How have you been the past three weeks?
Well, I feel lucky because my girlfriend Ramona [Agruma, fashion and jewelry designer] has been a great help and good partner. Still, this morning, I thought, do I eat breakfast or do I put on makeup? Because I don’t have time to do both. [laugh. ] Baby is so low key though; I just love cuddling her. She doesn’t do anything but shit, eat, and sleep, but I love playing her classic Disney songs and showing her baby flashcards.
in almonds and seahorses ?
This is really a very different character because I’ve been doing glossy Hollywood comedies. When I came to America, I thought, I’m going to be the female Jonah Hill and totally smash it! 2021 But I actually started out as a serious Australian actress. I want to be the next Dame Judi Dench, but no one in Hollywood actually sees me in these roles, so when
The Almond and the Seahorse came along , I was like, oh my god, this is such a brave and challenging role. I feel like I have to do this to get back those action muscles. Comedy isn’t hard [laughs] because you’re just hanging out with your friends and having fun a lot of the time, but be prepared for this movie to be a bit of a grind. It was a real acting challenge, but it was so exciting to get my toes back into it.
Did you do anything in particular to prepare you for this role?
Well, we’re filming during a frustrating pandemic. It was March in so when I arrived in London I had to lock myself up in a hotel for two weeks. I was also trying to have a baby in real life and near the end of the shoot I got the horrible news that the egg harvest had failed. My character is going through painful things, but so am I, and remembering that helps me really build Sarah. Before I made this film, I didn’t realize how common TBI was, and I think seeing that experience on screen can have a very powerful effect on people.