"I think my views on beauty have changed just getting older," Carey Mulligan tells us on the set of her Harper's Bazaar cover shoot. "Seeing my beautiful friends, who are the same age as me, all of us getting older together, and I think they're so gorgeous."
As an actress, the 35-year-old knows all too well the transformative power of beauty, and her latest role as an avenging antiheroine in the Emerald Fennell-directed Promising Young Woman uses that to particularly great effect. Her character adopts a variety of different guises in order to lure men into taking advantage of her before calling them out, as a form of retribution following the sexual assault of her best friend. Mulligan was recently forced to call out a critic who implied that she wasn't attractive enough for the role, arguing that criticism should be "constructive" and that one's physical appearance shouldn't be a factor.
For someone that spends so much of her time in front of a camera, the actress takes a refreshingly relaxed approach when it comes to her own personal beauty regime, too.
"For work, most of the characters that I play look pretty haggard," she laughs. "So I don't really worry too much about what I look like!"