Carey Mulligan Doesn't Need You to Compliment Her for Playing Strong Women

by Emily Krauser 8:15 PM PDT, October 02, 2015
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The notoriously private Carey Mulligan is opening up, and we couldn't love her more for it.

Admittedly, she doesn't completely spill her guts to Elle UK as their November 2015 cover woman, but she does "The Feminism Issue" theme very proud.

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While we'll have to wait for the issue to hit stands to get the full interview with the 30-year-old English actress, we have been gifted with some amazing tidbits already.

Mulligan stars in the upcoming British drama Suffragette, which centers on the women who started the equal rights movement in the late 19th century and early 20th century in the United Kingdom. While many advances have been achieved since then, Mulligan is fully aware that the respect women receive today, including in Hollywood, is not at an acceptable level.

"'You don't say to men, 'You played another really strong man,'" she tells the magazine about why she would never take on a role that's less well-rounded than a leading man's part. "The idea that women are inherently weak -- and we've identified the few strong ones to tell stories about -- is mad."

What Mulligan is looking for, both in the film industry and in the world in general, is equality. "Someone asked me yesterday, 'Do you think it would be a better world if it were run by women?'" she recalled. "And the answer is no. I think it would be a better world if it were run equally. We're still so far from that."

Photo: Elle UK

While musing on feminism, the Inside Llewyn Davis star also touched upon motherhood and may have finally admitted that she's pregnant with her and husband Marcus Mumford's first child -- in a very roundabout way, of course.

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"I've always wanted to be a mother. I love what I do, but I'm excited for this next phase of my life," she said.

Sounds like changing diapers is definitely around the corner -- she did say "this," after all.

Last year, Mulligan's fellow Brit, actress Emma Watson, gave a passionate speech on gender equality at the United Nations. Watch the video below.