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" As I'm getting older, I feel like maybe I need to grow up a bit. "
" I'm interested in what stops people getting what they want. "
" What your insides are doing, your outside reflects, and what you give to yourself, you can give to others. "
" You should choose who you love. "
" I always go for the underdog or the rogue or the rebel. "
" I always look at actresses who I most respect, and they make me think that you can make a choice in life. It's whether or not you choose to go down the route of publicising your personal life. I choose not to. "
" I don't see the point of grumpy people. "
" I love the Sixties and all those iconic women, Bridget Bardot and things like that, so I tend to lean towards those sorts of things. "
" I've been really lucky to work with a lot of theater directors in the film, like Stephen Daldry on 'The Crown' and Richard Eyre on 'The Dresser.' "
" It's quite rare that you find something that you can quite literally have an absolute ball doing, as well as the tough stuff and the difficult stuff and the pain. "
" Peter Morgan's writing is so much about what you don't say: you're saying one thing but there's 10 other things going on, and those are the best writers like Chekhov... they're masters at a sort of naturalism, and yet there is all the subtext. "
" Growing up, the image I had of Princess Margaret was completely different. I knew that she was a slightly tragic figure, but I didn't know why. Now, I love her with my all my heart. She was such an amazing person, and getting to 'know' her better was an honor. "
" To play anybody real and famous is very scary. "
" Just simple things - I like black and white, monochrome; I like suits. "
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" When I first started doing screen work, I thought, 'I'm not beautiful enough for this profession - all the actresses I watch on screen are gorgeous and beautiful goddesses, but I'm just a scrawny, scruffy girl from southwest London.' "
" I doubt myself a lot but go forward at full throttle anyway. "
" My favourite thing is cooking for my friends. There are 13 of us who all met at university. They come round once a week, and I make a huge lasagne. "
" I wanted to do theatre - it has always been my thing. "
" I've been told that I have no filter. "
" You are what you think. I really believe that. And I don't think you ever stop doubting yourself. "
" I think my natural home was always the stage. "
" Some of my favourite characters have been people like Masha in 'Three Sisters' and Elena in 'Uncle Vanya.' "
" My characters are always unlucky in love. It's annoying, but perhaps there is something in me that is suited to characters that have a darkness. Maybe it's why I play such damaged people when I'm not particularly damaged myself, I would say. "
" Love whoever you want to love. "
" My hair has been so wrecked over the years by various things. "