Carey Mulligan doesn’t miss her single, childfree life & hasn’t been in a bar in years

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Holy crap, Porter Magazine did Carey Mulligan dirty with this cover. They made her look like a jowly zombie and she does not look like that normally. You really have to try to make her look like that. Yikes. Carey covers Porter to promote Promising Young Woman, the revenge-fantasy drama/comedy about a woman who tries to single-handedly dismantle rape culture, one date-rapey douchebag at a time. The film was supposed to come out this month, but the release got pushed back, like everything else. I did find out some new information about Carey in this piece, like her kids’ names: Wilfred and Evelyn, both of which sound on-brand for her. You can read Carey’s profile here. Some highlights:

The drama actress wishes she could be in a rom-com: “I have always wanted to be in a rom-com. I’ve been campaigning for [Love Actually rom-com legend] Richard Curtis to write me something for about 10 years!”

On the script by Emerald Fennell: “Emerald was very deliberate about not putting anything in the film that we haven’t seen in a rom-com or bro-comedy in the past 20 years. Emerald’s [point] was: if [you] take someone home and they are really drunk, and then that person reveals they are not drunk, and you feel guilty, then you know what you are doing isn’t right. What we reflected on, making this film, was the amount of real-life stories like this we know. A lot of this film is stuff that pretty much every woman I know has experienced in some way.”

As she gets older, her girlfriends are more important to her: “My female friendships have become increasingly important – particularly the ones with friends I made when I was 14 at school. It’s something about doing stages of life together and supporting each other. Every year, we do our birthdays together, because all our birthdays are within six days of one another. It’s great.”

She wants to raise her son & daughter to be feminists: “I was so excited to make Suffragette and think that one day my daughter will watch this, but I equally like that my son will,” she says. “Parity” is the word she uses to describe how she hopes to raise both her son and daughter.

Whether she has nostalgia for single life: “Noooo. In fact, every time we stepped into a new bar set, Emerald and I would both be like, ‘God, we haven’t been in a bar in a really long time’. And I’m very glad of that.”

[From Porter]

Single life isn’t all about bars! It’s also about not changing diapers and taking naps whenever you want and doing whatever you want all the time. As for the rom-com… she would be very good in a rom-com, especially one written by Richard Curtis. Why hasn’t he written one for her yet? And the film… yeah, it looks so good. I’m bummed that they just pushed back the release because I really wanted to see it.

2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards

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  1. Feedmechips says:

    It is very annoying to constantly hear people conflate being child free with drunken debauchery.

    • Alyse says:


      But also… it also annoys me that people think you can only like bars as a place to meet someone. No. That can be a bonus. But usually I’m out to see my friends, hear some good music & have fun dancing… 3 things I all do both single and in a relationship!!

  2. Gil says:

    The person who took the pics for the cover hates Carey Mulligan. She looks tired and dull. I really wanted to watch this film too.

  3. emmy says:

    I get it. Every time I think about what it would be like to have a kid I think of dirty diapers and no time to myself, a screaming baby and regret. That’s (hopefully) not what parenthood is about or not exclusively but to me those aspects loom large and I don’t want it. So I guess she has found the lifestyle that fits her and the negative aspects of her single life seem awful in retrospect.

    What I don’t like about many married people and parents’ narrative is that the “before” was something to endure. That must suck. To see part of your life as somehow less than.

  4. Maggie says:

    No one does whatever they want all the time.

  5. Lisa says:

    Really bad cover photo.

  6. North of Boston says:

    ” “Parity” is the word she uses to describe how she hopes to raise both her son and daughter. ”

    I am just having my morning coffee, and read this as “Party” and I was like, yeah, fun is great! But what does that have to do with your kids watching Suffragette?

  7. Tiffany says:

    I got the bar quote as just growing and aging. When me and a friend from college went out to a bar to have a few drinks and catch up, we saw several groups people that were in the age group from our days and the way they were acting. The only difference is we were blessed not to have the technology there is now. I don’t miss is and can laugh about it now. My friend is married, I am not but we are middle age and probably not ‘hip’ to know how to act in bars now and days :).

  8. Amelia says:

    I saw promising young woman at Sundance and honestly have never left a movie so angry. Besides their being some issues with story arc, this film should really come with a trigger warning — there is literally a full scene of a woman being suffocated in real time. And the ending is not empowering but actually dangerous.

  9. TyrantDestroyed says:

    I get what she says about female friendship. When I was a teen and young adult I used to be surrounded mainly by male friends and felt more comfortable. I was lucky enough to have found 2 women that I met during my 20’s that I can call my friends for life and even though we live far from each other we talk everyday and try to make a trip together once a year.
    I don’t agree with her regarding child free life is not only about bars or partying. We love our daughter but sometimes miss that time when we were not responsible for another human being.

  10. AislingMoon says:

    Promising Young Woman was the last movie I saw in a theatre before the lockdown happened (my job affords me that chance to see movies much earlier than their release date) and I’ll be very interested in the reception it receives. I was really eager to see it but it was very different than the trailer makes it out to be. I personally found it very upsetting to sit through. I liked it but it was not a fun watch by any stretch. I definitely won’t ever watch it again.

    Carey was great though, as usual.

  11. Valiantly Varnished says:

    I love the name Evelyn. It’s one of the names on my pretend baby name list and my really close friend wound up naming her daughter Evelyn. Which was purely coincidence but I told her that if I ever have a kid Im still naming her Evelyn.