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Sally Hawkins

Sally Hawkins

Birthday: 27 April 1976, Dulwich, London, England, UK
Height: 157 cm

Sally Hawkins was born in 1976 in Lewisham hospital, London, England, to Jacqui and Colin Hawkins, authors and illustrators of children's books. She is of English and Irish descent. Hawkins was b ...Show More

Sally Hawkins
[on how whenever she gets nervous, she starts to talk (September 2010):] I just can't help myself. B Show more [on how whenever she gets nervous, she starts to talk (September 2010):] I just can't help myself. But is it good for me? You say something, things you would rather forget, and then they are out there. It makes me anxious and I don't know why people are interested in me anyway. If I had my way, I would rather exist in a little hole and not speak to anyone. Hide
My family went to Universal Studios and did a Star Trek video spoof. My mum and dad were Klingons. I Show more My family went to Universal Studios and did a Star Trek video spoof. My mum and dad were Klingons. I was Mr. Spock with the ears, and my brother was Captain Kirk. It's one of my most treasured possessions. Hide
I'm a real romantic. I'm a real romantic.
[on Cate Blanchett, her co-star in Blue Jasmine (2013)]: I was very lucky with Cate. She's incredibl Show more [on Cate Blanchett, her co-star in Blue Jasmine (2013)]: I was very lucky with Cate. She's incredible, and she's a theater actress as well. She thinks and works - I'm flattering myself by saying this - in a similar way as me. She comes from that training and we had time together in New York to get to know each other. Luckily, she was performing "Uncle Vanya" to great acclaim. That was the first time I saw her in the flesh. Then we had time to just talk and unravel the script. That was invaluable for me. It created such grounding. Hide
[on the things she's been offered to play (November 2014):] Sometimes you can pick and sometimes you Show more [on the things she's been offered to play (November 2014):] Sometimes you can pick and sometimes you can't. Sometimes there's a plethora of things, but sometimes it just depends what's about. Hide
Well my favourite elevenses would be a cup of tea, milky cup of tea, with custard creams, and I quit Show more Well my favourite elevenses would be a cup of tea, milky cup of tea, with custard creams, and I quite like Marmite on anything, preferably a crumpet. Hide
Normally I'm the sweet little thing. Normally I'm the sweet little thing.
[in 2011] Of course, I would love to have that one iconic lead role, and every actress wants that, t Show more [in 2011] Of course, I would love to have that one iconic lead role, and every actress wants that, that's the ultimate, really. ... You do wanna find that role that defines you or that you can be really passionate about. I hope that still happens (laugh), I really do. Hide
Someone once wrote I had dyslexia as a child. Then that gets repeated, rather like a Chinese whisper Show more Someone once wrote I had dyslexia as a child. Then that gets repeated, rather like a Chinese whisper. It's true I had trouble with words. But acting out stories, realising I could improvise, opened up a whole new world. I would just like to say that I can read. Hide
When you say something with a smile, it makes the world a happier place and everyone appreciates it. When you say something with a smile, it makes the world a happier place and everyone appreciates it.
I love working and I love doing lots of things and a variety of things. It keeps your mind active... Show more I love working and I love doing lots of things and a variety of things. It keeps your mind active...and you don't end up worrying about just the one thing. When I chew things over or analyze too much, that is when I can trip myself up. I work on a more instinctive level and it was good to completely throw myself into something else. Hide
[on her part in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)]: Oh, I don't even know if I made t Show more [on her part in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)]: Oh, I don't even know if I made the final cut. It was one day many years ago. I was still in drama school. A friend was working on it and got me in. I was in a huge audience scene. We were replicated about a thousand times. I wore a chiffon costume. It was quite a look. And I saw Ewan McGregor. He would not remember me. I never told him. I just passed by him. He was playing football, and I was on my way to set. I was just an extra in the village. I got paid 100 quid, I think. Hide
