acting for all eyes on me.”

[From Contact Music]

I get that… sort of. I mean, not every woman can or should wear tight little minidresses and four-inch heels. How boring would that be? But I think there’s a flattering way to do the anti-body stuff. And that Dior dress wasn’t the way. This Lanvin though? It’s nice.

Oh, and Carey gave a few decent quotes to USA Today last night – she was asked about being on Broadway (in Skylight) and she said: “What is fun? I can’t remember fun. I basically just go to restaurants with friends and go for walks. I don’t have any real hobbies. I like being home.” She also threw a little shade on the celebrities complaining about their lack of privacy, saying that she’s always maintained her privacy because “It’s easy to do if you are intentioned about it. I’ve always been intentioned about it.”

Last thing: Carey was just nominated for a Tony Award for Skylight! Congrats.




Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and WENN.

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  1. Lama Bean says:

    Gurrllll, I’m with you.

  2. Franca says:

    I love her. I LOVE HER.

  3. Abbott says:

    She’s beautiful but it always looks like she’s on the brink of tears. Kinda like Kit Harington.

  4. Nelly says:

    She looks much more older than 30 (she will be 30 this May)

  5. Birdix says:

    I understand that feeling–I always wore baggy clothes, even when I was ballerina thin. Tight feels too show-offish, and like my body is making offers the rest of me might not feel like delivering. Have been called frumpy. Normcore was awesome because I was inadvertently hip.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Whenever I think of you, I remember you saying how you hated Red Rover because you were so small the other team always called you over and you just bounced off their arms. I know what you mean about clothes that are too form fitting. I’ve never really felt comfortable in really revealing clothes, either, even when I looked good in them. Too “look at me.”

      • Birdix says:

        wow, GNAT, you have a great memory :)

      • Luce says:

        Ahhhh! I am with you on Red Rover. I was always the smallest in my class, and not only do they call you over, but they make it so you have to go through the toughest, biggest kids. . . or that’s the way it was in my day. As a petite person, I will hate, hate, forever hate Red Rover.

        As for body-con clothes, I like fitted, not contour. I wish I were tall or broad enough to carry off whispy, flowy clothes because I love the look, but I always look like I’m wearing my mom’s clothes (and I’m over 40, so that isn’t a good look.)

  6. Alice D says:

    I think she’s great too. However, I’m not convinced by her line on privacy. She’s never attracted the level of tabloid interest that actresses like Kristen Stewart get, and has as yet to reach their level of fame – and therefore hasn’t had to deal with the 24/7 levels of exposure. If she did, she’d probably find out pretty quickly that it’s not so easy to maintain your privacy as she thinks.

    • Sofia says:

      Some actors who find it easy to be private tend to send some shade to others and even though there are obviously fame wh*res out there, it seems to me that she is considered boring and that’s why that no one is really interested in seeing what she is wearing while grocery shopping. And she is married to someone that can be seen as totally boring too, so… I’m not sure if she is private because she wants to or just because no one really cares… And this has nothing to do with her acting, is just her perceived public personna.

      • Alice D says:

        In fact, the more I think about it, the more annoying I find her comments on privacy. To me, it sounds quite judgemental to suggest that maintaining privacy is easy – it implies that actors subject to tabloid hounding have at best been careless, or at worst have brought it on themselves. Frankly, I doubt if paparazzi photos of her and Marcus Mumford will fetch much money, or that there are hackers out there making repeated attempts to break into her phone memory – so she shouldn’t cast shade on others who are subject to those intrusions. Having said that, she’ll still top-class!

      • Sofia says:

        I remember reading a Clive Owen’s interview (I love him!) where he said something about having a normal life and going to the pub without having a circus following him. That’s just how he carried himself, but he was aware that his life was really boring because he was married for like more than 20 years and there was really no gossip. So it’s not just about what you do, you may not encourage it but you never know how you’ll be perceived.

