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    • Lena: I was 17 when I got my first job. I had not gone to drama school. I was lucky and just fell into it. I was asked to audition for a film when I was 17 and did that.

    • Lena: [when asked if she always wanted to be an actress] Yeah, but it's strange - I did, and I do, but directing is now hugely interesting me as well.

    • Lena: You can't take anything for granted for a second otherwise you trip up. More than anything, I believe life is all about timing. I know certainly every situation in my life has been like "why now"? and it's a test or a beautiful moment. That's why life is so gorgeous.

    • Lena: [on if The Brothers Grimm was a very difficult shoot.] Yes it was. I have to say when I left that job I didn't know if I wanted to be in this business. It really made me feel like that.

    • Lena: I feel like my career has been like an elastic; I've almost had the big breakthrough role so many times and then been back to where I started. "I've given up thinking, 'This is it,' as it makes you dizzy, so I'm just going to do what I do and if things happen then they happen.

    • Lena: I'm kind of a binger when it comes to staying in shape, one good month, one bad month. So I took up boxing in clubs in south London. I found a tiny gym over a pub, and I fell in love with it. A former boxer runs it, and he's teaching me to spar. I wear a head protector and a chest protector. It demands stamina and strength, and it's really incredibly noble as a sport. I haven't gone to the bouts yet, but I'd like to.

    • Lena: [about the cuisine in Czech Republic when shooting Brothers Grimm] We were in Prague, so the catering wasn't that amazing. If you liked your scrambled eggs lukewarm and discoloured, then it was fabulous..

    • Lena: I'm ambitious, but I don't necessarily equate success with being a huge Hollywood star. The dream is to have both a long career and a normal life.

    • Lena: [when asked about magic and supernatural] I do think it exists. It is an endless talking point for people. I believe in the supernatural only because I have had experiences with a ghost since an early age. I have seen too much stuff to think I was crazy or it was a coincidence.

    • Lena: Working with Stellan Skarsgard on Aberdeen (2000), a picture that had a tiny release, is still one of my favourite experiences.

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