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Imogen Poots: I'm no celebrity

Imogen Poots isn't interested in being a celebrity, she just wants to make movies that audiences will enjoy.

The blonde actress is currently starring in two highly publicised films; blockbuster Need for Speed and quirky suicide comedy A Long Way Down.

Despite her acting success, Imogen is adamant that celebrity status isn't something she's courting.

"It’s a choice you make [fame]. I don’t have it in me to crave that – that’s because of my upbringing. I do my work and go home and don’t go looking for anything else," Imogen explained to British newspaper Metro.

"You want audiences to see the films you’ve done and want your work to be acknowledged within the industry but you don’t need to go to town and put ribbons all over the place... Attracting too much attention. Going out and putting ribbons up everywhere."

Imogen was raised by her journalist mom Fiona and TV producer dad Trevor in London, UK, with her older brother Alex.

Her big break came when she was cast in 2007's 28 Weeks Later, and she hasn't stopped working since.

Reflecting on her past projects, Imogen cites working with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in A Late Quartet as one of her career highs.

"To be in a rehearsal room with those actors – Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken and Catherine Keener – was one of the happiest experiences of my life," she smiled.

"I loved watching how they worked and how relaxed it was – it was a very sedate, lovely, quiet time. No matter what was happening in the scene, there was so much to take on board and you got time to think."

In Need for Speed the 24-year-old takes on the role of Julia Maddon, alongside Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper. The movie is based on the car chase video game of the same title.

Although she enjoyed the experience of working on a fast-paced film set, Imogen is most comfortable on more low-key projects.

"I had a good time working on it and it’s good to work in different genres. You realise what sort of things you don’t want to do as much as the things you do. Something like Long Way Down is where I feel most creatively and artistically fulfilled.

"The genius of the story is that it shows you never know what people you meet each day are going through. No one has an ordinary life," Imogen surmised.

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