That’s part of this industry. It’s hard a lot of the time, especially when you get knocked down a lot. There’s a lot of criticism and it’s always in the back of your mind that you may never work again.
I’m going to Queen Mary’s [university] in East London and I am trying to juggle it. Sometimes, it’s really hard.
I study English literature but my friends are doing psychology and things like that. No one cares about acting there. It’s not competitive and it’s a nice environment for me.
With ‘Submarin’, Richard [Ayoade] gave us a lot of freedom and he really helped us. He’s so amazing. It really changed things for me and brought my love for filming and working with people to a completely different level. It really was a wonderful experience.
There are loads of amazing actors in the UK and only 2% of them are in work, which is crazy.
You have to remain positive and just try your best and part of that is doing things that continually surprise people, including yourself, so that you don’t get pigeon-holed.
When you do children’s TV or one episode [guest] stuff, you have to listen, which is also a great thing to learn. But you don’t have individual input.
There was a huge period where I was filming and studying. But then we went into summer and it became easier. I did find combining the two difficult and I haven’t figured out how to do it effortlessly just yet.
For me ‘Submarine’, is probably one of the most important things I’ve done and it will always remain the closest thing to my heart. It was an amazing experience and it really changed things for me after I’d finished filming it because of the people on it.
Going forward, anything that Richard [Ayoade] asks me to do, I would be so honoured… even if it’s sweeping the street because he’s such a great person and a great friend.
I had a very short time on that film [The Possibilities Are Endless] and it was quite strange because the process was kind of like a documentary, which was different for me. The way everything was filmed was very casual.
I’m someone who is quite uncomfortable if something is different. I like doing things I’m used to in everyday life. So, I always try to push myself outside of that when looking for roles, otherwise I would never do anything different.
I get very nervous in un-trodden territory but it’s important to keep doing it just to prove to myself that I can do it.
I like the idea of going to university and studying. I didn’t do it because it was a back-up plan. In some ways, it kind of goes hand in hand with acting. There’s a lot of analysis and enriching your mind, as well as problem solving. And it can only help being around people as an actor.
I had a hard time at school because I worked, so I was quite often out of school, which meant that I didn’t make many friends. It can happen to child actors, because you’re not in the school environment. And I did miss that school environment and being around people.
I wanted to go to university and experience something that I felt like I’d missed. I wanted to be around bright, intelligent young people who were learning about themselves.
Richard [Ayoade] likes working with people that he knows. So, I already knew all of the crew and practically everyone and we all felt comfortable. It’s nice to be able to go into somewhere where there’s no pressure, and where people are supportive and believe in you.
To work with Richard [Ayoade] is my favourite thing in the world. He is my favourite person. So, it was great for me to be involved in a project that was, again, so different and with such wonderful actors. Everyone from Submarine is in the film in one way or another, which helps because it really does feel like a family.
Of course, you’re always going to be biased but Submarine was amazing and I’m not surprised that people liked it.
I’m too sensitive. I could not show up to a murder scene and do anything like that. It would break me instantly.
I really admire police officers, surgeons, or anyone who works in high stressed situations.
The thing I like most about acting is that it entertains people. Films and TV can also offer such comfort to people… TV especially, because it’s in people’s homes and they can watch it at home. It offers them insights into different cultures and ideas, which I think is great.
I’ve done a lot of things for a very young audience so far, such as The Sarah Jane Adventures. I’m tiny and petite and I look very young, so I tend to attract those kinds of roles.
The Romany culture is not really in the media that much and Jack Thorne wanted to portray that.
I didn’t really know anything about Romany culture going into this [Glue series]. The one thing that I liked the most about it is that it’s so family based. They don’t have mothers and fathers in the same way we do. They’re really in a community, so parenting is shared between the community.