Compiled by: Jack Foley
Q. There's been talk of you making an
album - is this true or is it just tabloid speculation?
A. It’s something that I have been thinking about.
Recently, I was at a family function - I think I mentioned that
my mum was an actress - and unfortunately, despite having this
enormous talent, she has not found enough great success in her
career - and she got up and sang a few songs for my family, and
she was so good and we were all crying, and it just made me very
aware that my mum has this wonderful gift that she can’t
share on this same level as I could.
I don’t even think I am as good as her, but it made me aware
that I’m in a very unique place right now where I have a
lot of options open to me, and it made we want to do it because
the opportunity is there.
So yes it's something that I am thinking about right now, and
as soon as I get a free moment I’d like to sit down and
see what comes of it.
Q. With this and Ella Enchanted, you end up becoming
crowned at the end of the movie. Do you long to make a movie where
you don’t wear a ball gown and finish the movie being crowned?
A. I have done it. I have two films coming out; one is
called Havoc, where I play a Los Angeles teenager from a affluent
background who becomes entranced with gang life and hangs out
with Latino gangs. That's a little different, I don't wear a ball
gown in that.
In the other one, I appeared in Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain -
once again no tiaras, no ball gowns. But I am a rodeo queen in
it, so I don't know...
Q. But do you find yourself being sent lots of 'fairytale
princess' style roles?
A. I think I am the go to Tiara girl! But I'm quite lucky
that people have already let me step out of that and let me explore
different roles as an actress.
But yes, certainly, I think I am still getting sent a lot of romantic
comedies- it's a wonderful genre and I would love to continue
to work in it as well as hopefully many others.
Q. How important is it that Hollywood makes these escapist fantasies,
given our troubles in recent times?
A. I don't think I have as much authority to talk about
this, but I just think it's important to have the ability and
the know-how to make all kinds of good films, if that means you
need to make a good film that's entertaining without cursing,
or you want to make a good action film without guns, that's still
You can argue with me, but I loved Charlie's Angels, but it's
good to be able to know how to have fun with art.
And I agree with everything that Julie and Garry said, but to
make a comedy without relying on sensationalism in any way is
an art in itself and it's important to know how to do it.
Q. Are there any dream roles you would love to play -
even if it's movies passed? Are we going to see your Ophelia one
A. I hope so and I hope that it's not just the name
of a boat!
I feel really inappropriate saying this, especially in the company
that I am in, but my dream role is Eliza Doolittle [laughs].
I love Shakespeare and I'm not just saying that because of the
name thing. So I would love to play all of his great heroines.
Oh and I would also love to be a Bond girl very, very much.
Dame Julie: Oh, I would love to be a Bond girl,
too! I could be M.
Anne: And one more, there's a piano virtuoso,
from the 18th Century, who was Clara Schumann; she was Robert
Schumann's wife and a wonderful composer in her own right, who
had a fascinating life, and I would love to portray her, too.
Q. You get to change the law in this movie, so what laws
would you change, if you had the opportunity?
A. Having gotten that question in every interview I've
done in the past four years, so in the light of current times,
and assuming I was a monarch who also had a people's representational
government, I would make it illegal not to vote.
Q. How influential has your mum been to your career?
A. Well I'd like to say that my parents were not stage
parents and they've always let me know that they believed I could
succeed at anything I put my mind to, whether that was being a
rocket scientist, which my physics teacher in class told me was
never going to happen, or being an actress.
My mother is influential in that she has offered me unlimited
support and unconditional love, hugely.
Other than that, she introduced me to acting, but I was never
pushed in any way. It was very, very much of my own will.