My 12-year-old brother came to stay while I was doing press for The Help. He really likes Emma Stone, so I asked her to go over and speak to him. She went over, and he absolutely clammed up, couldn’t even look at her. “There’s a picture where she’s smiling with her arm around him and he just looks like he’s going to faint! It’s my favourite.”

I was a difficult child because I wanted to be the mom.

I don’t look modern. I’m not the girl that would walk into the room and everyone goes, “Oh!”

They’ll say, “Save it, save it”. I tell them: “Don’t worry. I have a bottomless well of tears. ( about rehearsals )

Sometimes I’ll have a meeting with someone and they’ll say, “Oh, Sean Penn was just here and was saying the nicest things about you”. You know, when you’re applying for a job? These are like my recommendations. It’s nice.

I don’t normally get into this, but I’m a vegan. And I try not to, well, I don’t want to torture anything. I guess it’s about trying to live a life where I’m not contributing to the cruelty in the world… While I am on this planet, I want everyone I meet to know that I am grateful they are here.

When I first moved to LA, it was very difficult. All the casting directors didn’t know what to do with me, with the way I looked. I’m not blonde with tanned skin and tall and skinny. I looked very different – and they said I looked like I was from another time.

My grandmother took me to see David Cassidy in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and I thought, I want to be up there. We sat down and the play started and there was a girl of my age who opened this huge book and started narrating and I thought, ‘This is a job. She gets to wear cool costumes and this is what I am going to do.’ Ever since then I have always known I was going to be an actor. [On how she decided to be an actress]