Carey Mulligan on Marcus Mumford: He’s “The Only Thing That’s Mine That I Can Keep Totally Away”

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Carey Mulligan Vogue 2015

By Daniel Gates

Carey Mulligan Vogue 2015


Carey Mulligan is intensely private about her personal life, but she opens up a bit to Vogue for a new cover story, explaining that her husband Marcus Mumford is “the only thing that’s mine that I can keep totally away, so I try to.” She says of their marriage, which involves professional commitments around the world, “like anyone, you try and split your time evenly.”

Their friend Sienna Miller says of the couple, “They both come from very solid families and have a real sense of the life they want to live.” Mulligan and Mumford frequently spend time in the countryside outside London. “They have chickens and a dog, and roasts and friends, jams by campfires,” notes Miller. “It’s sort of idyllic. Marcus can headline Glastonbury and Carey can be nominated for however many Oscars, and then they come back to their farm, and they’re in big woolly jumpers and funny hats, raising piglets. It’s an amazing balance they’ve managed to strike. I can’t wait for a little baby to come along.”

Mulligan says of staying clear of the typical celebrity life in the city, “I like waking up in the morning and putting on whatever’s by the side of my bed, and putting on Wellington boots and walking up a steep hill. And not wearing any makeup.”

“I have always felt that the less people know about me, the better,” she says of her acting career. “The more similar you look job to job, the more they relate to you from your previous roles… That’s why I’ve done loads of really stupid things to my hair in the past to try to not look the same.”

And Mulligan says she “can’t imagine not acting,” although there can be some challenges in staying true to what she wants to do. “Given the choice, I’d rather not play accessories,” she explains. “And waiting for the non-girlfriend/wife thing usually takes a decent amount of time.” Mulligan tells the outlet, “When I was younger, I used to strongly feel that I didn’t know myself. I was drawn to people who were very confident. And I think through my work, I’ve probably figured that out.”

The actress explains, “I do think the goal has to be to try and find something that will be remembered in a long time. Because otherwise, if you’re not aiming to do your best, there’s no point… if it all goes wrong, I’ll just open a fudge shop in Devon.”

Mulligan also shot an amusing video for Vogue in which she talks about living in New York while working on Broadway. She’s basically gone full American, as indicated by her love of hot dogs, SoulCycle and screaming at cabbies. Watch the clip below.

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