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Did you meet with astronauts to prepare?
My first meeting with Ridley, I said, “If I did this film, can I go to space camp?” So I got to go to JPL to see all the robotics and the Curiosity rover. I got to see them programming the rover on Mars and I got to do virtual reality where you put the glasses on and see actual images from Mars all around me. I could see the rover and walk around it. Is that level of research vital to forming your characters?
Whenever I’m playing a role, I do as much research as I can, and then once I get there, I try not to think about the research. A lot of my scenes I wear my wedding ring; I don’t know why, but I had this idea that people wouldn’t wear jewellery in space. But I was told they wear jewellery all the time. Matt says Ridley is a pussycat. Did you find that to be true?
I didn’t find him tough at all. I’d go over to his tent and watch playback with him. We’d all hang out with him. We all felt part of a team. We were all going out for dinner and hanging out a lot. He’s an absolute legend!