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Carey: Leo audition was a thrill

Carey Mulligan has confessed she couldn't stop smiling after auditioning with Hollywood heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio for The Great Gatsby.

But while the An Education actress was excited about working with Leo, she admitted to Harper's Bazaar magazine he had never been her pin-up - as she had a crush on race car driver Michael Schumacher.

Carey revealed: "Well, he [Leonardo DiCaprio] wasn't my pin-up, but he was for a lot of my girlfriends. Michael Schumacher was my pin-up. I used to watch Formula 1 with my dad when I was little.

"When I did the audition for the role of Daisy in The Great Gatsby with Leo in New York I walked away grinning. Just the idea that if I never got any further, I had just spent an hour and a half acting with Leonardo DiCaprio."

The 27-year-old actress plays love interest Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's new film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, based on the classic novel by F Scott Fitzgerald.

She revealed how she did lots of research on Fitzgerald's wife and his muse Ginerva King.

Carey explained: "Daisy was difficult to work out, but so fun to play... Baz also gave me about seven biographies of Zelda and a stack of love letters from Ginerva. You can so easily see where Fitzgerald has taken Daisy from. Just the way Zelda and Ginerva wrote - there were lines we stole for the script."

::Carey Mulligan's full interview appears in the June issue of Harper's Bazaar, out now.

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