There's always going to be a separate version of you that people will create, and you have no control over it.
I always look for contradiction in a character.
I'm not consciously avoiding doing a lot of period drama, but I don't really seek it out either.
One aspect of my mum's personality that has influenced me is her love of Hollywood and the golden era of black-and-white films.
One of the great things about the 'Iron Man' franchise is that they employ fascinating actors who don't necessarily do action movies. Before 'Iron Man' you didn't associate Robert Downey, Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow with those kinds of films. There's an emphasis on repartee and wit.
There are people all over the world who like to write fan letters in the voice of their pet: 'Hello, my name is Fifi and I'm a labrador and I think you're great. Paw paw!'
If you act scared, your body produces adrenaline.
I think acting can be very frustrating, and there's no experience that doesn't make you a better actor.
I can't remember a time when I didn't want to be an actor. It has just always been an inevitability on some level.
I've played an awful lot of repressed people.
Lentil dhal is the only thing I can cook.
I think for a long time it seemed like working in an art form and being a feminist meant portraying women in a perfect, angelic light. And there's nothing feminist about that.
I used to have the most visceral response to having my photo taken. I felt like instantly bursting into tears and running out of the room. I hated all the attention, which is such a stupid thing for an actor to say.
I quite enjoy cooking but I'm not consistent. I can't follow the recipe book. If something goes well, I'll never make it again, which is completely stupid. It's a one-shot kind of deal.
If pressed, I would say I feel British. It's where I grew up and where I choose to live, the culture that I love, but I feel perfectly at home in America, I don't feel like a tourist or anything.
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