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Emily Watson

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Born Saturday 14 January 1967

Occupation: Actress

Nationality: English

As actors, we went where we wanted to, and the camera followed us: it was like having another person in the room. There was no formal structure to the process. It was very liberating.

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During Breaking The Waves, I was on my own in a hotel room. I think I would have been impossible to live with. When you go home, you have to pretend to be the person you are at home.

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I always think I am going to do my best.

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I do think you feel a little bit like you are preying on people's lives.

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I don't think I will be less good because there's less pressure on me.

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I grew up without a television. It meant that I read lots of books and entertained myself.

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I've always been creative, I think.

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The film Punch - Drunk Love is how you see the world when you're in love. You don't see somebody's psychological baggage necessarily, you see the person walking out of the light.

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It's an incredible privilege for an actor to look into the camera. It's like looking right into the heart of the film, and you can't take that lightly.

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My character Lena is somebody who responds to people in a very simple way. I didn't have to take myself off to a darkened room to concentrate, I just had to try and be open. It's an interesting, subtle relationship.

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My husband. He keeps me grounded. If I were in the world on my own, it would all be much more seductive. But I'm in a relationship that has nothing to do with the film world.

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When I did get home this last time, we had all these plans to go out. And then we hardly stepped outside because the time together seemed too precious.

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When the time came to make a decision about what do in life, I found myself thinking that acting was the thing I loved to do, so I applied to drama school. And then, I didn't get in - twice.

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Yeah, a lot of people think I'll be a tortured nutcase when they meet me.

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You have to play the logic of a character.

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It's a whole different kind of anxiety. But the great thing about doing a theatre job is that once the ball starts rolling you just have to go with it, it's inexorable.

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I was a normal, rather dutiful child. I didn't even rebel as a teenager.

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And it is very sexy as well: somebody says I'm taking you on a surprise date, you don't know where you are going and you can't see and then you put your hand out and there is a tiger. Amazing.

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I think so, Silence of the Lambs was a great, suspenseful thriller and I would expect Red Dragon to be similar. And I think it's very character driven.

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