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