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get to know me meme | favourite actresses [4/5]
↳ hayley atwell

Actually she was known as ‘Hayley Fatwell’ at primary school. “I developed really early and couldn’t quite fit into girls’ clothes and felt crap”, she says. “I think that served me well – I had to develop different parts of my personality.” [x]


We just got picked up for season 5!!! #shameless (x)


I don’t think you choose the right moment to be in love, and it’s why it’s a mess, because if you’re not ready for that, it becomes suddenly very complicated and I think love is about timing. That’s all. Chemistry and timing.


Actresses that I absolutely adore - I got cast in The OC and even initially in House as a very icy, confident, emotionally reserved woman, which is not me. I can’t really analyse why. People saw I could do it. But it takes more courage to play someone vulnerable. Power tends to get confused with repression. A good female character is seen as one that’s really badass – a femme fatale. But a great female character can often be a complete mess. People thought I could only play the badass so I’d always get those roles. It just doesn’t feel very human.


Actresses that I absolutely adore - I hate being looked at. Can’t stand it. I know, I know - I picked the wrong career. I should have been a doctor. If you play certain parts you have this nice face painted on you, and then you have feel as if you have a responsibility to this idea of being beautiful. I hate that about our business. It shouldn’t inform what you do. But there’s a perceived inverse relation between looks and talent.


Actresses that I absolutely adore - I think it gets so much easier to let things roll off your back. It’s such a business of hurry up and wait, and if you let it get to you it will drive you absolutely insane. Like, ‘Why was I called in at four in the morning and I haven’t been used until one in the afternoon?’ And ‘Why are we shooting this a million times when we have five other scenes to shoot?’ But you get to the point where you just say ‘This is filmmaking. This is what you get paid for. Everybody is doing the best they can. It’s what you have to live with.