Our attitudes have changed a lot, really, and so there's a certain toughness about it.
I've never had a desire to be famous. Lots of actors are actually extremely shy. I have shy areas.
As an actor, you ask yourself what you can do to put yourself in a position where you can play that role.
I think one probably absorbs things like a sponge and things emerge without your always being aware of it.
Surely the job of fiction is to actually tell the truth. It's a paradox that's at the heart of any kind of storytelling.
The Jungian view of drama would be that it affects all of our imaginations and somehow taps into our hidden, ancient, primordial memories.
The space and light up there in Norfolk is wonderfully peaceful. I find myself doing funny things like gardening, and cooking, which I rarely do in London.
People will say that it's some kind of evasion, but I would never want to have a kid for me. I'd want to have the child for the child's sake, if that makes sense.
It's taken me longer still to realize what a short span there is between those life experiences and the rest of your life. That's a job for the people who lived through it.
I'm just a hired actor who was hired for a particular job, but I think one of the joys of reading the script was the way that the personal and the global are woven together.