Carey Mulligan in Paris — Our Last Pre-Quarantine Cover Shoot

Carey Mulligan in Paris — Our Last Pre-Quarantine Cover Shoot

Carey Mulligan in Paris — Our Last Pre-Quarantine Cover Shoot

Like the City of Light, Carey Mulligan has always commanded attention. Before we self-isolated, we celebrated her commitment to art and the beauty of Paris.

I've admired Carey Mulligan ever since her breakout role as a schoolgirl seduced by an older man in 2009's An Education turned the Sundance Film Festival on its ear. Mulligan is an actor's actor, not just commanding a role but somehow giving the sense that her character — whether it's Kitty Bennet in Pride & Prejudice, Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, or Maud Watts in Suffragette — has lived long before the film was made. She's just in it, always. However, Mulligan's next film, Promising Young Woman, directed by Killing Eve showrunner Emerald Fennell, is a new turn, a provocative, darkly comic revenge-on-bad-men tale that rings more than one bell of recognition in a post-#MeToo era. (Again, it's testament to Mulligan's skill that, without giving anything away, you would think she's always been an American medical-school dropout who works in a coffee shop.)

Commitment is ingrained in Mulligan, who, at 35, has been married to musician Marcus Mumford (of the folkrock band Mumford & Sons) for eight years and has two children, Evelyn, 4, and Wilfred, 2. When they're not touring or filming, the family divide their time between their home in London and farm in Devon. It's by FaceTime that I catch up with Mulligan, who is in Devon, in her second week of self-isolation from COVID-19. (She flashes her phone around to point out some cows languidly walking past her house.) Now, Mulligan and I once had a grand plan to shoot her cover story in Paris, have dinner afterward, the whole tra-la-la. Due to looming travel restrictions, I had to leave early for New York, but Mulligan kept her commitment, gamely shooting this story in cold, rainy weather with a skeleton crew. A week later, even that would be impossible.

JOANNA CZECH

CM: I love facials. If I'm lucky and happen to be in America at the right time, I see [aesthetician] Joanna Czech. She's incredible. In London I go to Pfeffer Sal. But for day-to-day, I just do a little concealer, curl my eyelashes, and use Glossier Boy Brow because I like to comb these bad boys out. I have also really fallen for baseball caps. I used to feel self-conscious about wearing one because I'm not American, but it's a great way to navigate life without makeup.

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