NAOMIE HAR­RIS

Ac­tress play­ing Miss Moneypenny, 38

Evening Standard - West End Final Extra - ES Magazine - - Upfront - In­ter­view by Han­nah Nathanson

I didn’t take any­thing from the Skyfall set, but Sam Men­des [the di­rec­tor] gave me a base­ball cap and Bar­bara Broc­coli [the pro­ducer] gave me a lovely bracelet and neck­lace. As a stu­dent at Cam­bridge I had no fash­ion sense and looked very grungy. Zadie Smith was my con­tem­po­rary and wore re­ally colour­ful head scarves and al­ways looked chic. I re­cently met Zadie again at a din­ner at [Burberry CEO] Christo­pher Bai­ley’s house. It’s the first time we’d spo­ken at length — we mostly talked about ba­bies. My big­gest fash­ion faux pas was wear­ing a Matthew Wil­liamson dress to the BAF­TAs sev­eral years ago. It was in­ap­pro­pri­ately short. I looked very out of place and made it on to a lot of worst-dressed lists. It gets re­ally cold on the red car­pet at this time of year and if you’re wear­ing a beau­ti­ful dress, you can’t re­ally cover up in a coat or fit any kind of ther­mal un­der­wear un­der­neath. A cou­ple of Os­cars ago I wore a gold dress made of re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als, in­clud­ing sweet wrap­pers, by Ghana-born de­signer Michael Bad­ger. It had a large split up one side. You have to have a cer­tain amount of grace to pull off the thigh-high-split look... you also have to be very care­ful about the un­der­wear you wear. Naomie Har­ris wore a pink rainbow dress in Swiss lace with Per­spex em­bel­lish­ment and crys­tals (pic­tured) by Swarovski Col­lec­tive de­signer Peter Pilotto to the Bri­tish Fash­ion Awards A lot of ac­tors say a character starts with the shoes. In James Bond re­hearsals I wear a lot of the sports­wear brand Y3 but with Burberry kit­ten heels be­cause Miss Moneypenny wears heels. I’ve had to put in some se­ri­ous time and ef­fort prac­tis­ing walk­ing in heels. When­ever I have to present any­thing in heels, I have nightmares the night be­fore about fall­ing over. A cat­walk is my idea of hell. When I’m film­ing Bond the most im­por­tant thing is get­ting enough sleep. I wear cosy mono­grammed py­ja­mas and a silk eye mask, ap­ply Dr Gowri Motha night oil and lis­ten to a hyp­nother­apy sleep CD. ‘When film­ing Bond the most im­por­tant

thing is sleep. I even lis­ten to a hyp­nother­apy CD’

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