In the 2015 film version of Thomas Hardy's drama, "Far From the Madding Crowd," Carey Mulligan starred as Bathsheba Everdene, an independent woman who inherits her uncle's farm, and finds herself the object of both gender discrimination and romantic interest.
Mulligan told CBS News' Ben Tracy that it's no coincidence her desire to play strong female characters has led to many film projects adapted from classic works of literature.
"I think it's improving, but largely, roles for women just aren't that interesting," she said. "The new writing is often, you know, very two-dimensional depictions of women. And to find those, you have to go into literature and to novels [with] very full-body depictions of women, or in great classic literature where you find some really brilliant heroines."