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I had two family members involved in World War I: two great-uncles. One of them is on a memorial in France. And the other was a trench runner who survived the war. The average life span of a trench runner was 36 hours, but he survived the whole war.
We live in a youth-obsessed, aesthetically obsessed culture. That is no more evident than in the film industry.
Actually what I'd like is to have a reputation as someone who's been wild and gone straight, but without having to go through the trouble of being bad.
I think every film actor secretly wants to be a rock star as well; just that part of the job which requires the extrovert in you. Even if you've become an actor because it's your way of hiding in plain sight, there's still part of you which has that craving.
I don't believe in that kind of pragmatic career ladder stuff.
I would like to work with whoever would like to have me.
I often talk with other actors about that time when you've just finished a job, because I think you do take on the characteristics of some of the characters you play. Sometimes it can be a great thing and sometimes it's a bit haunting because you're not quite sure how to leave it on set. My dad talks about it as being 'de-personalised.'
You still get these waves of doubt that come over you, for example, when you get a bad review or you accept a part and think, 'Oh, God, what have I just accepted? I can't do that.' I don't think that's something that will ever go away in me.
I think escapism is very important, certainly in my life. I love nothing more than escaping into the world of a film or a novel. To be involved in creating that for other people is a privilege.
I was heavily into sport from 10 to 15, I was in all the teams, and it was everything to me. But I was very young for my school year and when puberty kicked in for my classmates I got left behind.
My mum was raised Jewish, my dad is very scientifically minded, and my school was vaguely Christian. We sang hymns in school. I liked the hymns bit, but apart from that, I can take it or leave it. So I had lots of different influences when I was younger.
I went to a very academically competitive high school. So I was always quite studious and quiet, just to keep up with the other geniuses who were in my school.
Half my fan mail comes from Japan.
I love music, and I love singing.
I only remember the end of my dreams, like waking up at a steering wheel, or falling.
I swim a lot. I swim most days.
I want to take advantage of any popularity I have.
I'm not really an animal person.
My dad is a doctor, a professor of psychiatry, and my mum is a psychotherapist.
Never agree to say or do anything that isn't you.
No one wants to be with a girl that your mother would pick for you.
Sword fighting is just as fun as it looks on the screen.
When I finished school, everyone wanted to go to a good university and become a lawyer or a doctor. My A-levels were sort of chosen for me.
I didn't have any pets growing up.
I am comfortable playing the fool, I think.
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