Every movie has a bit of magic in it. Even if it's just for a beat. Every movie has a bit of magic in it. Even if it's just for a beat.
[on what she thinks is the key to a happy marriage (October 2011):] Well if I was married, I'd be ab Show more [on what she thinks is the key to a happy marriage (October 2011):] Well if I was married, I'd be able to offer more insight. I'll be stabbing in the dark with this answer (laugh) but when I see friends who have very loving and successful marriages and relationships and when I see my own character, I think friendship is the key to a hearty, supportive marriage and relationship. Yeah, friendship and mutual respect. Hide
I loved working with Nigel Cole on [Made in Dagenham (2010)], but I have to say that now that I thin Show more I loved working with Nigel Cole on [Made in Dagenham (2010)], but I have to say that now that I think about it, considering what the movie has to say, wouldn't it have been great if 'Made in Dagenham' had been directed by a woman? That would be a real sign of progress, wouldn't it? Hide
Initially when I came out of college I put *everything* on my CV, like water skiing, scuba diving, a Show more Initially when I came out of college I put *everything* on my CV, like water skiing, scuba diving, and horse riding and Grade 8 Piano and things like that. So it's high exaggeration. But I think you just do, and you don't know what is expected of you or what you're supposed to do, I mean nobody tells you those things. You're sort of out there in the world and, we're certainly not trained in that at RADA [laugh], just how to cope... Hide
But actually you never know whether a film is going to get made. And then the money comes, and then Show more But actually you never know whether a film is going to get made. And then the money comes, and then it's all incredibly quick. Hide
[on Poppy Cross in Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)] It's weird because a lot of men couldn't stand her, wherea Show more [on Poppy Cross in Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)] It's weird because a lot of men couldn't stand her, whereas women really liked her. At least they said they did. Maybe they were just lying. Hide
I like eccentricity in people. I think it's something to be celebrated. My favourite kind of people Show more I like eccentricity in people. I think it's something to be celebrated. My favourite kind of people are that way. Hide
I don't really follow fashion. I like to be comfortable. I'm not a glamour puss. I don't really follow fashion. I like to be comfortable. I'm not a glamour puss.
I'm nowhere near interesting enough for the press to make up stories about. Which is pretty wonderfu Show more I'm nowhere near interesting enough for the press to make up stories about. Which is pretty wonderful in this position. I'm not a fan of interviews. I find I never get across what want to get across and things be slightly twisted [sic] or said in a way that you think you didn't say them. So golden rule - never read interviews. Hide
I was brought up with a fantastically bright, strong-minded, independent mother [Jacqui Hawkins], an Show more I was brought up with a fantastically bright, strong-minded, independent mother [Jacqui Hawkins], and quite shocked by how I was treated as a young woman. Even on the bus. And the subtler it is, the more undermining and dangerous it can be. Hide
[on what artists inspire her] This is almost impossible to answer as I am inspired by so many and al Show more [on what artists inspire her] This is almost impossible to answer as I am inspired by so many and all! You are influenced by everything if you are creative. Everything and everyone becomes a source of inspiration from artists like Van Gogh, Monet, Mondrian, Tracy Emin [sic], Pinter, Charles Dickens, Samuel Beckett, William Blake, Arthur Miller, Edward Lear (etc to friends or people you meet) From Elgar to Coltrane to Bjork! [sic] Music is a huge source of inspiration too. Hide
I love Woody Allen because you are there to work and do your job. There is no time for the pleasantr Show more I love Woody Allen because you are there to work and do your job. There is no time for the pleasantries. There's no time for chit-chat. I like that. He is very right to it. I never thought that I'd be lucky enough to work with him once let alone twice. He's incredibly precise and economical with his words. He doesn't want to hang around. He's sometimes incredibly specific. And sometimes he just lets you get on with it, and he steps away. He works incredibly economically and fast, and he doesn't smooth it over. Does that make sense? He doesn't tell you, "Oh that's amazing." Hide
