Carey Mulligan plays a New York Times journalist who exposes allegations of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein in the new film She Is Happy.
And in a recent interview at the Los Angeles premiere, the British actress admitted that she felt “the weight of responsibility” for personal justice in her real life, as well as Weinstein’s victims.
It’s the first time Mulligan has played someone who’s still alive.
Heavy Role: Carey Mulligan, 37, admitted that she felt “the weight of responsibility” playing a New York Times journalist who exposed sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein while filming the biographical drama She Said; The actress at the premiere of She Said in London on October 14
The Academy Award-nominated actress portrays Megan Twohey, who along with fellow New York Times colleague Judy Kantor, played by Zoe Kazan, broke the Weinstein story in 2017.
Their investigative work ended up exposing the film producer’s strong history of sexual abuse and misconduct against women, which is said to have lasted for three decades.
The allegations were also the catalyst for the burgeoning #MeToo movement and eventually led to Weinstein being sentenced to 23 years in prison, though he could face further prison terms with a new trial in Los Angeles and more sexual assault charges in London.
Directed by Maria Schrader from a screenplay by Rebecca Linkewicz, She Said is based on the book of the same name by the two journalists released in 2019.
In She Said, Mulligan (left) plays Megan Twohey and Zoe Kazan portray Jodi Kantor, the two journalists who broke the Weinstein story in 2017 and then chronicled their investigative work in a book of the same name released two years later.
The Challenge: “I think we felt the weight of the responsibility,” the British actress said of playing a character from real life, all while the real victims were still on their minds.
“I think we felt the weight of the responsibility, and I felt that at other jobs,” Mulligan, 37, said of her role in a story that is still fresh in people’s minds. I think especially when you play a real person, you have that, but the stories we were telling are very real and very modern, and not just to the people who were in the movie, but to the viewers and the audience. “
“You realize that this story is going to affect the people who go to see it in the cinema, so I think we all felt it was a huge undertaking and we took it very seriously,” she added.
The film not only details how the two journalists broke Weinstein’s story, but also how the story affected their lives.
In order to get a closer look at both sides of that story, Mulligan was able to meet Tohey and gain “unrestricted access” to her life. While spending quality time together, the two women ended up hitting him and bonding with each other.
“I haven’t played someone who is still alive,” said the London, England native. I’ve played real people, but I’ve been reading bios, so this was really exciting, and she’s just the coolest person. So I wanted to be her friend. I wanted her to like me.
Twohey and Kantor ended up winning a Pulitzer Prize for their report on the Weinstein case.
Famous real-life journalists: Judy Kantor (left) and Megan Twohy (right) ended up winning a Pulitzer Prize for their reporting on the Weinstein case
In all, more than 80 women have come forward and filed allegations of sexual harassment and/or rape against Weinstein. Initially, he was convicted of first-degree criminal sex offense and third-degree rape in New York in 2020, and was sentenced to 23 years in prison.
He is currently on trial in Los Angeles for another sexual assault charge as he prepares to face more charges in London.
Besides Mulligan and Kazan, the film also stars Patricia Clarkson, Andre Prager, Jennifer Eli, Samantha Morton, Ashley Judd, Sean Cullen, and Angela Yeoh. Tom Belfry, Adam Shapiro, Anastasia Barzee, James Austin Johnson, Kelly McCaul, Sarah Ann Maas, and Mike Huston as Harvey Weinstein.
After its premiere at the 60th New York Film Festival on October 13, and the BFI London Film Festival the following day, the film debuted in Los Angeles at the 2022 AFI Fest on Friday, November 4.
It is set to arrive in cinemas across the United States on November 18.
Thriller: After the film’s premiere at the 60th New York Film Festival on October 13th, it is set to arrive in cinemas across the United States on November 18th. Mulligan and Kazan were portrayed in a scene from the movie She Said
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