I love being able to express myself through what I wear - and for it to be a way of expressing uniqueness and individuality.

I really think that 'Christine' is one in a million in terms of independent or studio.

If I'm going to be honest about it, I think men get to do this sort of thing all the time. You look at countless performances by great male actors who get to play the whole gamut of human emotions. Women aren't regularly allowed to do that, and I don't know why people are so frightened by it.

I've worked on so many films where the script is one thing and then, somewhere down the line - on set, sometimes - it changes, and there's zero I can do about it.

It's so rare that I get to do something in my own accent in my own hometown.

I don't have regular TV; I have Apple TV, so I pick what I watch, which is perhaps not a good thing. I read all the big publications and also listen to a lot of podcasts.

I can't remember a time when I didn't want to be an actor. It has just always been an inevitability on some level.

The last thing that scared me... it was probably something stupid, like when someone jumped out at me, or I thought my new dog had gone to the toilet underneath my piano. Lots of silly things.

I did 'Iron Man' because I was curious about those massive movies that were taking over the summers every year, and I wanted to see what the fuss was about.

Your principal motive on a movie set is to get the film made, but on a Woody Allen set, there's an ulterior thing that goes on, which is, 'Did you have a conversation with Woody? How friendly have you been with him? Am I liked by him?'

My access point to the '70s is films from that time, and they all have that paranoiac quality.

I love the solitary, romantic idea of writing.

I don't believe that all actors should end up being directors.

I don't want to constantly be making sacrifices. It feels like it's really difficult for the films I dream about making to turn up.

I don't know how you make a living without a few personal compromises.

No family is sane, is it?

My childhood was very colourful, and I am very good friends with both my parents. We have no secrets.

I was a sort of New York intellectual when I was 16. I wanted to dress like Annie Hall when I was 18.

I think I have a job, which is to present a character in a story and entertain you and divert you with my work - that's it.

There's always going to be a separate version of you that people will create, and you have no control over it.

I'm not consciously avoiding doing a lot of period drama, but I don't really seek it out either.

My friends have noticed that if I suddenly go through a couple of months' unemployment, there seems to be a correlation that I don't ever tend to wear the same outfit twice. There will be such strange combinations of clothes because I'm probably a bit creatively stifled, so it's coming out in my wardrobe.

I grew up watching his movies; I know everyone did, but I really feel that a lot of my formative years were informed by Woody Allen films.

There are people all over the world who like to write fan letters in the voice of their pet: 'Hello, my name is Fifi and I'm a labrador and I think you're great. Paw paw!'

I always look for contradiction in a character.

I've never been desperate to please my father.

I was a really pretentious teenager.

I was quite quiet as a kid. I sat around watching people.

Nobody engages in a film, regardless of what your job is in it, to make a bad one.

Yes, I'm a complete itinerant. I keep making attempts not to be, but then circumstances make me uproot and go somewhere else again. It's not the worst thing in the world at all; I love it. In fact, I'm probably horribly addicted to it.

I'm very nerdy about my music, and I like interrogating people about what they put on playlists.

As someone who works and travels as much, you could feel... A bit rootless?

I would say that maybe directors who act as well are easier with actors. I'm not saying that all directors have this, but sometimes you'll come across a director who sort of looks at an actor a bit like a kind of untrained horse that's been let out of the stable, like they might buck him.

Lentil dhal is the only thing I can cook.

It's one thing to think about something, but it's another thing to actually feel it.

You have to start from a place of trying to create a character.

If you act scared, your body produces adrenaline.

If pressed, I would say I feel British. It's where I grew up and where I choose to live, the culture that I love, but I feel perfectly at home in America, I don't feel like a tourist or anything.

You sit there, and you argue and you argue, and you sort of bully the hell out of the text until you're quite sure what it's revealing, and then you perform it.

I don't like talking about myself, if I'm honest.

Steven Spielberg was a huge part of my childhood, like everyone's, I guess.

Since 'Christine' started screening, I'm overwhelmed by the response from women and men - that it's so rare to see something like this. We're just not given the opportunity so much.

The kind of films I want to make are struggling to get made. And if they are getting made, they're getting made on shoestring budgets with not enough time.

I love clothes. I've never actively followed trends, but I definitely know what I like and what I don't like. I think fashion is a really important and empowering thing. I don't think it's superficial, actually, I think it's very important.

I don't think that theater is the higher medium, that it's better than film.

Some people just don't have the tools to deal with the stuff life throws at them.

It's not often you get female characters who don't fit into a box.

When I was 22, I thought I couldn't wear heels because of my height.

Even if the film doesn't come out quite as you'd hoped, the process can also be very rewarding. I feel that way about a film called 'Lay the Favorite' that I made with Stephen Frears. I did that because the character was a real leap for me. The film doesn't quite all add up internally, but I feel very proud of what I did on it.