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I’m not a posh bird

from The Press Association (UK)

Sophia Myles has insisted it’s a myth that she’s a “posh bird”.

The actress – who has starred in films such as Thunderbirds and Underworld – has played several refined characters and thinks it’s funny that she’s seen as posh.

She laughed: “The biggest myth about me is I’m like the posh bird – I’m totally not.”

The London-born star added: “I’m a vicar’s daughter, but I learned to speak posh because my dad’s first parish when I was younger was Notting Hill Gate, so we were surrounded by a lot of people saying, ‘Oh ya.’ I picked up that when I was a kid, but it’s not in my blood.

“I’m an actor so I can pretend to be whatever you want really. I’ve always tried to avoid being typecast.”

Sophia’s latest movie, the sci-fi epic Outlander, in which she plays a Viking warrior princess, is released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 31 from Momentum Pictures.

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OUTLANDER – Sophia Myles Q+A

from / Official “Freya” Q&A

So what appealed to you about the role of Freya?
Sophia: Quite often, women in films — especially period films — are just the damsel in distress, and I liked the fact that Freya was very strong and even quite masculine. And also, being completely honest, I liked the fact that I was the only girl and I was going to be surrounded by lots of very good-looking men! And I’d wanted for a while to do a film that would require some physical work, so this was spot-on. Plus, when I read the script I genuinely wanted to know what happened next in the story, and that doesn’t happen to me very often. So when it does, I try to get the job. It’s a story I thought it would be cool to tell.

What kind of preparation did you go through?
Sophia: First of all they had us on treadmills, running, and then we’d have to lift weights. (Laughs) A lot! (Laughs) Because it’s all about building upper-body strength. And learning a sword fight is like learning a dance. Once we got to Halifax, Nova Scotia, we continued, and we continued doing training while we were shooting. I think they purposely structured it so that the fights were towards the end of the shoot, so we’d have as much time as possible.

How did you enjoy shooting in Canada?
Sophia: Just wonderful. And we went through the seasons. We started in Toronto in T-shirts and jeans, then we got to see the autumn in Canada. It’s up there as one of my favourite movie-making experiences, just because of all the friends we made. We all genuinely liked each other.

How did you enjoy working with John Hurt?
Sophia: John Hurt, man! JOHN HURT! Just listening to his voice. It’s like poetry. It’s great just to sit in a room with him, let alone share a scene. And he’s so funny. He became like our dad. Plus there was Ron Perlman too – such a cool guy.

OK, so what was the toughest part of the shoot?
Sophia: The whole waterfall sequence took us three or four days, by which time Jack had broken his shoulder, and I was wearing a costume with a bare midriff, so I couldn’t have any kind of thermals underneath. By this time it was November, December, in maritime Nova Scotia. We weren’t filming in proper studios — we were filming in big warehouses down on the docks. I remember my mum came to visit. We were just about to go into the waterfall sequence, and she said to John Hurt, “So, John, are you involved in this scene?” He said, “No, darling, I don’t do peasant.” (Laughs) Water work on movies is never good; you’re in it, then you come out, and you’ve got to go back in. And out, and in, and out but I think the stuff that’s the most gruelling on the day, the stuff that really hurts, actually tends to look the best when you see it on the screen.

How about when you had to lie in a pile of dead bodies?
Sophia: Yeah, that wasn’t very nice! Most of them were dummies though, but there quite a lot of real people in there as well. I was doing it on my own so it was strange, and it’s funny how your reflexes kick in. I didn’t want to actually tread on anyone. It’s wasn’t the sexiest scene.

OUTLANDER is released in cinemas across the UK on 24 April

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Diet Diary: Sophia Myles

from Elle (UK), February 2009 / by Carlene Thomas-Bailey

Is the 28 year-old British ACTRESS’s diet more healthy now she lives in LA? ELLE asks a nutritionist for her OPINION on Sophia’s weekly food intake

MONDAY I started thinking more about what I put into my body when I moved to LA last year. For hreaktast, I have wholegrain and sesame-seed cereal with skimmed milk – and a peppermint tea. Lunch is a grilled chicken salad with water. I’m a size eight, but when I gave up smoking three months ago I started eating more and put on a stone. I hired a personal trainer and try to eat more healthily now. Dinner is seared tuna, crispy onion and steamed spinach with miso soup.

TUESDAY I go to a juice bar that Anna Friel introduced me to for a wheatgrass shot with cayenne pepper and ginger, plus an egg-white omelette with tomato. Lunch is a banana and pear with no-fat yoghurt. I’m in-between jobs, so I can have a light lunch – when I’m working I need to keep my energy up. For my role in US vampire TV show Moonlight, I worked through the night – a challenge for my body and my eating patterns. Dinner is blackened cod teriyaki, brown rice and steamed vegetables.

