What can you tell us about your character in The Innocents?
The show was described to me as True Romance meets Let The Right One In, but I play June, a 16-year-old girl running away from a very restricted upbringing and dealing with this massive change in her life, when she discovers she’s a shapeshifter. She’s trying to maintain her relationship with her boyfriend and work out what their life will be like after this discovery.
What was your first audition like?
I was awful. I didn’t have much time to prepare and I had to do a Yorkshire accent, which I’d never done before, so I did it really badly. There were auditions for Miss Saigon happening next door, so we had to keep stopping because of the sound of people belting their hearts out coming through the walls.
What’s been the maddest moment of your career so far?
Is it ridiculous if I say it was going to the Ocean’s 8 premiere? My agent also represents Helena Bonham Carter and she took me. I’d never been to a premiere of that scale, and meeting Cate Blanchett was mad. I said almost nothing to her, but I managed to get a few words out.
Who is your acting idol?
Isabelle Huppert, for absolute Frenchness and don’t-give-a-fuck-ness. No fear of risk or danger at all. The other is Jessica Lange, for sheer acting ability. Every time I see her on screen I’m completely mesmerised.
Who is your directing idol?
The T-shirt is a giveaway. This is my T-shirt. I think Greta Gerwig is amazing. Lady Bird managed to capture the essence of what it is to be young. Anyone who’s young and female and is writing, producing, directing and acting is a real inspiration to me.
If you weren’t an actor, what job would you do?
I’d like to be a marine biologist. I didn’t go to university, so I’d really like to learn something just for the sake of learning it.
What’s your favourite film?
Right now it’s Yes by Sally Potter. It’s all written in iambic pentameter. I love her.
Who would win in a fight: a horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses?
I feel like the horses, because they have teeth and they could bite. They would overwhelm the duck.
THE INNOCENTS SEASON 1 IS ON NETFLIX FROM 24 AUGUST
Sorcha Groudsell, photographed exclusively for Empire in Haggerston, London on 11 July, 2018. 2017 University student Elizabeth in BBC thriller series Clique
2018 Teenage shapeshifter June in Netflix sci-fi mystery series The Innocents
2018 Struggling artist Judith in low-budget drama Far From The Apple Tree