Rachel Hannah Weisz (born 7 March 1970) is an English film and theatre actress and former fashion model.
Weisz began her acting career at Trinity Hall, Cambridge in the early 1990s, then started working in television, appearing in Inspector Morse, the British mini-series Scarlet and Black, and the television film Advocates II. She made her film debut in the film Death Machine (1994), but her breakthrough role came in the film Chain Reaction (1996), leading to a high-profile role as Evelyn Carnahan-O’Connell in the films The Mummy (1999) and The Mummy Returns (2001). Other notable films featuring Weisz are Enemy at the Gates, About a Boy, Constantine, The Fountain and The Constant Gardener, for which she received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors’ Guild award for her supporting role as Tessa Quayle. In 2006, Weisz received the BAFTA Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year. She has recently played Evanora in Oz the Great and Powerful.
1. THE HAPPIEST DAYS OF MY YOUTH WERE WHEN MY BROTHER AND I WOULD RUN THROUGH THE WOODS AND FEEL QUITE SAFE.
2. YOU GET PERSPECTIVE ON THINGS WHEN YOU’RE AWAY FROM YOUR CHILD, AND IN A WAY, YOUR LOVE FOR THEM BECOMES EVEN DEEPER.
3. L.A. MAKES YOU FEEL UGLY.
4. I WAS A TOMBOY.
5. I DON’T BELIEVE YOUR SOUL MATE HAS TO SHARE YOUR POLITICS.
6. I’M NOT CONFIDENT AROUND COMPLIMENTS OR BEING CELEBRATED, AND I’M NOT COMFORTABLE WITH THE THOUGHT OF ENVY, WHICH SOME PEOPLE THRIVE ON.
7. BAD THINGS HAPPEN WHEN PEOPLE WORK TOGETHER. EVERYTHING GOES OUT OF CONTROL.
8. BOTOX SHOULD BE BANNED FOR ACTORS, AS STEROIDS ARE FOR SPORTSMEN. ACTING IS ALL ABOUT EXPRESSION; WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO IRON OUT A FROWN?
9. THE OLDER YOU GET THE MORE CAPABLE YOU GET AT MANAGING LIFE.
10. AS A CHILD I WAS THE BEST TREE CLIMBER IN OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD, I WAS LIKE A LITTLE MONKEY. I’VE NEVER BEEN AFRAID OF HURTING MYSELF OR A LITTLE PHYSICAL DISCOMFORT.
11. FOR ME, BEING A MUM HAS BEEN A REALLY, REALLY INSTINCTIVE THING.
12. I ALWAYS DO MY INTERVIEWS FACE TO FACE.
13. I AM DEFINITELY A WORRIER.
14. AS AN ACTRESS, IT’S PART OF YOUR JOB TO BE ABLE TO IMAGINE JUST ABOUT ANYTHING – EVEN IF IT’S NOT WITHIN YOUR PERSONAL EXPERIENCE.
15. I’M SLIGHTLY UNSURE AS TO WHAT MY GOAL IS. I JUST KEEP DOING JOBS.
16. I WAS ADVISED BY AN AMERICAN AGENT WHEN I WAS ABOUT 19 TO CHANGE MY SURNAME.
17. I’M TOO DISORGANIZED.
18. I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT SCIENCE.
19. I DIDN’T THINK THE TEACHERS HAD THE RIGHT TO TELL ME WHAT TO DO. I WOULD JUST DISOBEY, TALK IN THE CLASSROOM, GET VERY BAD GRADES.
20. I’M THINKING OF DOING MORE THEATRE. IT MAKES ME VERY HAPPY.
21. MY REAL FANTASY IF I WAS TO DROP OUT WOULD BE TO LIVE IN A MOBILE HOME AND BE A HIPPIE AND DRIVE AROUND FESTIVALS AND HAVE MILLIONS OF CHILDREN – CHILDREN WITH DREADLOCKS AND NOSE RINGS – AND PLAY THE FLUTE.