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  1. I can’t imagine it if beauty was the only currency I used as an actress. It just doesn’t interest me.
  2. The main reason I did ‘Captain America’ was because I wanted to get out of my own head and stop taking my work so seriously.
  3. I read a lot of heavy literature when I’m on set, so on holiday I want to indulge in something light-hearted.
  4. Skiing in Whistler was great fun. It’s an extreme environment that’s very different to my own and I had never skied before, so I had to learn to take on the elements quite bravely. It was nice to try something new.
  5. I love firing guns. It’s an amazing feeling — so sexy and powerful.
  6. I have family dotted everywhere — Dad’s in California; I’ve got aunts in Scotland and Virginia; family in Kansas City; family in Manchester and London.
  7. From a very young age, stories fuelled my imagination in the most wonderful way.
  8. I am often lost in my own world, with a frown on my face.
  9. Documenting trips makes them that much richer. I stick in train tickets and business cards from restaurants. It makes the whole experience poetic, describing the sights, smells and sounds around me. It means I can relive the holiday years later.
  10. I think Brits probably feel that Americans are more like us than vice-versa, if that makes sense. Because we get everything American over here in Britain, but yet there are things which are staunchly English that you guys don’t have.
  11. I think it’s always easier to play parts that you have something concrete that you can relate to.
  12. Although I grew up in London, I spent summers in Missouri, where my dad lived. It’s quite a liberal town, Kansas City. You’d be surprised.
  13. The things that prey on my mind in London seem to disappear as soon as I find myself in a different environment. Survival mode kicks in.
  14. Because I trained in theater, I always leave a film shoot feeling like I haven’t done anything, like I just sat in front of the camera and whispered, essentially.
  15. It’s people’s worst fantasy to see their partner kissing someone else, even though it’s a job and it’s not real.
  16. Mum wasn’t at all religious, but she thought that going to the theatre was as important a ceremonial, communal experience that a person could have.
  17. I don’t think I’m curvaceous. It’s simply that most other actresses are really, stupidly tiny.
  18. When actors get a bad name for diva behavior — I’ve never seen it. Because my experience with people who are really famous actors is that they work really hard.
  19. I like characters who have faults. I’m drawn to darker people.

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