Mulligan's boredom with film roles
Carey Mulligan has revealed why she took a year off after An Education - because she got bored of the roles on offer.
Following her award-winning turn as Jenny, the British actress was in high demand, but wasn't thrilled by the parts she was offered.
"As much I wanted to I just couldn't find something that I felt justified in doing. There was just too much that was similar to the parts I'd played before and things I had already done," she said.
"I felt that until I found something that I felt excited about in terms of something different, I was going to wait."
Carey - who next stars in Drive alongside Ryan Gosling and Shame with Michael Fassbender - was offered quirky characters and costume dramas on the back of An Education.
"It was like The Girl Who Wore Black Eye Make-up and was into The Ramones. As brilliant as they were, there wasn't a good enough reason for me to do them," she continued.
"I felt I had just come out of a really long two years of doing lots of British TV... and I just didn't feel like going back into that territory. There was definitely a time when I thought there wasn't much for me."
The 26-year-old is set to start filming Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. "Gatsby is an amazingly interesting role and an amazing cast but a massively different budget and scale," she said.
"It's a great role. I haven't played anything like that before so it is exciting, something different."
:: Drive opens in cinemas on September 23.