It’s depressing, but that’s all I’ve ever done. So I don’t know what I would have done, although I’ve always loved radio and certainly through film promotion, I’ve spent a lot of time on different radio stations and with different hosts and things like that. And I’ve always really loved it. I love the buzz of it, going to see Zoe Ball and stuff. It’s like she’s running around her studio pushing buttons and pulling people in and doing great interviews and playing great music and no one sees her. That seems perfect to me. So I would really like to do something like that. Or something that involved eating, maybe that would be fun.
How do you take care of yours mental health?
I have wonderful people very close to me that I can talk to. Again, cold water is great for your mental health. Cold showers in the morning are great. Jumping into the sea is great. Music really helps me, to be honest… I’ll go in and out of meditation and things like that, but I’m very lucky. I have wonderful people to talk to. I also like being alone and I think that can be very helpful too, having some time to yourself. And actually having an animal around is a great addition to your life. It gives you something else to focus on that isn’t you.
Last question. What is the best advice you ever received and from whom?
One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a brilliant director, John Crowley, who I did Brooklyn v. I was trying to figure out if I should do this job that was offered to me. On paper, it was something I absolutely had to do, and I’d be an idiot to turn it down. But for a number of reasons, the idea of doing so stresses me out. He told me that you have to protect your relationship with your work. It’s its own little separate thing. It is separate from you. And it’s separate from the final draft. In any industry, it’s the relationship you have with your work, and you have to look after it, nurture it and respect it. He said, always do only the things you want or need to do. Don’t do the things that Must do. I’ve always kept it in my head ever since he said it.
See How They Run starring Saoirse Ronan is now in UK cinemas.