Carey Mulligan Talks FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD and Why It Isn’t a Typical Costume Drama

     May 1, 2015


I’m not big on period piece dramas so wasn’t particularly thrilled about seeing Far from the Madding Crowd, but much to my surprise, the film has an especially engaging, grounded quality to it that makes the scenario feel relatable and even somewhat modern. Carey Mulligan leads as Bathsheba Everdene. At the start of the film, she’s focused on flying solo and being the only successful female farm owner in the area. However, when she attracts the attention of three very different suitors, Bathsheba can’t help but to reassess her priorities and finally consider marriage.

While in New York City promoting Far from the Madding Crowd’s May 1st limited release, I got the chance to sit down with Mulligan to talk about her experience making the movie. She discussed working with such rich source material, what makes Bathsheba’s story so accessible to a modern audience, the highs and lows of working with animals, and more. You can check it all out in the video interview below.

Carey Mulligan:

  • Mulligan makes a modern day online dating profile for Bathsheba.
  • Why Bathsheba’s story is so accessible to a modern audience.
  • Her beautiful but farm-appropriate costumes.
  • The highs and lows of working with animals.
  • On shooting the entire film on location.
  • What made Far from the Madding Crowd a standout compared to the other classic book-to-film adaptations she’s worked on.
  • On working with such rich source material.


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