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    • Julia: I have a sense that by starting off in the theatre and going off to do films you are seen to sell out in some way. I don't hold truck with that, but you can't stop people from feeling it. So I think people are a little guarded about me. Oh, God! It's never just about the piece. Something else always washes over it.

    • Julia: I ride and doing theatre after doing film is a bit like doing dressage or showjumping after you've been out for endless hacks, having just a wild old time.

    • Julia: I think I enjoy being involved in the philanthropic side of things and have really found the whole existence of refugees very interesting.

    • Julia: I've always felt like I would have to kind of fight against all these other women who are just so incredibly beautiful. So I've always felt that for me as an actress, thinking at it from a totally practical pragmatic point of view is that it does key in as a factor for people casting movies, and so I've always felt that was a bit of a battle for me.

    • Julia: I'd seemed to play a lot of people who'd slit their wrists or cut off their hair or shot themselves or died of the plague. And if you do anything for too long, it starts to lack edge, to become too easy. Easy is the kiss of death.

    • Julia: I mean, the good stuff is just insane - wacky. If you don't take it too much to heart, it does help when the negative stuff hits. And you know the negative stuff is coming. It's got to! What comes up must come down.

    • Julia: (on having played Sabrina) It was a fantastic learning experience and OK, I got slammed because I wasn't Audrey Hepburn... but you could have predicted that, really, if you'd opened your eyes wide enough. But I was hungry for the learning experience and didn't feel secure enough to say no. You need to be bloody secure to say no.

    • Julia: (on her personality) I think I'm quite courageous and can tell a mean dirty joke, but I can also be incredibly scatty and have lousy follow-through.

    • Julia: My sense is that Hollywood is something in the past - I've escaped it.

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