The RadioTimes have published a new interview with Emilia. You can read it right here:
How far have women come in the acting world? The Secrets stars discuss how the industry has changed
I often get asked if my family sits around the table talking about acting [Fox is the daughter of actors Joanna David and Edward Fox, her cousin is Lewis detective Lawrence Fox and her younger brother Freddie is also an actor]. Never! Yet it is like a family business where you know a language and you have seen the great highs – and also the great lows. My childhood was so far from glamorous. My parents really struggled to give me a great education at a certain cost to their own lives, so my rose-tinted spectacles were off. I didn’t want to act; I wanted to carve an independent path, to use my Oxford degree.
It was a coincidence of life. I normally waitressed in university holidays but I got asked to audition for Pride and Prejudice by a director who had worked with my mum and known me as a little girl. My next job was Rebecca – opposite Charles Dance, Diana Rigg and Faye Dunaway. My biggest worry was that people would say I got the part because mum had played Rebecca 20 years previously. In fact, they took my name off the audition so that I could never have accusations of nepotism thrown at me.
I look at my mum and I think she’s found it harder as an actress because there were fewer and fewer roles as women got older. Times have changed. Nor need women resign themselves to playing the ingénue or the love interest. I have been especially lucky because I’ve had Silent Witness, which has been such a strong female role.
Job description is not important to me; whatever anyone wants to call me as long as I’ve got work. It’s the same when people say, “Do you want to be called Millie or Emilia?” I don’t care!
My mum put her children before her career, which made things very difficult when she wanted to come back into the industry. I haven’t had to make that choice: I was able to work all the way through my pregnancy and I was back at work within three months doing Merlin and Silent Witness. I found it hard being away from Rose and so they encouraged me to bring her on set. She’s three now and very much part of the Silent Witness family.
Would I like Rose to follow in my footsteps? Judging by her performances at home, it’s almost inevitable! If she does want to, I will support her all the way, through the good times and the bad.