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Browning: School kept me grounded

Emily Browning has credited staying at school with helping her cope with growing up in the spotlight.

The 25-year-old Australian star began acting aged 10, appearing in films such as Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events. But unlike other former child stars her age, Emily has managed not to let fame affect her.

Emily said: " I came to LA when I was about 14 and I took a year off from regular schooling and I was just working with a tutor - and I hated it! I was just like, 'Man I want to be back with my friends.'

"And then I went back home and intentionally took three years off to finish high school, and I think that definitely helped. I think it's important to have some semblance of a normal upbringing.

"When I first wanted to start acting, my parents kind of freaked out about it. They definitely never pushed me in that direction and they wanted to make sure I was getting enough time at school between jobs.

And it definitely has to do with my parents - they always instilled in us that mentality of 'you are special but so is everyone else'.

"It was like, 'You're making this film but your brother has this really important basketball game that we're going to go and watch.' They just didn't give a s*** really, which was nice."

The Magic Magic star doesn't court celebrity - and admitted she struggles with social networking.

She revealed: "I don't have a Twitter account, I think there are some fake ones out there. I've had a look at them a couple of times and it's quite funny.

"But I can't do it, it freaks me out. I've only just started an Instagram account which I'm really bad at. I don't know what I'm doing and I don't know what pictures to put up. It's like, 'Me eating pizza.' I'll probably get rid of it soon, because it kind of gives me anxiety.

"But the idea of Twitter - I can't. I just don't think I have anything interesting to say.

"But it is strange to know that there are people tweeting as me who have probably never met me. It's very odd."

:: Emily stars in Magic Magic which is released in cinemas and on Virgin Movies from April 18, and on DVD from April 28, 2014.

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