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Empire recently caught up with Rebecca to discuss the movies that have impacted her life. It’s a great read–be sure to take a look if you haven’t already.

What was the first movie you ever saw?
The one I remember watching a lot when I was tiny is probably The Wizard Of Oz. My mum’s American and she raised me on the Golden Age of Hollywood. I didn’t watch TV or a lot of films that were of my time..

What was the movie that inspired you to go into films?
When I was eight, nine, ten years old I was obsessed with All About Eve. It’s a film about theatre people, so I suppose it inspired me to act. And I just thought Bette Davis was incredibly… cool (laughs). I think it was something about her combination of larger-than-life campery and a raw humanity that doesn’t have any vanity, really. That’s what interested me about film: the capacity to do great glamour and something that can be very ugly and very true at the same time.

What was the last movie you saw that reminded you of your childhood?
Kind Hearts And Coronets. Not that it reminds me of my childhood, but it reminds me of sitting with my dad (Peter Hall) and him saying, “You should watch this because it’s a great film.” I just thought, “This is a crazy film and it’s brilliant!” It’s still one of my favourites.

What was the last movie that made you cry with laughter?
[Jackass Presents:] Bad Grandpa. I saw it a couple of days ago and I did weep a little. Especially the bit where he’s lying on that bed that he’s trying to sell at a junk sale and it starts folding him in two… I thought I was gonna be sick I was laughing so hard.

What was the last movie that made you fight back the tears?
Blue Is The Warmest Colour. I loved it.

What was the last movie that you watched from behind the sofa?
Well, I did have the instinct to watch Bad Grandpa from behind the sofa…in a cringing sense. I know it’s not scary.

What was the last movie that made the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end?
Wong Kar-Wai’s The Grandmaster. It’s so beautiful and has thrilling fight scenes.

What was the last movie that inspired your fashion sense?
Actually, I know exactly. It’s a film called The Holiday that stars Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, and she just has a series of great high-waisted skirts that I’ve now found myself wearing all the time: mid-length high-waisted skirts (laughs), and the kind of shirt thing. And also a film that an actress called Anouk Aimèe is in called Liolà, where she’s the other end of the spectrum I suppose, because she’s playing a stripper in. But she’s got some great outfits (laughs)!

What’s the last movie that taught you a life skill?
I don’t know… I keep thinking of physical comedy stuff… I’m not sure it’s a life skill but I keep thinking of Buster Keaton in The General for some reason. But teaching me how to sit on the back of a train in a comedic manner is not really a life skill (laughs)! I think if I was ever called upon for some extreme physical comedy I would watch Buster Keaton and learn.

What’s the last movie you couldn’t stop thinking about?
You know what? It’s probably Blue Is The Warmest Colour. Or 12 Years A Slave. Both have stayed in my memory.

What was the last movie you watched that you wish you’d appeared in?
Any of those ensembles that Paul Thomas Anderson does. Probably Magnolia. I wish I’d been in Magnolia.

What was the last movie that surprised you?
This is a personal one. It’s documentary film The Square. Two of my very closest friends from college are Khalid Abdalla and Cressida Trew, who are now married, and Cressida shot a lot of it and Khalid’s one of the three people it followed. And I’ve been speaking with them on Skype over the past three years while they’ve been living in Cairo, and I suppose I didn’t expect to have my visual imagination so blown apart by the film. I found it very surprising and moving.

What will be the next movie you see?
At the risk of sounding extremely self-serving, it’s gonna be (Hall’s new film) Transcendence. I haven’t seen it yet (laughs)! Apart from that, probably the next film I’ll see, which I’ve been wanting to see for a while, is The Great Beauty, by Paolo Sorrentino.

What was the last movie that made you want to download the music?
I recently downloaded a song by a band called Spectral Display from the ’80s [It Takes A Muscle To Fall In Love]. It was featured in a movie directed by Antonio Campos called Simon Killer. It plays quite heavily in it, and I immediately went and downloaded it, and I’ve listened to it a lot recently.

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