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I’m good at pretending to be other people
Saturday, September 26th, 2015

This year’s Donostia Award winner, Emily Watson, gave a press conference in the Kursaal to answer questions about her work. She said that she’d never really had a career plan, but always tries to do things that have something special about them, and that although she began her career in the theatre, it is in cinema and on TV that she feels most comfortable, as she finds it really difficult to repeat the same role again and again.

She feels rather strange to be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award: “I don’t feel old enough, and it’s really funny because I usually go to a festival to support a film. I’m good at pretending to be other people but being me is challenging.”

Asked which of her films really marked her career, she mentions her film debut, Breaking the Waves, with Lars von Trier. Despite the Danish director’s problematic reputation, she had a great experience working with him: “it opened many doors and started me off. I’m not sure I knew what acting was before I made this film.”

As for which actresses she would give the award to, she mentions a few of those forged in the great British theatrical tradition such as Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Judy Dench and Eileen Atkins, and reveals that, having just finished shooting Everest, she’s currently working on a BBC TV adaptation of Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser with Ian McKellen and Anthony Hopkins.

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Emily Watson in San Sebastian.
Emily Watson in San Sebastian.

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