“We were like one big family. We took over the house. It was so much fun. Brenda Blethyn (Mrs Bennett) mummied us all – when we had days off she took us on day trips to a llama farm.”
- About her Pride & Prejudice co-stars.
“I love it when we’re a family unit, I mean we’ve been sort of split up in various pieces, but when we are presented as the Bennetts, in that scene where we go to Netherfield where it is a Miss Bennett, a Miss Bennett, a Miss Bennett and a Mrs Bennett. I just like that we’re all together.”
- About Pride & Prejudice.
“I think Jena helped a lot because I have sort of leaned on her the whole summer basically, a) in my character and b) just because she is so much more experienced than I am. She kind of psyches me up for stuff and sort of helps me get in the giggly frame of mind.”
- About Jena Malone in Pride & Prejudice.
“I had wanted to act for a really long time, but other schools I had been to did not have such good drama departments. Everyone was so encouraging. You could do anything you wanted to, although you had to take it seriously. If you missed rehearsals, you were out.”
- About her school.
“They completely relate to all of the giggling and gossiping, and especially when the militia arrive we put ourselves into the most ridiculous, lovely costumes and we just have to stand out.”
- About Kitty and Lydia Bennett from Pride & Prejudice.
“I thought, ‘Wow! That’s why I am here! One day Al Pacino is going to ask me for a cup of tea and notice my potential. And then I am going to skyrocket!’”
- On taking a job as a runner and spotting Al Pacino.
“There were older men who used to come in. One guy had a red Ferrari, and one night, when I gave him his check, he signed it ‘Dinner?’ I freaked out! I was definitely not Jenny; she was bolder than I was. She had more to escape from”
- On working at a pub and comparing herself to her character in An Education.
“My generation tends to play it cool these days. But there is no room for cool. You have got to be irritating and desperate, and if you are not it is terribly boring”
- On landing a role in Pride & Prejudice and becoming friends with Keira Knightley.
“My parents were completely against it. They wanted me to go to a university. They didn’t know any actors; no one in my family was an actor. They were scared.”
- On her dreams of becoming an actress.