I work in the entertainment industry, and I like to be entertained.
I think when you are an only child, parents are more protective and fearful because they've only got one of you. I was not allowed to do a lot of things that, if I'd been, say, number three, I would have.
The job of an actor is the same in all of them, really. I mean, you're just creating a character that you hope people will believe, so it doesn't make that much of a difference really.
If you told my 13-year-old self that one day I'd be talking about how Tom Cruise and I had good chemistry, she'd think you were completely mad.
You can certainly keep a low public profile if you want to.
The response to Pride has been so overwhelming. I mean, people have really loved it. And it's so rewarding because we had such a fun time making that film, and it was made with so much heart, that it's lovely that people seem to be responding in kind to that.
I used to get nervous just going to the stage door, seeing people waiting to talk to me. I was afraid of being caught out in some way or not being right.
I look my best when I'm totally free, on holiday, walking on the beach.
I find I clash sometimes with people who like to plan things and book you in for lunch. I'd rather someone call me up, say: 'Are you free tonight and d'you wanna go to the roller-disco? Or play pool?'
Feminism will never reach the next stage until women stop competing with each other on the level of looks.
I think you tend to try, during the time you've got off, to forget about the film. It was such a total world. I mean, the sets were claustrophobic, and as soon as you were on there, you were right back into it.
I've got friends who are pyrotechnics who do big fire shows, so I'm really fascinated by that.
I've been doing Pride and Prejudice all summer, so suddenly the chance to be holed up with a bunch of marines is quite attractive, and probably a necessary dose of male energy.
And I like the look on people's faces when I say I'm doing this movie called Pride and Prejudice and they kind of smile, and then I say I'm in a movie called Doom and they kind of do a double take and try and put the two things together. And they never quite manage to.
Nothing can teach you what it's like to work on a film set, and the best education there can be for an actor is to walk up the street and observe human nature.
I think, you know, as an actor we get these terribly sort of pretentious ideas in our heads. We try to take everything very seriously at first, you know, until we lighten up, we get onboard, and have a laugh.
In the original computer game of Doom, you not only have to kill things. You have to pulverise them.
I'd really love to live in New York for awhile. That's what I'm hoping to do.
It was in New York, and I've always wanted to film in New York. And the writer was a teenage friend of mine. We did youth theatre together when we were 16 and always had a dream of making a film together. And ten years later, we've done it. So it's great.
It's something that I am going over in my head about the whole video game thing, and whether you support violence by being in a film like this. I mean, to me, it's incredibly unreal and it's all about the action, and just explosions.
Looking back, I just think I was a really average sort of girl.
Success is freedom - scripts coming your way and getting to choose the stories you want to tell.
I saw a lot of operas from backstage and watched a lot of rehearsals - my parents were singers.
What I find sexy is when someone's having fun and able to look right back at you.
I'd like people to get a sense of who I am, yet I want to keep my privacy, too.
It is interesting to break all the rules. I'm not married, I have a baby, and it feels infinitely more right.
Anger is not an accepted thing for women. And, you know, I do get angry. I feel it's a very honest emotion.
I'd like to do Nicole Diver in F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'Tender Is the Night,' if that ever gets made.
I think I was lucky in that I wasn't one of those girls who are told they are pretty the whole time. I never got that. Nor did I ever obsess about my looks as a teenager.
I long for the day when there are things I feel strongly about politically.
You just never know who's going to have chemistry. You can put two of the sexiest people in the world together, and they could be completely flat.
You can get things out of acting with someone a second time around that you don't necessarily get the first time because you're more familiar, more comfortable.
I do know that the key to anything good is feeling relaxed and free. That's the main thing that you can offer yourself as an actor.
Actresses generally aren't allowed to have haircuts, because short hair isn't considered as versatile.
I would love to play the lead in a big romantic comedy. That's definitely a dream of mine.
Peter Chelsom and Edgar Wright are totally different directors and worlds apart, but both really accomplished directors who are certain of how they want to make a film.
I've been on stage plenty of times, and one of the things about being a stage actress is you have a 3-month run to revisit the story nightly and play it again.
There are certainly contemporaries that I admire, like Emily Blunt. I think she is amazing.
