Monday, April 15, 2013

Through the Lens: Carey Mulligan Channels "The Great Gatsby" for Vogue

Carey Mulligan wears Dior Haute Couture in the May 2013 issue of Vogue.

Carey Mulligan wears some seriously amazing and intricate 1920s-inspired gowns by Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Miu Miu, Nina Ricci and Dior for the May 2013 issue of Vogue.  Edited by Grace Coddington and shot by Mario Testino, she looks every bit Daisy Buchanan.  Baz Luhrmann's take on the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel will be released on May 10.

Luhrmann and Leonardo DiCaprio recount the audition process and how they knew Mulligan was the perfect choice for the coveted role:
“In everybody’s mind they have a Daisy Buchanan. It’s like Scarlett O’Hara, how touchy a subject that is. I think of Scarlett as being this precious child star who’s been a star all her life, and that’s true about Daisy. She’s a kind of social supernova; she’s so attractive and dazzling, and she makes you feel as if you’re the only person in the world.” Mulligan’s audition came relatively late in the day. “We did the piece just before the dining-room scene where Daisy and Gatsby kiss. ‘Am I supposed to kiss him?’ she asked me. ‘Yes, go for it.’ She leaned over and she kisses Leonardo.”

After the scene, Luhrmann barely said goodbye to her, trying to get her out of the room so he could find out what DiCaprio thought. “Leonardo turned to me and he goes, ‘Well . . . I guess that’s the Next Big Thing in acting.’ He said—and I thought this was very astute—‘We’ve seen a lot of great actors, but Daisy has got to be a kind of hothouse flower, something that Gatsby never encountered before, such that he feels an obsession to protect her.’ It was a very quick decision after that. It really was one of those classic backstage stories where you went, ‘Hmm, hmm, hmm—boom.’ ” 
You can read the full interview here.

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