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Hayley Atwell quotes

From a very young age, stories fuelled my imagination in the most wonderful way.

I'm not really into makeup, not really into fuffing with hair and stuff.

I can't imagine it if beauty was the only currency I used as an actress. It just doesn't interest me.

It's people's worst fantasy to see their partner kissing someone else, even though it's a job and it's not real.

My first job was a Greek tragedy, and ever since, one job just seemed to roll onto the next. I've been terribly lucky.

Although I grew up in London, I spent summers in Missouri, where my dad lived. It's quite a liberal town, Kansas City. You'd be surprised.

I am often lost in my own world, with a frown on my face.

I don't think I'm curvaceous. It's simply that most other actresses are really, stupidly tiny.

I like characters who have faults. I'm drawn to darker people.

I love firing guns. It's an amazing feeling - so sexy and powerful.

I read a lot of heavy literature when I'm on set, so on holiday I want to indulge in something light-hearted.

I think it's always easier to play parts that you have something concrete that you can relate to.

I'd love to do an action movie. Something with lots of stunts. Anything fast and dangerous and involving guns.

I'm deeply ambitious and I always have been.

Mum wasn't at all religious, but she thought that going to the theatre was as important a ceremonial, communal experience that a person could have.

The main reason I did 'Captain America' was because I wanted to get out of my own head and stop taking my work so seriously.

The things that prey on my mind in London seem to disappear as soon as I find myself in a different environment. Survival mode kicks in.

Because I trained in theater, I always leave a film shoot feeling like I haven't done anything, like I just sat in front of the camera and whispered, essentially.

Documenting trips makes them that much richer. I stick in train tickets and business cards from restaurants. It makes the whole experience poetic, describing the sights, smells and sounds around me. It means I can relive the holiday years later.

I have family dotted everywhere - Dad's in California; I've got aunts in Scotland and Virginia; family in Kansas City; family in Manchester and London.