Carey Mulligan feels ‘forced like a woman’ to star in heroine drama

British actress Carey Mulligan said she feels “forced as a woman” to star in the upcoming film She Said because it revolves around “heroicism”.

His biopic saw Mulligan and Zoe Kazan play investigative journalists who broke the story of Harvey Weinstein in a movie about the scandal.

New York Times reporters Megan Twohey (Mulligan) and Jodi Kantor (Kazan) tell how the once powerful Hollywood mogul has spent decades abusing women.

The landmark case, announced in October 2017, helped propel the #MeToo movement into the public consciousness and led to Weinstein being convicted of rape and sentenced to 23 years in prison in 2020.

Arriving at the film’s international premiere at the BFI London Film Festival, Carey told the PA news agency: “I feel compelled as a woman to participate in the story of heroine so much.

“I was really drawn to Megan, who I was playing in the movie.

“She’s an investigative journalist, I really can’t understand what it feels like to be someone who can call someone in the middle of the day and say ‘There’s this I know about you, man. tell me and I can tell everyone. ‘

“In order to build trust and be able to have such relationships with people, I think I was drawn to her as an individual.”


Carey Mulligan attends She Said’s international premiere during BFI London Film Festival 2022 (Ian West/PA)

This is the first time Mulligan and Kazan have appeared together on screen, although they did star in Ian Rickson’s play The Seagull in 2008.

She details the Weinstein investigation and how reporters brought down the tycoon.

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Mulligan added: “In a way, this is a very important history lesson, this is a kind of huge event in our society and although things have changed, there is still much work to be done. must do.

“When we read the news today, we know how much further we have to go in so many parts of the world and even in our industry, which has changed a lot.

“I think art helps, I think storytelling helps. You can read everything in one article and you can read the statistics of how things are changing, but I think a lot about storytelling is that it gets you into it and makes you feel a part of it. of something and I think this movie does it.

“I think it makes you feel like you’re in the newsroom with these women as you watch all these individual efforts come together to make a difference, and I think that’s really inspiring. “


Producers Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Carey Mulligan and director Maria Schrader (Ian West/PA)

The series is directed by Emmy-winning filmmaker Maria Schrader and produced by Oscar winners Jeremy Kleiner and Dede Gardner, who produced 12 Years A Slave and Moonlight.

Schrader said she thinks all women should be able to relate to the film “to a certain extent” – including herself.

She told PA: “Even though it was five years ago, I still vividly remember living through these weeks and months after the article went public and it changed my life too.

“It has led to countless discussions over the years. I hardly know of any woman who doesn’t carry stories of at least her own intimidation, what it’s like to grow up in patriarchy and society.”

Describing the casting of Mulligan and Kazan as the leads, the director said she “almost had a physical reaction” to the combination because she felt it was “right”.

She added: “They are not only the best actors but also reliable intellectuals and writers.

“Zoe Kazan is a writer herself, Carey Mulligan has this vibrant soul, and I just believe every second that these two women are doing the kind of work that isn’t necessary, even among brilliant actors. .

“It’s been amazing to work with both of them and their passion and their minds and hearts and emotions, which is what makes this movie.”

The film’s international premiere saw Weinstein survivors Laura Madden and Zelda Perkins arrive wearing matching yellow T-shirts that read, “You can’t buy my silence.”

Rowena Chiu, who is portrayed in the film by actress Angela Yeoh, described the film’s premiere as “very overwhelming and deeply surreal”.

She told PA: “It’s an emotional whole, I don’t know if I should relate to the film as someone in it or as a viewer, so I think I still Processing.

“I hope that the movie will have an incredible impact, even more so than the book and the movement. All of these are built on top of each other and I think it’s very important that we continue to get the message across about male toxicity in general, but also especially in the workplace and harassment. sex in the workplace.

“I think if that message reaches a wider audience then the film will really succeed with what it has set out to do.

“The Me Too movement is now in its fifth year and I am often asked about its lasting impact and I think it started as a cultural movement, but I think unless it turns into a political movement and legal, it’s very difficult for it. for a lasting impact. “

Ms. Chiu added that her story when it was adapted to the screen was “very emotional”.

“I am often asked if it is because I have heard my story so often that now that I see it as dramatic as it is in a book, if that emotional impact has faded and I thought it never really went away.

“It always feels very strange and I think you feel conflicted about things inside of you. It’s not an emotion.

“You don’t necessarily feel sad or angry, but you do feel a combination of those things. I think it’s hard, it’s hard to put into words. “

She Said is slated for a UK release on November 25. Carey Mulligan feels ‘forced like a woman’ to star in heroine drama

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