Carey Mulligan Recalls Awkward Medical Appointments Thanks to Makeup Maestro

Carey Mulligan details how convincing her makeup on Maestro was for scenes that required her to look older.

The Saltburn star was a guest on Friday’s edition of The Graham Norton Show alongside his co-star and director Bradley Cooper.

Speaking to the host about the Leonard Bernstein biopic, which is now streaming on Netflix, Brad explained: “I had to be from 24 to 67 during filming. Her makeup is amazing.

“It was also interesting that in the younger Lenny shooting days, I was popping up all over the set and when I was the older Lenny, we had much slower days.”

Carey later revealed that during filming she fell “very ill”, and was visited by medics on set.

“When I told him I was 12 weeks pregnant, he wasn’t at all convinced,” she recalled. “I then realized that I was still dressed up to look 57 years old.

“I can’t wait to tell the makeup artists how good they are.”

The main character Maestro is made to look older in several scenes of the filmThe main character Maestro is made to look older in several scenes of the film

Carey also recalled her “dramatic” first meeting with Bradley, when he came to visit her behind the scenes of a play in which she was starring.

“During the show, there was a set that hit me over the head, I kept going, but when the show was over, I started crying and thought I was dead,” he admitted.

“I was sobbing on the floor when Bradley turned up and, realizing I wasn’t OK, he took me to hospital. You can imagine how happy the nurse was!”

Carey Mulligan and Bradley Cooper play Felicia Montealegre and Leonard BernsteinCarey Mulligan and Bradley Cooper play Felicia Montealegre and Leonard Bernstein

Maestro received mostly positive reviews upon its release last month, and has since picked up an impressive seven Oscar nominations, including acting nods for its lead and – perhaps unsurprisingly considering Carey’s story – recognition in the Best Makeup and Hairstyling categories.

Leading up to the film’s release, there was some controversy regarding the fake nose worn by Bradley, which some critics felt played into an anti-Semitic trope.

He was later defended by the Anti-Defamation League, as well as the estate of Leonard Bernstein.

The Graham Norton Show airs on Friday nights at 10.50pm on BBC One.

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