“We have a long-standing, deep appreciation and friendship for each other because there is nobody else on the planet that really understands exactly what we went through. If you have that, you don’t really have to act. You just stand on your mark and look at the other person and allow it to be.”
Really interesting interview on how she researched Edwina and her accent, partition, where they filmed, Meryl Streeps speech, her thoughts on activism and the difficulty of when to speak out and how Dr Who is not necessarily something she has time for……
“I once had to say this on a show many years ago, and I truly believe it: Loneliness is a choice. I like to be alone; I’m more comfortable alone. But I do recognize that I take it too far sometimes and so I try to force myself to keep up with being sociable. I just am a bit of a lone ranger; I always have been. But I don’t believe that necessarily has to translate to being lonely. You can be lonely in a crowd of a thousand people. I can be in a hotel room on my own and not feel lonely. It all comes down to how comfortable you are with who you are in the silence.”
Mads Mikkelsen: “I’ve heard that Daniel Craig wants to quit, although he might change his mind. But if Daniel does not, it’d be wonderful if Gillian Anderson was the next Bond. I love her. That’d be a real revolution, and it’d be fascinating.”
Why don’t you come to London and do a play by your beloved Beckett?
[Laughs] Well, Gillian [Anderson, his X-Files co-star] has done so well in London. But she’s a proper actress. She studied; I taught myself on the job. Doing theatre wouldn’t be a return to my roots — that would be going back to grad school. I do love London, though. If you came to me with a brilliant play, I imagine I’d try to do it. (X)