Although she's been working steadily since 2005, given the deluge of acclaim and recognition she received last year for An Education, it's hard not to think of Carey Mulligan as an overnight success. Because of the opportunities presented by that newfound visibility, and of course her well-established talent, Mulligan is still mulling her next moves, but in the meantime she's currently appearing in projects both great and small: this summer she'll appear in Oliver Stone's follow-up to Wall Street, entitled Money Never Sleeps, but more immediately she appears in The Greatest, a drama co-starring Pierce Brosnan and Susan Sarandon in which she plays the pregnant girlfriend of a boy who dies in an automobile accident.

Cinematical recently sat down with Mulligan at the Los Angeles press day for The Greatest, where she contemplated the prospect of being a star as opposed to what she currently is – an extremely talented actress. In addition to talking about diving into the film's on-screen dysfunction, Mulligan revealed a few details about her own process as an actress, and ruminated on the challenges and opportunities afforded her by An Education's critical and commercial reception.