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Carey Mulligan stars opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby

Carey Mulligan stars opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby

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Carey Mulligan stars opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby

Carey Mulligan has claimed she'd never had to look pretty before filming The Great Gatsby.

The actress who plays beautiful socialite Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's new film says the lavish costumes were a very different experience for her.

She said: "I've never played a character who's had to be pretty before. I've always played characters who look how they look or looked quite bad.

"The creations were beautiful. I was wearing millions of dollars worth of diamonds. I've never been expensive before and that makes you move differently and feel different."

Carey, who stars opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, was also impressed with the men's costumes: "I thought the boys looked so handsome. I wish they dressed like that now."

An Education star Carey revealed everything about working on the big-budget film was different to the projects she had been involved with before.

She said: "I'd done pretty much independent film up until this and I arrived in Sydney and had fresh flowers in my dressing room twice a week, which was purely requested by Baz, so it had that old Hollywood feel from the start.

"And the scale of it was enormous and the detail within that was impeccable. The wallpaper was hand-painted.

"When I waked into a party scene, there were 400 people dressed in Twenties clothing going crazy and a real swimming pool. That's just something I've never seen before."

She admitted that raucous parties aren't her thing in real life: "I'm much more tame than that. I don't think I would last one day in the 1920s if I went to a party like Gatsby's."