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Carey Mulligan: ‘I’ve Never Been Comfortable With the Idea of Nudity’

Carey Mulligan, shot for <em>W</em> by Michael Thompson.
Carey Mulligan, shot for W by Michael Thompson.

In the accompanying article for Carey Mulligan’s new W cover, which features her breasts propped up by a fancy Nina Ricci bra, the actress explains her aversion to taking her clothes off for roles:

I’ve never been comfortable with the idea of nudity. I’ve done only seminude, very innocent things in the past, and I’ve always been of the quite British mind-set that I won’t do gratuitous nudity. When it came to this [her new film, Shame], it just seemed so obvious that she [her character, Sissy] is the sort of person who would have no trouble being naked … She’s an extrovert and wants to be seen. More than anything, she wants someone to acknowledge and help her. I thought I had a week before the nude scene to go to the gym, but we shot it on my first day of filming.

Which actually wound up being fine:

Weirdly, it was fine. You take your clothes off, and you’re like, “Ah — all of you are wearing clothes, and I’m naked, ha, ha, ha.” It’s kind of fun — not that I would continue to do it.

For her W editorial, shot by Michael Thompson, Mulligan got to be fully clothed by Edward Enninful in lots of crisp whites, looking Twiggy-esque with her big black lashes.

Carey Mulligan ‘Never’ Comfortable With Nudity