September 10th, 2010
09:44 AM ET
Carey Mulligan certainly made critics sit up and take notice of her with “An Education” – the 25-year-old actress was nominated for an Academy Award for her lead role in the 2009 film – but she thinks she still doesn’t have quite the star power yet to be on one of television’s hottest shows.
“I want to be in ‘Glee,’” the actress explained to Vogue magazine for their October issue, “but I’m told I’m not famous enough to be a cameo yet.”
But Mulligan doesn’t appear to be after the glitz and glamour that life as a young Hollywood actress can offer, anyway. She sticks to mass retailers like Urban Outfitters in her day-to-day life coupled with understated jewelry, and she’s also uninterested in trying to meet the industry’s rigid aesthetic demands.
She told her trainer, “‘I don’t want to look like an actress; I want to look like a person.’ Normal people don’t go to the gym six times a week.” Mulligan pointed out to Vogue that when she was at her thinnest, she found she couldn’t perform on the job as well.
“I went down to 112 pounds and realized my brain doesn’t work when I’m that thin, so I can’t do my job,” she said. “That’s why, when I came out here, I never had that whole Hollywood pressure thing. I never said I wanted to be a lead actress; I never said I wanted to be a film actress. This need to trump everyone bewilders me. I’m only 25. I’m not better than anyone. I just want to watch other people and learn to be good.”
Mulligan’s aversion to attention extends to her romantic relationship with her “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” costar Shia LaBeouf as well – the pair avoids appearing on the red carpet together.
“Posing on the red carpet feels like you’re selling something that has nothing to do with you,” she said. “If you do it with someone else, it’s like we’re saying, ‘Oh! We come as a pair! Would you like to buy both of us? We’re available for weddings and Bar Mitzvahs!’ ”
“On a talk show, I feel I should just hold up a sign with the facts on it — and leave. It wouldn’t take more than a minute, and they’d have room for other guests,” she told the magazine. “I want people to not recognize me, to think I’m a different actress, not remember me from what I did previously. If people have all those other pictures and stories associated with you, it’s added [expletive] that means they have to work harder to believe you as a character.”
For the full interview with Mulligan, visit the newly redesigned Vogue.com.
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