A Cut Above

It’s fairly common for actors to express thanks to journalists who’ve said kind and supportive things about their work. It’s probably been happening since the days of Aeschylus and Euripides. How is their gratitude usually conveyed? At Oscar-season parties, mostly. Or an actor’s publicist will pass along a “much appreciated” in an e-mail. But in this day and age with everyone texting and twittering and never stopping to take a breath, it’s just about unheard of for an actor (and especially a very young actor) to mail a personal note. Is sharing this a breach of trust? All I know is that I was moved, and I want to say thanks back in a just-as-open-hearted way. This lady is all about class.

  • drturing

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  • loyal

    I wonder if she’ll storm out after losing Best Actress at the Oscars next year.

  • Jeffrey Wells

    Wells to loyal: That’s a fairly lame thing to say, bringing up Eddie Murphy and all. Are you this tactful in all your dealings? I feel like an idiot asking you this question because I’m 95% convinced that I already know the answer, but have you seen the film?

  • Phatang!

    She was fantastic in that Gillian Anderson version of BLEAKHOUSE from a few years ago. Rarely do I notice an actress like that–I even checked up on her a couple of times on IMDB–and didn’t understand why she wasn’t the lead (who was poorly cast). So I fully believe the hype here. The camera loves this girl.

  • Circumvrent

    That is pretty classy. She’ll be somebody to watch, I’m sure.

  • MindlessObamaton

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  • Markj74

    Nice to see Carey Mulligan doing so well, she is an extremely gifted actress.

  • Chris Willman

    I’ve been doing entertainment journalism and criticism full-time for 25 years and can name on one hand the people I’ve gotten thank-you notes from: Florence Henderson, Penelope Spheeris, Ashley Judd, and Joni Mitchell. Oh, and a thank-you answering machine message from Adam Sandler. How’s that for strange, or strangely polite, bedfellows? The most recent of these, I should add, was about 15 years ago, so I think Jeff is right that it’s a bygone custom, to the extent it ever really existed.

  • http://reno-rambler.blogspot.com renorambler

    It was Jeff’s love for this film that reminded me to check out Bleak House which was buried in my netflix cue. BH and Mulligan are definitely worth seeing. Mulligan’s part is not one of the leads but she does about everything possible with it. Very memorable. I really look forward to seeing An Education and other upcoming work.

    This kind of thing is precisely why I check out HE regularly.

  • Josh Massey

    Anybody else ever put on John Woo’s Christmas card list? I got them for a few years after our Face/Off interview.

  • Jeffrey Wells

    Not to mention Jerry Bruckheimer‘s Xmas wreaths, which I’ve been happily receiving for many years now. But holiday mailings and personal hand-written snail-mail notes are, of course, different deals.

  • http://www.ioncinema.com Eric Lavallee

    One of the better perfs out of Sundance for certain, but I was wondering if you saw her in The Greatest before An Education? Feste’s screenplay often abandons Mulligan’s character, and rather than use her as a catalyst for a treasure trove of emotions, she becomes a look what the postman brought us today type. It wa a poor way for her to manifest her skill set and then you see her in An Education and then you forget that you just saw a bad copy of Ordinary People. And is it just me- or is not a spitting image of Katie Holmes? (Facial features, not talent).

  • Momus

    In qll honesty, the whole cast for BLEAK HOUSE was perfect. Gillian Anderson and Charles Dance totally owned, The lead, Anna Maxwell Martin, was awesome, too. Carey Mulligan initially didn’t impress me that much, but had much better material to work with in the last few episodes of the glorious miniseries.

  • mrNo

    I think in this day and age of people who can’t spell and morons who abuse the English language like some Thailand whore it’s refreshing to see someone take a minute and do the right thing.

  • markj

    Nice to see Carey Mulligan doing so well, she is an extremely gifted actress.

  • http://www.TheHollywoodInterview.com TerryKeefe

    I’ve been interviewing celebrities regularly for close to a decade. The only ones who have sent me thank-you notes:

    Anjelica Huston

    Benjamin McKenzie

    Nick Stahl

    Blair Underwood

    Anne Reid (lead of The Mother)

    It’s rare and stands out as a class act when it does happen.

  • Imogen

    Carey Mulligan is a wonderful actress (and An Education is a wonderful picture) and a very nice person so this act does not surprise me in the least.

  • BurmaShave

    She’s so classy to do this, and there’s a real sweetness to it. I’ve not seen AN EDUCATION but I really look forward to it, and to the success of a person such as this.

    I must also say Wells I really enjoy your night of the long knives in here with these cretins. No mercy!

  • Jeffrey Wells

    Wells to Imogen: “This act” doesn’t surprise you? Oh…I see, you mean “act” as in “class act.” Sorry. I reacted too quickly.

  • AndrewOwens

    Whoa, whoa! “This act” is not offensive in any way. As in “this act of kindness…” not “Carey Mulligan is acting cynically…”. Imogen’s post was very pleasant, I thought.

    Anyway I’ve been raving to anyone who will listen about Carey Mulligan since “Bleak House” so I’m hoping 2009 will be as great for her as it’s looking to be.

    (And Phatang!, the lead of BH was not poorly cast, she (Anna Maxwell Smith) was perfect in a very difficult role.)

  • NotImpressed1Yet

    Wells’ response to Imogen here is flat out bizarre and makes no sense.

  • Noiresque

    Jeff, some basic reading comprehension skills should be applied to Imogen’s post. She described CM as a “very nice person”, so “this act” clearly refers to the “act” of sending you a personal thank you note. Something that one may expect a “very nice person” to do. How you could interpret the phrase as to infer an “act” of insincerity and/or pandering to the press part baffles me.

    Anyhow, I adore Carey Mulligan. Apart from BLEAK HOUSE, everyone should check her out in the 2007 adaptation of NORTHANGER ABBEY in which she plays a Jane Austen vamp, and an Agatha Christie adaptation of THE SITTAFORD MYSTERY, in which she is wooed by no less than Timothy Dalton. She’s the real deal, and I hope she gets the career breaks that Romola Garai and Nathalie Press can’t seem to manage.

  • Phatang!

    No, Andrew. She was dour and self-pitying. She’s supposed to be repressed, but charismatic. Everyone in the novel loves Esther–this Esther was a drag to be around. Also, I thought Jarndyce was way off. Too sensitive, not alpha enough. The whole production I found to be grim–more like what you expect from the title “Bleak House” than what the wonderful novel actually is.

  • Griff

    Her note was a class act, something we see far too little of these days. Perhaps there’s a class act revival going on: Ashton Kutcher, who has made no secret of his politics, today penned an appreciation of the late Paul Harvey, a fairly staunch conservative Republican.

  • BurmaShave

    I’m an agnostic, so I’m a bit rusty on my Revelations, but I believe a thoughtful Ashton Kutcher essay on Paul Harvey means we should all be worried.

  • me,claudius

    I’ve received a few personal emails from interview subjects over the years but my highest honor has been receiving yearly demented Christmas cards from John Waters.

  • alan

    Jeff receives a lovely thank-you note and MiindlessObamaton is banned. Today, everyone at Hollywood Elsewhere wins!

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