NAOMI HAR­RIS

Tee­ter­ing on the edge of Bond- style megas­tar­dom doesn’t sit that com­fort­ably with at least one Bri­tish ac­tor, writes Zoe Nauman

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Front Page -

From a pi­rate’s life to the spy game.

NAOMIE Har­ris loves the fact she gets to be an ac­tor but no one knows who she is.

Hav­ing al­ready starred in nu­mer­ous big- screen hits – in­clud­ing two Pi­rates of the Caribbean films, Mi­ami Vice and

28 Days Later – she has so far stayed un­der the radar.

‘‘ It’s great I can be pretty anony­mous,’’ she says.

But that could all be about to change given she’s set to play field agent Eve in the next Bond film,

Sky­fall, di­rected by Sam Men­des. Har­ris, 35, has al­ready had her first taste of star­ring in one of the world’s best- known fran­chises.

‘‘ I did worry about it a bit. My agent said to me: ‘ It’s un­like any­thing else you have done be­fore, just be pre­pared’.

‘‘ Af­ter the launch, my face was ev­ery­where in the pa­pers and on the news. I was wor­ried. But, amaz­ingly, I was still able to get on and off the bus and no one recog­nised me.’’

Har­ris, who is from Fins­bury Park, in Lon­don, has al­ready started train­ing for the kick- arse role of Eve.

‘‘ I’m lov­ing it at the mo­ment. I am such a paci­fist, I never thought I would en­joy fir­ing guns. But in the safety of the gun range and at a tar­get board, it’s so much fun.’’

She adds: ‘‘ I’m do­ing gy­ro­ton­ics [ a fluid train­ing style that blends move­ments of yoga, dance, gym­nas­tics, tai chi and swim­ming on a ma­chine] twice a week and I have a yoga teacher three times a week who also takes me jog­ging.

‘‘ As well as that I am stunt train­ing and driv­ing in be­tween. I’m def­i­nitely get­ting a lot fit­ter, which is fab.’’

Har­ris says she was starstruck when she met Dame Judi Dench at a read- through a few weeks ago.

‘‘ I was sit­ting next to her and she was re­ally in­tim­i­dat­ing but it was bril­liant. I was think­ing, ‘ What am I do­ing?’ But was so thrilled at the same time,’’ she says.

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