” I think all parts come with baggage unless it is a brand new play. If one was daunted by that, you would never do anything. “


” Screen is satisfying because it’s so technical and mysterious. It’s like playing roulette: you get a script, you think it’s either great or naff, but you have no idea how it will really turn out. On stage, you are your own editor – and you get brief moments of grace, where suddenly you feel free. “


” The Humpback Trail on New Zealand’s South Island is really beautiful. It is a 70 km walk over about four days and is fairly arduous. You go through prehistoric forest and up to the top of Humpback Mountain, where there are amazing views down to the Tasman Sea. “


” Actors don’t listen to each other. You’re so obsessed with what you’re saying or doing that the other person could be talking in Swahili and you wouldn’t know. “


” I’ve learnt an enormous amount from my children. Mostly that my agenda isn’t the most important thing in the world. For a while, I was trying to squeeze them into my life. And it was such torment! It makes you realise how selfish you are. “


” When you have kids, you don’t really watch TV anymore, and when I do, I binge-watch box sets of ‘Breaking Bad. “


” As an actor, the only thing you have is your instinct and your imagination. “



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I think all parts come with baggage unless it is a brand new play. If one was daunted by that, you would never do anything.
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The Humpback Trail on New Zealand
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As an actor, the only thing you have is your instinct and your imagination.
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