I care so much less, now, about going up the ladder; if I cared about the ladder I would be doing it all very wrong.
You grow up by making mistakes. I've made a ton of them, but as long as I keep on failing better, I don't mind.
I think work really is a life saver, because it carries you forward, which is good.
Seize the day. Well, I aspire to that anyway.
When I very first started out, I had that arrogance of youth.
Everyone knows in the industry that when these great roles come up, every two years, there's a huge number of people up for them. I'm not one of those top five females that can personally finance any film.
The early part of my career I really struggled, getting turned down again and again. I was in debt, and it was horrible. And then my family hit such highs in their careers, I asked myself what I was thinking going into the same profession.
I live quite an unsettled life.
My mother, for the last 20 years anyway, would not call herself a Marxist but a human rights activist.
And whatever my weight, I've always been skinny from the waist up.
So often people say something and you realise you haven't really heard it.
So finally, I can feel a sort of pride in all my family - Mum, Lynn, Corin, Tasha, my cousin Gemma - because, I think how wonderful that this troop of gypsies can carry on telling stories.
The highest pay cheque my mother ever received funded the building of a nursery school in Shepherd's Bush - the school cost well over three times the money she donated to the making of the film 'The Palestinian.' Unsurprisingly this always goes unmentioned in the press.
There's still a bit of a problem, in that so many leading English roles are taken by American or French actresses.
To newspapers and publishing houses I urge the use of fact over fiction, freedom of the press, and responsibility at all times.
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