On Wednesday (Dec. 16), the actress appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to promote her upcoming film Promising Young Woman, and regaled the host with a story of doing, well, that very thing.
“Is it true that you…do the delivery of Christmas gifts yourself?” Jimmy Kimmel asked the star to help segue into her hilarious story.
“Yes, so I was bringing, like, a very big suitcase full of presents, and it was one of those kid-free moments where I had, like, a latte and I was listening to music,” Mulligan said. “I was listening to Taylor Swift and I was like, ”Tis the damn season,’ and I was so in my little zone. And then, like a very conscientious person, I realized I should sanitize because…COVID.
“And so I sort of reached into my pocket to get the sanitizer out,” she continued. “And as I was sanitizing my hand, I saw this sort of motion out the corner of my eye, and then turned — with music still blaring — to see my suitcase in the middle of the train tracks…And then my coffee was down there as well! For somehow in my panic, I had sort of thrown my coffee. And one of my ear pods also got caught up in the whole. So my coffee, my ear pod, my suitcase — it’s all down there on the train track.”
After realizing that she couldn’t simply go down onto the tracks to retrieve her suitcase, Mulligan eventually got help from the station manager and a crew of seven workers, delaying the train and annoying all the other people waiting for it in the process.
Coincidentally, the actress happens to be married to Mumford & Sons frontman Marcus Mumford, who provided backing vocals for Swift on Evermore album cut “Cowboy Like Me.”
Watch Mulligan’s full story of Christmas panic set to “‘Tis the Damn Season” below.