AceShowbiz - Motherhood has brought British actress Carey Mulligan a new freedom from the critics.
The "Suffragette" star, who shares Evelyn, four, and Wilfred, two, with singer/songwriter husband Marcus Mumford, admits her kids have given her a new life balance - and her celebrity existence is no longer all that important.
In a new interview with America's InStyle magazine, Mulligan shares, "I have the best job in the world, but I've learned that it isn't the be-all and end-all. As someone who finds the public side of this quite intimidating, having a family has made me feel that if I wear a dress that people hate, or if I say something stupid, or if people don't like a film I've been in, it doesn't matter as much as it used to. It's freeing, in a way."
But reflecting on her career, Carey reveals she gets "whiplash" thinking about what she has achieved because she never expected to become famous.
"My dream was to be a working actress, but my expectation was, 'Maybe I'll be in (British TV shows) 'Casualty' or 'The Bill'," she says. "And then suddenly I got really lucky and just kept it up..."
"As an actor, you're always trying to prove that you can do different things. I have a fear of recognition and celebrity, though, so I don't have ambition to be well known. But I want to be really good at my job. I always want the next thing I do to be more nuanced, more interesting, more complicated."