Carey Mulligan hosted “Saturday Night Live” for the first time this weekend. Or was that Michelle Williams?
The Oscar-nominated “Promising Young Woman” star kicked off her monologue joking how people often confuse her for the “Manchester by the Sea” actress.
“People in America are always saying nice things to me like, ‘I loved you in “Brokeback Mountain”‘ and ‘You’re amazing in “Fosse/Verdon,”‘” Mulligan said. “I used to say, ‘Oh, sorry, that’s Michelle Williams’ but now I just say, ‘Thank you. I’m Michelle Williams.'”
The British actress spoke about quarantining in the English countryside with her husband, Mumford & Sons frontman Marcus Mumford, and their two young kids, Evelyn, 6, and Wilfred, 3. She described channeling “all that dramatic energy” into her children’s bedtime stories during lockdown, joking, “Lots of recently divorced dragons and unicorns with secret pill habits. So I’m excited to be here tonight to let some of that energy out.”
Mumford, who has appeared on “SNL” as musical guest three times, popped up in the audience section at Studio 8H mid-monologue.
“What a surprise,” Mulligan said. “Hello, lovely to see you. Where are the kids?”
“I left them with the Sons,” Mumford responded. “Couldn’t miss this for the world. You’re gonna smash it, really. ‘SNL,’ this is amazing. Just be sure to soak it in because after it’s over you’re gonna think about it all the time. Like, all the time.”
He then asked, “Do you know if they booked a musical guest for tonight? If they end up needing anyone I’m happy to do it. Really, I have my guitar.”
Mumford then sweetly played Mulligan out as “SNL” went to commercial break. The couple married in 2012.
At home, “I’m in charge of music most of the time,” Mulligan told USA TODAY last December. “But I don’t have a sort of highbrow taste in music at all, much to everyone else’s disappointment.”
Contributing: Andrea Mandell