WEDNESDAY Breakfast is porridge with a banana and maple syrup, plus tea with skimmed milk. For lunch I eat a large green salad with grilled vegetables. On my personal trainer’s advice, I snack on fruit and nuts between meals to maintain my blood sugar levels. Dinner is grilled chicken, broccoli and mushrooms saut

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from / by Devin Faraci

Did you know that Jamie Bell is really, really funny? He plays lots of dark, deep, often weird character, but unlike other ‘intense’ young actors, he’s got a great sense of humor and a terrific laugh. I was sort of taken aback by just how funny Bell was, and how light his demeanor was – when I sat in a press conference with him for King Kong he seemed to have much lower energy.

Mister Foe (known in the UK as Hallam Foe) is a fairly twisted coming of age tale from Young Adam director David Mackenzie. Bell stars as Foe, a troubled young man who runs away from his rich family’s estate to be a peeping tom and lovesick hotel employee. The object of his affection: the gorgeous Sophia Myles, also present at this roundtable interview.

Without further ado, the interview:

Jamie can you talk about your character’s great sense of makeup, and of costume?

Bell: Yeah. Apparently girls like guys in in eyeliner um, so, yeah.

Is it the script, or did you create it?

Bell: No, it was all the script. I mean I think it was–it’s his rebellious nature, I think. Especially when we first meet him, he’s someone who’s dealt with loss, the loss of his mother. He’s become a recluse; he’s introverted himself; he’s removed himself from his family life. I feel like it’s an extension of this rebellious, feral warrior, which I think he believes himself to be. That this young person, who’s dealt with loss, has found a way of dealing with it, which is, to become this strange feral creature. So I think that stuff is an extension of that feeling. Also, he’s just weird. He’s just a weird guy. [All Laugh] So if anything, the intelligent answer I think, is it’s an extension of that feeling of loss, and anger, and guilt and everything else, and it’s kind of tribal, the way he puts it on is very defiant. So I think it’s that.

He is weird, and he’s a little creepy sometimes too. So how as an actor, do you get that weirdness, and that creepiness across while also making it so that we’re willing to sit there and go on the journey.

Bell: Right, yeah, it’s tough. I mean ’cause I remember reading over the script, which I was sent because my agent was a massive fan of Dave Mackenzie. (He actually put another one of his clients in one of his early films.) And I remember when I got the script, and I got to, like, page 13, and I was like, “What? He’s called in some other prostitute; he’s angry; he’s looking at mother’s breasts feeding their babies; he’s making notes about it? He’s like interrupting people having sex, and it’s like, why do we like this person again? And I think, ultimately, what David managed to do, is inject this level of–as soon as you realize he’s lost something, as soon as you realize he’s lost his parents, I think you can’t help but sympathize for this person. I feel like for any young person, I think especially a male, losing their mother at that age, I think it’s probably quite heart-breaking. And at that age, you hold a lot in here, and it all builds and builds and builds and as I said he holds so much anger, and so much guilt, such remorse about it that I feel like you can’t help sympathizing when you see that and when that’s explained to you. You kind of accept everything else as part of the extension of that.

Well, it’s kind of lucky that he makes the connection with your character, who’s also damaged, and also has a lot of baggage going into this. I think it kind of helps bring his character along, almost in his maturity, to find someone who’s willing to even put in the time to work on him I guess you can say. Can you talk about what it was like doing a role like this which was very personal and very roller coaster.

Myles: Yeah. I think what’s great is that these characters–I think they find in each other a kind of life raft. And then, Katie confesses that she likes creepy guys, so he’s perfect. [SM and JB Laugh] I was really interested when I read the script and saw a girl my age, or my then age, who worked a 9:00-5:00 office job in the city, and I thought it was very truthfully written. And I like the fact that she’s interesting because on the surface she’s able to project an air of complete confidence, professionalism, calm, poise, but in fact we see through Hallam’s eyes, when he’s…stalking her, that actually there’s a very damaged soul behind closed doors. And I think I like that because I think as human beings we– especially us actors–this is what we do for a living. We put masks on and pretend to be other people. And I thought it was interesting to play somebody that had elements of both light and dark that were explored. And also in film, I haven’t seen for a long time the relationship of an older girl with a younger guy explored in movies, it’s usually the other way around. And as soon as I heard that he was the lead in this film, I wanted to do it.

Bell: Thanks love. [Laugh]

Myles: Yeah. [More Laughing]

That’s an interesting point. you two have some really really great scenes in this film