Sport is not my thing.
I think saying you’re bad at something is rather wonderful because then it doesn’t matter anymore.
There are two qualities that I’ve noticed in good directors: One is that they have their vision very strongly in place; and two is that they listen to everyone’s opinion and still remember their vision.
My auditions for drama school were miserable, but one thing I had on my side, although I had no experience or skill or training, was that I wanted to learn everything.
The accent in England can change literally from street to street, and people have this sort of feudal tribalism whereby you can identify somebody’s provenance by their voice.
I’m not intelligent enough to be a doctor, and kind of hands down you can’t argue with the worth of that. But I don’t really have an opinion about the worth of making art.
I think that the process of trying to become somebody else, and obviously the director/actor relationship in trying to do that, is such a weird, undefinable thing.
I don’t think the idea of working in Hollywood really exists anymore. I think you work in films, and where the film is shot is where it’s shot. The studio system doesn’t really exist.
Growing up in England, you’re sort of spoiled, in a way. You sort of take it for granted that within a half-hour’s drive, you could be walking around a stately home from the 1700s. It’s not very hard to do – in California, you’ve got to take a flight!
My father started his own business, and before that was a freelance lecturer, and my friends are artists and musicians; they don’t have real jobs – none of us have real jobs.
I think that what drives most of us as human beings is the want for something. You might have a hope, or a big dream, or a goal that you haven’t yet achieved.
I’ve never got a part in the same way twice. I’ve never prepared the same way. I’ve never experienced the filming the process the same way.
‘On the Road’ completely changed the way I looked at what you could do with your life.
I’m only really interested in taking a part if it’s nothing like me.
I think you can decide how much of yourself you’re willing to make public.