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Eve: I wanted to pay back parents

Alice Eve has revealed she felt a duty to succeed at university to pay back her parents for her expensive education, before becoming an actress.

The Men In Black 3 actress is the daughter of actors Trevor Eve and Sharon Maughan, and revealed that while she had always wanted to follow in their footsteps, she read English at Oxford University as a way of thanking her parents for paying to send her to private school.

Eve, who is on the EE Rising Star Award jury this year, revealed: "When I learned that you had to choose to do something, I thought that seemed like a sensible option for me. I didn't really ever want to do anything else. I thought that this was by far and away the best job in the world, and i still think that it is."

The 32-year-old added: "I think I felt the need to prove myself in my education. That was where I was encouraged to try and excel. I wanted to do well in exams and get into the university I went to.

"After that I felt that I had pleased my parents, who had sent me through an expensive private education. I felt that I wanted to pay back - if your parents pay for you to be educated, you certainly want to pay them back.

"And once I'd done that I felt a little bit freer to just do what I liked in terms of my work."

Eve - who is currently filming action film Criminal in London with Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Oldman - admitted she had been a little daunted when she was first asked to be on the jury for the Bafta Rising Star Award.

The Star Trek Into Darkness star said: "Being on a jury is quite complicated, because you have to take on a position of judgment, which I don't really like. But in the end it turned out to be rather democratic and quite a creative endeavour, so I enjoyed it."

Alice joins actor-turned-director Dexter Fletcher and a panel of industry experts, chaired by producer and deputy chair of Bafta's Film Committee, Pippa Harris on the jury to find the next EE Rising Star.

The jury's five nominees will be announced and put up for public vote on Wednesday January 7 next year. Voting is available to all UK residents and the winner will be announced at the EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday February 8, 2015.

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