    • Johnny says:

      @Alice D
      People talk about Mulligan’s talent. Stewart is like Aniston a celebrity for tabloid and not much more. Maybe JLaw has an insane exposure and an amazing talent that cans be compared to Mulligan (even if JLaw is much more famous)

      • Sofia says:

        What else would they talk about? I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, quite the opposite, but being talented is not what attracts the paps.

      • Franca says:

        I don’t think JLaw can be compared to Carey in terms of talent.

    • Ambra says:

      @Alice D
      Kristen Stewart isn’t famous like Twilight years. Now there are JLaw, Woodley, Dakota Johnson,Emma Watson that are more famous. Stewart is on news only for Pattinson things or her relationship with Alicia but there isn’t the interest for her that was years ago

  7. M. S. says:

    I love her so much, but I wish someone had ironed her dress a little more! Or maybe it’s supposed to look like that?
    I’m going to see Skylight in May. So excited!

    • Norman Bates' Mother says:

      It’s a very easily wrinkling material. It looks like she was sitting in a car on a way to the premiere and there’s nothing that could have been done to avoid it. Not very practical. I had a skirt like that and the very minute I put it on. it looked like I gave it to my dog to chew instead of ironing it. And I ironed it every time.

  8. Brittney B says:

    I love her, and this definitely isn’t a criticism of her OR her fashion sense, but…

    why can’t designers make dresses that don’t wrinkle? I know nothing about fashion, so maybe it really is impossible to find a fabric that doesn’t wrinkle. But every time I look at red carpet pictures, I see it immediately: the wrinkles from sitting down in the car on the way there. It always seems like an after-thought and it drives me crazy.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Yes, it’s crazy, isn’t it? I read that a lot of women appearing on the red carpet dress in a hotel across the street so they don’t have to ride in a car and wrinkle their dress. I love natural fabrics, and they are the most beautiful, but you would think someone could invent something to put in them so they wouldn’t end up with lap wrinkles.

  9. MtnRunner says:

    Her words sound strange coming from someone who choose to work in Hollywood.

  10. Lila says:

    I’ve seen her pegged as an INFJ before, but the more I read her interviews,the more I see It. I can so identify with her point of view. Not everyone becomes an actor for the fame aspect. Some just really like the work.

  11. Lucy says:

    She’s giving me Annie Clark (AKA St Vincent) vibes here, which is not a bad thing at all.

  12. chilicat says:

    I love her. And I like the dress. I saw her on the Graham Norton show the other week and the dress she wore did make her look a little bit pregnant. But looking at her here im not so sure.

    • Norman Bates' Mother says:

      I wasn’t convinced, when she was wearing that Dior dress, but now I think she looks pregnant. The dress is very baggy, so the stomach is not visible, but her breasts look much bigger. And she looked like she had a bit of a round belly in a black-turquoise suit she was wearing to some meeting (the pics were here on CB).

      • Lee1 says:

        Yes, I noticed that too about the black and turquoise outfit. I’m not normally one to bump watch and I think it’s really rude when tabloids publish that type of speculation, but from this quiet corner of the internet I have to say I have just assumed she is pregnant at this point. I hope she is actually as I am soon to enter my second trimester of pregnancy and I’d like to have a celebrity pregnancy ‘buddy’ who isn’t a Duggar.

  13. j.eyre says:

    I am trying to decide if I agree with you on the necklace. I love everything about the dress. I also love the necklace and was ready to (respectfully) disagree with it overpowering the dress in that first shot but the close up of her torso, I think I do see your point. It distracts from the elegance of the dress and elegance is a rare fashion choice on the red carpet lately.

    I think I am coming down on agreeing with you but I can’t saying that with conviction yet. I am sure you are waiting with baited breath until I do, I know.

    (It really is a dynamite necklace, though)

  14. KT says:

    Lover her – love the dress.

    Oh and a HONK for Mattthais.

  15. Rory says:

    Love Matthias. Absolute perfection. Carey needs to bring the waists in for her dress. I can’t wait to see this film.