Carey Mulligan 'worse' at acting around cameras

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Michael Fassbender & Carey Mulligan star in this 2011 drama film directed by Steve McQueen. Set in New York City, a man's (Fassbender) carefully cultivated private life allows him to indulge his sexual addiction. That is, until his wayward younger sister (Mulligan) arrives unannounced for an indefinite stay.
January 13th, 2012

Carey Mulligan doesn't like acting in front of a camera.

The British beauty - who has previously been nominated for an Oscar - admits she sometimes struggles in films because she is not fond of cameras, and prefers to be blinded by the lights of theatre.

She said: "The closer a camera gets to me, the worse I am at acting, it completely throws me.

"The best moment of my career to date was doing 'The Seagull' on Broadway. It was a couple of years ago, before all that stuff happened with 'An Education'. Nothing's topped it, the feeling of being on that stage. It's so immediate and so consuming in a way that film isn't.

"Film's so stop and start and that often makes me act badly. But on stage I'm blinded by the lights."

However, she was very keen to win the role of eccentric Sissy in Steve McQueen's sex addiction movie 'Shame'.

She added to the Metro newspaper: "Steve kept trying to leave the meeting and I sat him back on his chair and said, 'What do I need to get this job?' I told him I felt a passionate desire to play the part."