I'm not a model, and I don't want to be. I'm not a model, and I don't want to be.
All good stories have a sense of reality [but] we can never really represent reality or else it'd be Show more All good stories have a sense of reality [but] we can never really represent reality or else it'd be incredibly dull on film. Hide
It's outrageous how women in the film industry are paid less than men all the time. I went to a very Show more It's outrageous how women in the film industry are paid less than men all the time. I went to a very good school where we were encouraged to be as independent and strong as we liked and it was quite a shock when I got out into the world to discover how women were patronized and undermined in the workplace. (2010) Hide
[on the Oscar for Best Director in 2010] It outrages me that it took so long for a woman to win the Show more [on the Oscar for Best Director in 2010] It outrages me that it took so long for a woman to win the award, and that it was so unprecedented that everyone had to make such a fuss over it. It's infuriating the way men dominate everything, from TV in the UK to indie films to studio pictures. It really bugs me. Hide
I don't find [publicity] easy and when you have someone who's difficult, it just clams me up. I'll k Show more I don't find [publicity] easy and when you have someone who's difficult, it just clams me up. I'll know that they want an easy interview to pigeonhole me, or for me to come out with these amazing soundbites. But I can't do that, I'm not that kind of person. And I don't want to be, really. Hide
[on her character Mary Brown in Paddington (2014)] Mrs Brown's quite an iconic figure in her own rig Show more [on her character Mary Brown in Paddington (2014)] Mrs Brown's quite an iconic figure in her own right, in that she brings Paddington into the family and adopts him. She's a character who you hope everyone will relate to and love. She's got to be all-embracing and something children recognise and feel safe with. Hide
[on characters affecting her real life (May 2011):] I try to be quite disciplined about that, actual Show more [on characters affecting her real life (May 2011):] I try to be quite disciplined about that, actually. Invariably, your work life has an effect - if you've had a bad day it can just bleed into your home life, you take it home and go over it in your head and torture yourself. But the characters I really try to leave behind, so when I step out of their shoes, I step well and truly back into my own. I have to, really, because otherwise I think I'd simply drive my friends and family mad. And I do that anyway, for so many other reasons, that I have to try to at least spare them this! Hide
[on the most important lesson that life has taught her] Go live it. Grab it. But be very kind on the Show more [on the most important lesson that life has taught her] Go live it. Grab it. But be very kind on the way. Hide
But I'm not a female lead. I don't play romantic heroines, and that's a good thing because they tend Show more But I'm not a female lead. I don't play romantic heroines, and that's a good thing because they tend to be very dull parts. (July 2006) Hide
You only do good work when you're taking risks and pushing yourself and failing really badly. You only do good work when you're taking risks and pushing yourself and failing really badly.
[on how her Irish accent is:] Pretty good. I'm half Irish. [on how her Irish accent is:] Pretty good. I'm half Irish.
I doubt also I could do anything else. My skill set is limited I would be useless at most things! Tr Show more I doubt also I could do anything else. My skill set is limited I would be useless at most things! Truly. Acting I get. Mostly. And as long as I am still paid to do it I will keep going... I will keep going until I am kindly and politely asked to leave! Hide
And I'm the sort of person who prefers to disappear into roles. I know how naff that sounds but I do Show more And I'm the sort of person who prefers to disappear into roles. I know how naff that sounds but I do, and besides, I'm not interesting. I'm dull! Hide
Sally Hawkins's FILMOGRAPHY
as Actor (32)
Sally Hawkins Sally Hawkins'S roles
Vivienne Graham
Vivienne Graham

Miss Lucy
Miss Lucy

Mrs. Joe Gargery
Mrs. Joe Gargery

Jill Tate
Jill Tate

Olga
Olga

Julie
Julie

Anne Elliot
Anne Elliot

Poppy
Poppy

Ginger
Ginger

Mrs. Brown
Mrs. Brown

Mrs. Reed
Mrs. Reed

Maud Lewis
Maud Lewis

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