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Emilia Fox has revealed how she practised getting drunk to play an alcoholic in a new film.
The 35-year-old Silent Witness star will appear alongside Dougray Scott and Jodie Whittaker in time-travelling romantic thriller Harmony later this year, as alcoholic Doris.
Emilia revealed: “We all played three different ages of our character. Mine was a rather unfortunate character who descends into severe alcoholism and misery.
“Playing an alcoholic was very interesting since I’m not a very big drinker so I tried, I thought how can I experience getting drunk?
“I’ve got a mechanism in me that goes ‘I don’t want anymore alcohol’ so I very, very rarely can remember getting drunk, but I did attempt to get drunk to know what the feeling was like on this film, not on my own I have to say, I don’t recommend it.”
She added: “I suppose what was interesting about it acting wise, whilst you’re playing drunk you feel like you need to be sort of slightly overly relaxed and not in control of what you’re doing and yet actually when you are quite drunk you’re trying to take control so you’re a lot more studied and concentrated, so it was trying to get that balance which was quite interesting.”
Butterflies seem to love Emilia Fox. When I meet her in a polytunnel in Hertfordshire they are clinging to her hair and clothes. “They only like me because I’m covered in rotten banana,” admits the 35-year-old Silent Witness star, whose father is the actor Edward Fox. “But for me they’ve always been these mythical, elite creatures. I suppose I’m overly romantic. I love flowers, too – you’ve got to smell those chocolate anemones.”
This is a girl whose first experience of true love was that of her canaries, Samson and Delilah, when she was a small child. “Samson would sing all day and Delilah, who was voluptuous and sexy, would sit on her eggs,” she says. “But she laid too many and died and Samson never sang again. We got him a new lover but she was ghastly and henpecked him and he went to the back of his cage and fell off his perch. It was devastating.”
When Fox married fellow actor Jared Harris in 2005, butterflies fluttered about her head as she came out of the church. Unfortunately, the relationship ended in divorce last year but it is roses once more in Fox’s life. She has recently announced she is expecting a baby with her boyfriend, Jeremy Gilley, 40, a documentary film-maker.
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Silent Witness star Emilia Fox is pregnant – three years after a miscarriage led to her marriage split.
The actress, 35, is expecting her first child with film-maker and charity campaigner Jeremy Gilley, 41, in the autumn.
A friend said: “They’ve only just started telling people. Emilia hasn’t always had it easy, so we’re pleased for her.”
Last year Emilia revealed she suffered a miscarriage with then husband, Jared Harris, during their threeyear marriage.
I am enchanted by butterflies, and being among them is incredibly therapeutic. They remind me of heady summers growing up in Dorset and running around my parents’ garden. They [the actors Joanna David and Edward Fox] allowed it to grow wild and uncultivated. I used to chase butterflies and I was obsessed with the Flower Fairies books.
When I married [the actor, Jared Harris] in 2005, we released rare butterflies at our wedding. They had been bred for us by the lepidopterist Clive Farrell, who came up with the idea for Butterfly World. His nursery houses are full of butterflies that cloud around your head. I’m overwhelmed by his love and care for them. They’re a barometer of the environment and levels of pollution, they chart what’s happening.
I wish I could say I had a fitness regime, but in London I just can’t make myself exercise. When I lived in LA, fitness and going to the gym were part of everyday life. But now with such long hours at work, from 6am until 8pm, the last thing I want to do is jump on the treadmill.
Actor Emilia Fox is interviewed in the Times today, not to talk about her sterling work in BBC1′s Silent Witness but to talk … butterflies. No, not the BBC sitcom classic either, but Butterfly World in St Albans. “When I married in 2005 we released rare butterflies at our wedding,” she tells the paper. She’s less keen on spiders, though. “In Australia a flying spider landed on the windscreen of the car I was in and I threw myself out because It thought it was inside.”
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