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CHICAGO SUN-TIMES – Rebecca Hall has advice for all the aspiring thespians out there: Going for broke actually can pay off in a big way.

“I got my first break after filming myself reading a scene on my digital camera,” she says. “Like every other girl out there, I thought I’d never hear again. A few days later, I got a call saying, ‘Can you come in and read with Christian Bale?’ ”

Hall laughs. “So, if you’re sitting in your room thinking that tape you’re making of yourself will go nowhere, change your mind and think, ‘Yes, I have to do this. I have to take a chance. Careers are made out of taking chances.’ ”

The 31-year-old went on to star with Bale in “The Prestige” and also did roles in “The Town” and “Iron Man 3.” These days, she’s a London lawyer involved in a terrorism trial opposite Eric Bana in “Closed Circuit.”

Q. You play a lawyer opposite Eric Bana on two sides of a trial. Complicating matters is they had a love affair in the past. Did you like that twist?

A. There’s an old adage that you can’t have a good love story unless the romance is thwarted in some day. These two characters have very concrete obstacles. Part of the deal with the trial is they can’t have communication. These are two people who just had an affair that wrecked his marriage. It becomes a very interesting dynamic.

Q. What was like to work with Eric? Too bad he’s not that handsome.

A. (Laughing) Yeah, it worked out very well. The truth is we got along very well. I had no idea how fun he is. He’s a stand-up comedian. I found him so wicked and easy to be around.

Q. The film asks how much surveillance we can stand in our lives. Your opinion?

A. It’s a very complicated area. There is this tension between what we demand in a democracy to stay safe and the liberties we crave. What I love about this film is that it keeps the discussion going. And it makes you think. I do think we need to think about it and have our say. We can’t sit back quietly.

Q. Next year you’ll be seen in “Transcendence,” with Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman, about technological singularity. Most of the film is shrouded in secrecy. Can you give us a clue?

A. It’s the directorial debut of Wally Pfister, who is the most experienced first-time director I’ve ever worked with. It was a great experience. Really formidable. Working with Johnny and Morgan was a plethora of riches. I loved it. But I can’t tell you anything more. It should be shrouded in mystery. The more we keep it a mystery, the better.

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