I got to read some writings by serial killers, and they got inside my head. They were quite disturbing. I read disturbing stuff about that very detached way of manipulating people to do things.
I don't feel particularly comfortable about actors using whatever power they may have to push their beliefs, unless they're extremely well informed.
As an actor, there's a bit of you that's decided you want to be looked at and watched, but there's a paradoxical bit that wants to run away.
Most films are rooted in a book or a comic strip, but I don't go out there saying I want to do adaptations.
I respond to a part just intuitively when I read a script.
I don't plan a career. That doesn't work for me. I just have to go with my gut.
When you go to areas that have poverty of that level, you're ready to feel shocked and some degree of shame, coming in as a rich westerner.
A Merchant Ivory film, It's quite hard to finance this kind of film, so there's a sort of pressure to move through the day and get it done.
One of the things that binds us as a family is a shared sense of humor.
Little moments can have a feeling and a texture that is very real.
I'm sure acting is a deeply neurotic thing to do.
You're meant to be playing the distillation of evil, which can be anything.
I admire the world of the books and the characters that she's created, but I'm not an addict of Harry Potter. I don't feel possessive about it.
When you get to over 40 and people are killing each other still around the world and blowing each other up, it gets a bit sort of depressing.
I can't go and shoot people in the back of the head because It's a kids' movie, which is actually quite a good test because you haven't got the overt threat of a knife in the face.
You feel yourself working to show something. I've learned to distrust that feeling.
When she was younger, my mother was quite committed to Roman Catholicism. But she got disillusioned with it and moved closer to something like Buddhist beliefs near the end of her life.
I like to keep fit, but I never lift very heavy weights.
The film depends on the audience's belief in this relationship.
I went out to Mount Kilimanjaro, which I thought was very beautiful, but there were a lot of people there.
I was grateful to have two weeks to shoot this one scene in Harry Potter. It's a big, big scene, but they have to deliver. And they have high expectations.
Gardeners are good at nurturing, and they have a great quality of patience, they're tender. They have to be persistent.
I certainly gained a lot by reading about Shanghai.
You have to just dive over the edge. You haven't got time to mess about.
There are those moments when you shake someone's hand, have a conversation with someone, and suddenly your all bound together because you share your humanity in one simple moment.