Now, since Mulligan had no place other than Shia's to crash in LA -- her home base is England -- she is shacked up in a budget Best Western hotel while filming her latest flick Drive.
"I was stunned when I saw Carey walking across the lobby," a hotel employee told MailOnline. "You would expect her to stay at the Four Seasons, not here. She is very easy-going. She hasn't made any special requests and doesn't ask to be treated any differently. She keeps herself to herself and seems quite happy here."
"She doesn't have a lot of things and lives out of a suitcase," said a pal. "She doesn't have too many friends in LA -- her closest friends are her publicists."
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