Funnily enough – and I’m not just saying this because we’re on the press tour – I had Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger [stuffed toys]. My mum used to do their voices, and it’s exactly what my character, Daphne, does in this film.
My mum was amazing – she used to do so much for us growing up. She used to write me little notes and put them in my lunch box, because she worked a lot and often couldn’t come to school carnivals. That made me feel really special.
I was really annoyed that we didn’t see more of that birth, because I did scream my heart out! [Laughs] I lost my voice for two days afterwards. I really put everything into making that look like the most excruciating childbirth imaginable.
You’re right, it’s been 10 years since I started working full-time as an actor. It still does feel quick. In terms of making the right calls, it’s very much been putting one foot in front of the other and just trying to keep moving forward. There were a lot of decisions along the way that I probably should have taken. But I’ve always thought if it’s not moving me forward, then I’m not doing it.
That I spend all my time sitting on a yacht or at a fancy party or something. I wish it was true! It’s the funniest thing, because making films is the least glamorous thing ever. And, for the most part, you’re sitting at a car park. And you only have portaloos while you’re doing it, and there is nothing glamorous about it. I spend my life on set – thank God, because I’m a working actor – but, honestly, there is absolutely nothing glamorous about it.
Just how different it was to Australia. When I first walked onto set, there was one of those director-looking chairs with my name on the back of it, and I flipped out. I was like, “That is the coolest thing – who did that? Is this a joke or something?” And they were like, “No, it’s written into everyone’s contracts and a union rule to have your own chair with your name on it.”
I love that Aussies have a great reputation in Hollywood. I think it comes from having a good work ethic. Neighbours helped me develop one – it [the filming] moves quickly, and you learn that if you’re not going to show up and do a good job, someone else will take it.