Carey is featured in this year’s annual Actress Roundable for The Hollywood Reporter, where she met with 7 other actresses: Kate Winslet, Jane Fonda, Brie Larson, Helen Mirren, Charlotte Rampling, Cate Blanchett and Jennifer Lawrence. They spoke about pay gap, sex scenes and the price of speaking frankly, among other subjects. Check out the photoshoot in our gallery, as well as part of the interview below:
Are you ever afraid of acting?
All the time. (Laughter.)
Is it hard to find good roles?
People always say, “You played such a strong character.” I remember someone said that to me when I played a role in Shame, and she was a suicidal mess. I said, “She’s not strong at all; she’s incredibly weak.” But “strong” to people means “real.” It means you believe that’s a person who exists, as opposed to some two-dimensional depiction of women.
How do you prepare for that? (For a sex scene)
There’s always the things that you think are going to be tough. I’ve been nude once, and I was like, “Oh, that’s going to be a nightmare,” and actually that was fine. It’s kind of, “F— it, now I’m naked and everyone else isn’t. This is hilarious.” But [the toughest part of acting] is never a single thing. It’s more like a whole character. I find film really difficult — trying to make it feel like a consistent character when you’re filming everything out of order.
You had one scene with Meryl Streep in Suffragette. What did you talk about off-camera?
They didn’t have any shoes in her size. So she brought her Out of Africa shoes, so we were drilling her [about that].
Do you like to watch your own work?
I can’t watch anything. Nothing.
Is there any great actress you’ve learned from or wish you had worked with?
Marion Cotillard. But I also feel like I don’t want to be on the same screen as her because you would see through whatever I was doing.
Read the whole interview here.