A kiss from Carey Mulligan landed her Great Gatsby role

Apr 29, 2013 at 9:55 p.m. ET

Carey Mulligan has worked with some huge stars, but she recently found out one thing separated her from the pack when auditioning for the role of a lifetime.

Carey Mulligan

Carey Mulligan’s kissing skills with one of the world’s most eligible bachelors were apparently good enough to land her one of this year’s most coveted roles.

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Mulligan plays the part of Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. The actress told Access Hollywood that one specific part of her audition is what landed her the role.

"I was terrified of reading with him," she said. "But it said in the script that Daisy kisses Gatsby, so I asked if I should, and Baz said, 'Yes,' so I kissed him."

Mulligan continued by saying that when she got the call she had won the role, she was overjoyed.

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"Lots of tears, lots of tears. I thanked [Baz] for about 10 minutes," she told Access Hollywood. "I wouldn't let him talk. I just kept saying, 'Thank you.' And cried, a lot!"

Other big name actresses were also up for the role, including Blake Lively, Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams. But for Mulligan, who has already been in blockbuster hits, working with DiCaprio was a dream.

"I've always admired him so much and always loved his work so much,” she said. “I had no idea what kind of actor he would be. It turned out that he was just really a hard worker and really generous to everyone else. He sort of wants everyone to be as good as they can be. In the audition, he started improvising off-camera, as Gatsby, just to help me give a better audition. That's how kind and generous he is. He did that the whole way through the film. "

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Mulligan said she has seen the film but made sure she watched the entire thing by herself.

"I went with my friends, and I made them sit in other rows away from me, and I sat in the corner and had my leg in front of my face," she told Access Hollywood. "I hid. But I was able to watch the film as a whole, and I was able to see the performances that I never got to see when I was filming."

The Great Gatsby opens in theaters May 10.

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