Actor Carey Mulligan has expressed her unhappiness over lack of leading roles for female actors in the film industry, saying she is no longer interested in playing the girlfriend and wife parts. The 32-year-old actor said showbiz has always offered meatier and more important roles to their male counterparts.
Fed up playing stereotypes
Carey Mulligan has hit out at what she says is a lack of leading film roles for women.The 32-year-old star of Suffragette and The Great Gatsby said she’s “fed up” of playing wives or girlfriends.The Oscar-nominated actress is due to appear in a new BBC television series called Collateral.Criticising the movie world she said opting for the small screen gave her the chance to play a fully rounded, flawed, interesting person. She said :
“I think for the most of female actresses I know it’s just about going where the better writing is, Films have tended to provide a lot for men in terms of great leading roles and not so much for women.”
The “Drive” actor cited HBO’s “Big Little Lies” as an example of pro-women good writing and said television often created multiple roles for women whereas films struggle to squeeze in even one. Mulligan added :
“I think it’s been led by the writing and the opportunities, particularly for women.That’s certainly the case for me, I just want to play the most interesting, complicated real person and interesting complicated real people in the film are really, really rare.I think essentially following great writing, trying to play real people and not play the girlfriend, the wife”.
Collateral, which is produced by National Treasure producer The Forge, is set over four days and explores the repercussions of the shooting of a pizza delivery man. Mulligan plays pregnant ex-pole vaulter turned police officer Kip Glaspie, who is determined to discover the truth. The murder, it seems, is not just a random incident, but something that brings together a range of issues including illegal immigration and how the government, church and military is involved. The four-part series also stars State of Play’s John Simm, Last Tango In Halifax’s Nicola Walker, and Penny Dreadful’s Billie Piper.
The actress was pregnant during the filming of her new TV series where she plays hard-nosed Detective Inspector Kip Glaspie, who refuses to believe it was a random act of senseless violence.Talking about filming whilst pregnant with her second child with Marcus Mumford from Mumford & Sons, Carey said filming scenes at night was a struggle.
She is the English actress who has kept her private life well out of the public eye.And now, Carey Mulligan has spoken out about her experience with sexism in the film industry.’I have felt belittled and… kind of lesser-than. I’ve definitely experienced sexism in terms of how I’ve been treated,’ the 32-year-old revealed to the January edition of Vogue Australia.