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" My parents used to call me 'The Little Frog,' because whenever they asked how I knew something, I'd say 'read it,' which sounds a bit like a frog croak. "
" I don't drink tea or coffee. I'm like a child: I like fruit juices and sodas and creamy hot chocolate. "
" Men are visual creatures. "
" I didn't intend to be an actress. It was one of many things I was interested in, and it just took off. I was an actress between the ages of 18 and 22, and it was a wonderful, fun thing to do, but it wasn't what I intended long term. I parked acting a long time ago. "
" As a child, I loved story books and wanted to be in them so desperately and live the stories. "
" I fantasised about becoming an author and wrote my first book at 18 - an introspective novel set in the 1920s. "
" I used to ride horses when I was younger. Ponies were my life. I miss being fearless. "
" I went to quite an academic school, and all my friends were going to university, but even before my acting jobs, I didn't want to do that. I didn't want to spend another three years being institutionalised, and I feel that getting out of that system benefited me in quite a few ways. "
" I've been an actress for years, and I've worked with one female director. Statistically it's less than 7% or 12% - I mean, it's low, not representative. So, hopefully, more women will be given opportunities to direct, or create opportunities to direct themselves. "
" Marriage is a social construct, but I still believe in it. "
" Ideally, I would like to play roles in as many classics as possible: 'Rebecca,' 'Hedda Gabler.' I'm fond of a corset. "
" 'Westworld' is going to be incredible, and the production line is amazing. That was really nice because Lisa Nolan, who is in charge there, is fabulous and is a great example of a woman doing that role. So that was great, and she's amazing - an incredible writer and fantastic to work with. "
" I have a checklist of things I'd like to do in movies. One of them is get possessed. Die on a deathbed with a ghostly pallor - that's on my list. "
" I have an existential crisis every time I walk into a bookshop, knowing that I'm not going to read all the books before I die. "
" The writers who inspire me most are all women: Enid Blyton, Agatha Christie, Margaret Mitchell and Emily and Charlotte Bronte. As for contemporary novels, one of my favourites is 'Everyone Brave is Forgiven' by Chris Cleave. It's the sort of book to read if you've fallen out of love with reading - it reminds you just how brilliant novels can be. "
" I'm terribly, horribly shy. "
" I'm a big reader, so when I was in 'Pride and Prejudice,' or, like, in Poirots and Marples, those are all books that I loved, and so it was really exciting for me to inhabit characters from literature that I knew and recognized. "
" Yoga is the one L.A. thing I actually like. "
" I'm terrified I'm about to die, or that all the people I love are about to die, every second of every day. "
" I was a real daydreamer at school, gazing out of the window and losing myself in imaginary worlds. "
" When I was a little girl, I told everyone I was going to marry a very clever scientist and have ten children. I would always draw the children, and they included blond-haired twin boys whom I named Theodore and Frederick: Teddy and Freddy for short. "
" I believe in honesty and integrity, having a belief system that you've thought through and then stick to. I believe in being creative and contributing, and I believe in taking a stand against injustice that you encounter in everyday life and not being idle in that respect. "
" I would literally do anything for Richard Curtis. Anything. "
" The things I wanted to do from a very early age - ie. get married and have children - precluded a lot of guys my own age from wanting to have anything to do with me. "
" There's a real power in heels and a good dress. "
" Dark matter is interesting. Basically, the universe is heavier than it should be. There's whole swathes of stuff we can't account for. "
" I think I was a pretty normal student; I just followed most of my friends. "
" 'St. Trinian's' is probably taking it to the extreme, but in essence it's saying, 'If you be yourself, you can do whatever you want,' and it's sort of a fun message. "
" My dad is Scottish, and he read in the newspaper about the plight of the Scottish Freshwater Mussel, which is a real thing - like, a very real, serious conservation issue. And he's a writer, and he was going to do a film about a Glaswegian gangster, and then I stole the idea and turned it into a romantic comedy. "
" Initially, I studied philosophy, because it claimed to give you answers to the meaning of existence, but it didn't: It was basically a semantics game. "
" I'm not some sort of tormented soul looking for an identity in the roles I take. I became an actress because I just love dressing up and playing. "