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Sunday 3 May 2015

Romola Garai's One Day tears

Romola Garai found One Day really upsetting
Romola Garai found One Day really upsetting

Romola Garai has revealed David Nicholls book One Day "destroyed" her because the ending was so sad.

The 29-year-old actress - who stars as producer Bel in BBC show The Hour - appears alongside Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess in the new film adaptation of the hit novel.

Romola said: "It's an amazing novel. I cried! I was destroyed at the end!"

She went on: "A friend of mine finished it at 3 in the morning. She rang me at 7. I was like 'I'm an out-of-work actor. Why are you ringing me at 7 in the morning?' And she was like 'I've been awake since 3 o'clock and it's really got me.' Very sad."

The Atonement star also plays a drug addict in new film Junkhearts and after becoming so well known for playing period roles she is pleased to have been cast in something more contemporary.

Romola said: "I would like to do more contemporary films.

"I think it's difficult... I'm not moaning. I don't want to sound like I'm complaining - I'm so lucky.

"But you can't get away from the way you've been perceived and defined as a star. It's a pointless exercise. The point of being a movie star is that people cast you in a role. Actors tie themselves in knots trying to get out of that.

"The only thing you can want from it as a job is as much diversity as possible. If you have the opportunity as an actor to control your career in any way, then you've won the jackpot. It's not a job with any control at the best of times."

:: Romola stars in The Hour which is available now on BBC DVD and iTunes.

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