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Wednesday 27 August 2014

Rebecca Hall: My Mendes romance is private

Rebecca Hall

Rebecca Hall finds it strange that so many people care about her romantic life now she's dating Sam Mendes, when previously she was the only one who was interested.

The British actress has been dating the film director for several years, with Sam confirming they had been together for some time in November 2011.

When Sam's split from his now ex-wife Kate Winslet was announced in 2010 there was speculation about the nature of his relationship with Rebecca, which was quickly rebuffed by her. The actress finds the constant interest in her love life hard to handle, not least because previously she hadn't been in the spotlight so much.

"Yeah, get it over with, go on. I’m only gonna tell you to f**k off," she jokingly told British magazine InStyle, when the topic of her relationship was raised.

"No one cared about my love life [before I was with Sam?] I did… I care about my love life.

"It’s what happens when you start going out with a famous person and are a bit famous yourself, I guess. It’s their problem though. Everyone can be interested but I’m still not going to talk about it."

Rebecca did admit she is open to the idea of lasting love and would like to work with Sam again. They have teamed up for a film and plays in the past and she'd love to replicate that time in their lives.

"Of course I’d work with him. He needs to ask me to do something," she laughed.

The 30-year-old star was happier when discussing her professional life, such as her upcoming movie Iron Man 3. Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow also star in the blockbuster, which was why Rebecca got involved.

She is aware some people will see the move as selling out, which irritates her.

"That old chestnut. Yeah, if I thought the film was sh*t, that would be a [fair question]. If I was taking the money and running. But I'm not. It's a big movie that has quality actors and I was genuinely fascinated by the idea of working with Robert Downey Jr.," she said.

"[He is] everything you expect him to be and a little bit more really. His brain works at 100mph."

The two are still in touch and swap texts regularly.

Although she admires some major actors, Rebecca isn't sure she'd like to replicate those kinds of careers. The star fears she would struggle with any more interest in her life.

"If I got too famous I’d just quit acting, but I think it’s highly unlikely I’m going to get really famous..." she said.

Part of the reason she fears being in the public eye is a deep-seated shyness. As a child she was crippled by the affliction, so much so that her parents would constantly asked if she'd managed to make any friends yet.

Even now Rebecca sometimes finds herself shrinking away from people.

"But you get over it, don't you? Then it comes back and haunts you at weird times," she mused. "Rooting for change in my pocket in the newsagent, that's when I get it."

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