HAY­LEY ATWELL

Evening Standard - West End Final Extra - ES Magazine - - Talk Of The Town - In­ter­view by Lucy Hunter John­ston

What would you eat for your last sup­per? I would ask He­ston Blu­men­thal to re­cre­ate my favourite dishes from child­hood, like the Screw­ball ice cream, which has a ball of chew­ing gum in the bot­tom. What ad­vice would you give your 18-year-old self? You’re tak­ing your­self too se­ri­ously. Stop it, and go and chase some boys. What keeps you awake in the mid­dle of the night? Won­der­ing what I’m do­ing with my life, in an ex­is­ten­tial way, the Lon­don traf­fic and the in­ces­sant beep of my phone. When have you felt at your sex­i­est? Up a tree, wear­ing a hoodie, in my early twen­ties. I climbed up to im­press a boy. Is there a book that changed the way you thought about things? Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mock­ing­bird. I started to spot the Boo Radleys in my neigh­bour­hood. Who do you want to apol­o­gise to? Ev­ery di­rec­tor I’ve ever worked with, for not be­ing bet­ter. What’s your guilty plea­sure? Cus­tard creams and Amaretto sours. To­gether. What has been your great­est mis­take? A home­made bum bag, which I wore to school when I was eight. Who would play you in the film of your life? Jennifer Lawrence. I think she would cap­ture the huge amount of em­bar­rass­ing yet funny sit­u­a­tions I found my­self in as a child. What did you buy with your first earn­ings? Freedom from stu­dent debt. What’s the worst job you’ve ever had? With­out a doubt, the re­make of The Pris­oner. What’s your life phi­los­o­phy? ‘Fig­ure it out for your­self.’ Do you have any se­cret tat­toos? I have a fleur de lys on my wrist that I got in New Or­leans; the mean­ing is a se­cret. What’s your karaoke song? ‘Black Velvet’ by Alan­nah Myles. The Pride is at the Trafal­gar Stu­dios un­til 9 Novem­ber (thep­ridewes­t­end.com)

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