Suffragette is the rarest of birds: a film written, directed, and produced by women — oh, and it even revolves around women’s issues to boot. But Carey Mulligan, who stars as working class laundress-turned-activist Maud Watts, finds it kind of ridiculous that the historical drama is so unique. During an event at the Plaza Athénée this week, she shared this anecdote: “I’ve said in rooms in L.A. over the last couple of weeks, ‘This film’s directed by a woman,’ and people have cheered…and I thought, Really? But I suppose that is cheer-worthy now, and I hope that it weirdly becomes less cheer-worthy and more the norm." I interviewed her about Suffragette — which, btw, every woman (and man!) should see — and that pesky little pay-gap issue for Vulture.