Evening Standard - West End Final Extra - ES Magazine - - Talk Of The Town - In­ter­view by Han­nah Nathanson

Do you have any se­cret tat­toos? I have a small blue­bird on my back, which I had done when I was 19 and trav­el­ling around Brazil with my sis­ter. What’s the fun­ni­est thing you’ve read about your­self? I’d been do­ing in­ter­views all day. The last one was with a tabloid and the head­line the next day read: ‘I might look in­tel­li­gent but I’m as thick as shit.’ Which I think I did say. What ad­vice would you give your 18-year-old self? Don’t be­lieve ev­ery­thing you think — or feel. What would you eat for your last sup­per? I’d make Ot­tolenghi’s maqluba — a lay­ered up­side-down veg­etable and rice cake. I’d share it with my clos­est fam­ily and some old fruity friends like Ru­pert Everett. What last made you cry? I’m al­ways cry­ing. I get a lump in my throat when I see in­ti­macy be­tween par­ents and their chil­dren. What keeps you up in the mid­dle of the night? My hor­mones. I don’t mean that I want sex. It’s this feel­ing that I’m a fish caught on a hook ris­ing to the sur­face. When have you felt at your sex­i­est? When I feel most pow­er­ful. What has been your great­est mis­take? I still get caught up in my own drama and have to re­mind my­self that ev­ery­thing passes. What did you buy with your first pay cheque? A pair of suede boots and a Jean Paul Gaultier-type frock coat, both of which I then left on a train. What’s the worst job you’ve ever had? A Ger­man ad­vert for white fish sauce; we had to eat loads of it. What’s been your big­gest fash­ion mis­take? I should brush my hair more. What’s your desert is­land boxset? 1930s Amer­i­can screw­ball come­dies. Is there a book that changed the way you thought about things? The Wilder Shores of Love by Les­ley Blanch. It’s about four Vic­to­rian women who are in­tox­i­cated by the Ori­ent. Their neck-break­ing pas­sion woke a few synapses in my brain. Do you have any su­per­sti­tions? In the the­atre, if you say ‘Mac­beth’, all the ac­tors will start look­ing very anx­ious. I’m so well-trained not to say it in the the­atre that I can hardly say it in nor­mal life. What’s your karaoke song? ‘Danc­ing with My­self’ by Nou­velle Vague. Pri­vate Lives is in cine­mas for one night only on Thurs­day 6 Fe­bru­ary (cine­

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