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God, my brain really goes to mush when I’m pregnant.
– Kate Winslet
I think there’s a lot of pressure on young people to really be the thing that everyone is telling them that they are, opposed to discovering it for themselves.
I am insecure. If you ask me, everybody is.
There’s more to life than cheek bones.
I’m often drawn to characters that are more obviously one thing. They’re passionate, and there is always an element of strength because I think every person possesses that in some way, even if they’ve experienced hardship in their lives.
Every woman has a mother, and every woman will have an issue with that mother and things that mother did or didn’t do. It just depends on how you choose to process the lessons that you learned from your own mother.
At school I used to avoid dance lessons. They were the worst.
There’s a lot of judgement that can come from outside sometimes, and there’s media scrutiny that is placed on a lot of women in the public eye, and I just couldn’t care less. I really couldn’t care less.
Acting, and the privilege of being able to do it for a living, is so important to me. I don’t turn up and just hope for the best. I really fret about it. I do my homework; I prepare myself for the experience of playing a particular character.
I was living in my lovely little two-bedroom flat in north London… and suddenly, I couldn’t just walk down the street and buy a pint of milk.
I have always lived an ordinary life, and always will. It’s who and what has to do with my job that makes it ‘unordinary.’ I cook, go to the supermarket, pick my children up at school.
To back away from fear is the worst thing you can do. Fear shows.
I’d never want to do something just for the show of it.
Look, I’m not a blockbuster star.
I was a wayward child, very passionate and very determined. If I made up my mind to do something, there was no stopping me.
I was the kid who never won the races. I never jumped the highest. I wasn’t on the list of the high-achieving.
Ah, my dad’s whistle. On holidays when I was a kid, we would all be off in the rock pools along the beach. When it came time to go, we’d hear the whistle and we’d all come running. Like dogs!
The whole concept of ‘grounding’ children is utterly stupid – they just go off and rebel and don’t like you. When my kids eventually come along, I don’t want them to not like me.
In films I might look glamorous, but I’ve been in hair and make-up for two hours.
It’s important that period films aren’t seen as just a lovely visual exercise.
‘The Reader’ is about a young man’s experience of falling in love with somebody who, it turns out, made some choices that were unavoidable in her life that resulted in horrific crimes against humanity.
I wanted to play incredibly challenging, multifaceted characters. Because we are all a puzzle.
A lot of the girls were awful, very catty. It was a competitive environment that I didn’t like. You have no idea of the anorexia I saw around me.
Anyone who’s been through divorce will know that every day is really hard.
I’ve decided I am going to start loving my backside because I don’t know anyone who does that.
I’ve never really been a girly-girl.
I think I’m developing a kind of subconscious loathing of the word ‘franchise.’ I just think of something that’s packaged, something you can buy on a shelf and is immediately disposable. I don’t know. It’s a really weird word for me.
The experience of making a movie is far removed from watching the end result. It’s exciting, but it still makes me squirm.
Jane Campion is a tough director.
I don’t have those great, strong, glowing pregnancies.