I wonder if the reason I kept being cast in those underdog roles was because I’m so optimistic and hopeful, and that bleeds through into all of my characters. So all of these girls who were oppressed in various ways always had this positive quality. A kind of fearlessness. Maybe optimism, and positivity, and a belief in life are just other ways of saying fearlessness.

I meet other young actresses who are going out there for pilot season and they have such fire behind their eyes, and I just don’t feel that’s in me. For me, it’s a case of, ‘Do you want to be a really good actress, or do you just want to be super-famous?’ I definitely don’t want to be super-famous – having done the singing stuff young, it taught me that the fame element is always the least interesting part of our job.

I remember last time I came here [NY], some people were like, “Hey, I know you! You know that I know you from ‘Midnight in Paris’!” And some people told me that, but in Paris, nope. Because I think I am a chameleon. It’s true. I can change myself. Really. In my everyday life, I don’t wear makeup, I don’t dress … I like to not be recognized.

I was frequently told at drama school that I was thinking too much, and I still have to suppress that part of me because it can sometimes be a hindranc. It’s a writer’s or director’s role to be cerebral, whereas for an actor it should be a visceral, gut thing. When the action starts, it’s best to turn the brain off and let it become an instinctual thing.

i was very judgemental about the women characters, particularly anna and kitty. i looked down on anna because of all the wrong things she did, and i thought kitty was the young, naive girl who didn’t stand up for herself. i had to have more experience in life and now i understand every decision and the things they gave up or fought for. i thought i knew everything when i was fifteen, and i probably didn’t.