Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley | Never Let Me Go premiere

Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley | Never Let Me Go premiere


Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley

Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley



With Keira Knightley, Andrew Garfield and Carey Mulligan cast as the leads, Never Let Me Go is brimming with the hottest in British talent right now, so add to that a script adapted from Kazuo Ishiguro's critically-acclaimed novel, and you've got a sure-fire hit.

Find out what Keira had to say about tapping into her sinister side in the dark yet touching Brit-film, plus being re-united with Pride and Prejudice co-star Carey Mulligan, and how she bonded with Andrew Garfield over Scrabble...

What attracted you to your part in Never Let Me Go?

I was reading a lot of stuff and I didn’t necessarily like the leads and I thought that the supporting roles were often very interesting. I read this script and thought: I’d like to play this role because I find it really interesting and I’d like to know what makes this person tick.

What was it like playing your character Ruth?

She’s manipulative, she does horrendous things, I don’t like her, I don’t think I’d like her if I met her and yet I want to understand this. I think one of the wonderful things about being an actress is trying to get into the head of somebody else's motives. I thought it would be an interesting journey to go on with her.


Were you a fan of Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel before you read the script?

No. But so many friends of mine were huge fans of the book. It’s a terrifying book, but it’s quite interesting coming to it just reading the script because I had no idea what it was when it landed on my door. It’s very unique.

How would you describe the film?

Kazuo Ishiguro said an interesting thing to all of us, that actually it was about aging, which is very strange given it’s a group of people that all die by the time they’re 30 at the very latest. But he said it was an analogy for the life span, that they go through all the processes that we do in our lives, youth and middle age and old age, and yet it’s all condensed. But, I suppose it’s about a group of friends and the machinations of those friendships.

You and Carey have been friends since you worked on Pride and Prejudice, how was it being re-united on set?

You rarely get opportunities to work with your friends and it’s amazing, and particularly for actors because it’s a very strange thing to do with your life. I have a six-year friendship with Carey and we know each other very well, and we could almost bring our friendship and our own relationship into the dynamic between these two characters.

How was working with Andrew Garfield?

He’s hilarious and lovely and incredibly talented and I think we all got a big kick out of working together. We had a laugh and played Scrabble together. It was a very, very happy set and they’re not always, and particularly, I think with young actors, they can get very boisterous, and it was really nice that it was a very supportive atmosphere.

Did you enjoy working with the actors who played your younger selves?

They were all great. Carey and Andrew went onto set and helped them out after filming, which I couldn’t do because I went straight off to do another film, so Ella (Purnell - who plays the young Ruth) did it entirely on her own. But it was great having them in the rehearsal rooms because we're playing one person and you have to keep that kind of continuity going.

Never Let Me Go is out on 11 February