Sometimes it irks when people come up in the street and say, 'Oh I'm a huge James Bond fan' - when you obviously want them to be a fan of your work in particular.
You get those couples who are very fearful of bringing children into the mix because they feel like somehow that link between them as a couple is going to somehow dissolve or become less powerful or whatever. And that somehow the child is going to disrupt their happy stage.
If someone makes you feel wrong-footed, you're unlikely to find them witty.
I'm kind of desperately looking for those things that will... you know, sort of show my wilder side, in a way, my much more irreverent, badly behaved side.
When the eyes are on you for the first time, you can't believe that people aren't criticising you.
Acting is about communicating what it is like to be human: the pain, the laughs, the misery, the joy. I suppose I am searching to have it all.
I remember times of anxiety, ups and downs, and times of unexpected windfalls. But my parents loved what they did. And because their work was also their hobby, it taught me that work could be fulfilling.
As a woman, you feel that you shouldn't want to better yourself against others. Ambition has become such an ugly word, hasn't it?
One goes on with the blithe belief that who you really are is transparent to everybody. Then you realise, with some horror, that in fact it's not. So all you can do is keep muddying the waters a bit.
When you're about to get married, and then you're not, it's all a big shock. You think, 'Well, okay, so I'm never going to lead a totally conventional life now.'
Perhaps misguidedly, I always admire the people who are so polished.
I never thought I'd make any money at all doing this business. Film was never even on the cards.
I think I'll be flavor of the month when I'm in my fifties.
I've often felt I don't belong quite wherever I am.
I can read significance into tiny, tiny things. If I'd met someone 10 years ago and not seen them again, and then I suddenly bumped into them, I'd feel that that was 'meant,' or there's a fate, you know?
I didn't know where film came from when I was under 10. I just thought I'd be a stage actress. I always knew money would be tough, but that never frightened me.
I wanted to be an actress since I was really, really small. I knew I didn't want to sing, and I didn't want to do music, and words were the ways I wanted to express myself.
Especially in Britain, people want to limit you.
I'm not frightened of what people will think an more. Because, you know, when you're a teenager or in your early 20s, you're always frightened of what people will think.
There are lots and lots of good actors out there, and often it's just luck if what you bring to the table syncs with the director's vision.
I grew up without any security - I obviously had lots of security because I have two parents who had a good marriage and stayed together, and we had a creative household full of ideas, but there was never any financial security. So I knew I could have a good life without that.
I think it's one of the great enrichments of life, romance.
It's not easy casting the men. You have to go gingerly, but you have to approach the right man at the right time because men don't want to play second fiddle to a woman. That's the truth.
Some women can feel under-qualified due to a general lack of confidence whereas, in fact, they are uniquely qualified.
I am drawn to courageous women.
I think I needed rather than wanted to be an actor. There is not another way to put it.
You want to make entertainment sometimes, and sometimes you want to make art, because I think the way we understand ourselves as human beings is through art, and the way we process emotions - I know I do - is through recognizing experiences on screen or in novels or in paintings.
I decided to finish at Oxford because I looked up at the top of the buildings - the gargoyles and spires - and decided to stay.
People are saying we need more females in our industry and we need more female-driven stories, but that takes the men of bankable star quality to come forward and play supporting roles in those films because, ultimately, that's what the women have always done.
Any actress - goodness, we're lucky to be working. We all know that. There are few parts, a few good ones.
I have worked with three female first assistant directors - on 'Hostiles,' 'Gone Girl,' and a short film, 'The Human Voice,' and they have all been exceptional.
There was a time during 'Gone Girl' that I'd come home, and I'd say, 'I get to be every part of being a woman in this role.' For me, I feel it much more as a springboard for the work I'm going to take on thereafter.
I just hope and pray that I never get threatened by younger actresses coming up behind me. I hope I won't, but you never know what's going to hit you.
You become sillier and more youthful as you get older, maybe, because you're over all your anxieties.
I certainly relish the chance to play a woman who didn't have to conform in any way ever to expected behavior or desirable behavior or attractive behavior.
What's so great about 'Gone Girl' is the conversations it provokes.
When I was about 21, everyone thought I was about 30.