You know, I’ve always wanted to play such great characters from literature having grown up reading a lot of these books. I guess it was just karma that the opportunity to play these fantastic roles all came at once.
I spoke to friends that have panic attacks, and I spoke to a doctor who has panic attacks, himself. I also did a bit of research into them. It seemed like everyone’s version of a panic attack had slightly different physical things. So, I decided to choose my own physical things.
WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT YOURSELF AS AN ACTRESS THROUGH PLAYING THAT ROLE?
Playing Lucrezia was great because I got to develop her from a 13-year-old to a young woman over the seasons. I felt very in control of her, and I felt like I grew up with her in a way. When I started, it was my first long job away from home. It’s almost like going to university. I don’t know how much I learned as an actress, but I definitely grew in confidence. Sometimes life imitates art with confidence; when I’m playing a character who is very self-assured, I become more self-assured myself because I have to bring it. I was the only young girl in a hugely male-dominated cast and crew, and I think when you have important men around you all the time, you do need to learn how to assert yourself without being the “pretty little girl”.
Happy Birthday, Ellie May Darcey-Alden! (4 September 1999)
“[My mum] told me [I won the part of Young Lily Evans] after school that day and I screamed, like I straight up screamed, then I cried. It’s not something you expect; it’s something you create [in your mind]. It’s one of those things you go, ‘Oh gosh, I wish I could do this. Like, how can I be able to do this?‘ And it’s, like, one of my dreams [to be in Harry Potter], something that sits in the back of your head. And then, when it actually happens, it’s really surreal.” (x)