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Thursday 17 April 2014

Helen Hunt: Fan mail boosts confidence

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 16: Actress Helen Hunt attends the Premiere of 'The Sessions' during the 56th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon West End on October 16, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images for BFI)

Helen Hunt has spoken about how one letter from a fan boosts her “self-esteem” while on set.

The actress plays a professional sex surrogate in The Sessions, which focuses on a paralysed man who wants to lose his virginity.

She has received an Academy Award nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category for her performance in this film.

While shooting the picture, she found one message from one of her supporters to be incredibly encouraging.

“Mike Nichols wrote me a letter,” she told People magazine.

“I’ve got it up on my corkboard for self-esteem.”

Helen was naked quite often in The Sessions.

In order to depict her character accurately, she couldn’t be shy about her body.

“Not being self-conscious when you’re naked [was the key to the role]!” she declared.

The actress has also received nods from the BAFTAs and Golden Globes during this year’s awards season for her performance in The Sessions.

Helen admits that director Ben Lewin was disappointed that her involvement was only deemed to be a supporting role, rather than leading actress. However, Helen insisted the classification is correct.

“The first thing I found out this time around is that I don’t get to decide! But when I first saw the movie, I said, 'That’s a supporting part’. She’s not in the movie for the first half-hour,” the actress revealed in an interview with British newspaper The Telegraph recently.

The 85th Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center and hosted by Seth MacFarlane on February 24.

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