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Suki Waterhouse: 'Acting is my mountain to climb'

Published 21/04/2016

Suki Waterhouse
Suki Waterhouse

Suki Waterhouse asked her dad to help her get up to scratch with World War II for her new film, Churchill.

Suki Waterhouse is focusing on developing her acting skills as she tries to make it as a movie star.

The model is a runway regular, but she’s decided to follow in the footsteps of Cara Delevingne and Agyness Deyn and become an actress.

“Making a movie is like a huge mountain you have to climb — at the beginning you meet all these new people and you don’t know what they are going to be like,” the 24-year-old told Britain’s Evening Standard newspaper.

"It’s this huge wave you ride. One of my biggest insecurities is that I didn’t train, but that’s not necessarily the only way.”

She’s already had roles in Insurgent, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Love, Rosie, working with some of Hollywood’s hottest new names. Despite her lack of dramatic training, Suki has been soaking up on-set learning.

“I’m just a bit of a sponge. I’ve been really lucky as I’ve got to be around some of the best actresses of my age,” she smiled. "I’ve got to work with Lily Collins, Shailene Woodley, Lily James and I just worked with Emma Roberts and they were all the leading ladies of the films. It’s definitely been invaluable.”

Next up she can be seen Churchill, a ticking-clock thriller following Winston Churchill in the 24 hours before D-Day. She stars opposite Stanley Tucci and Miranda Richardson, but it was a non-actor she turned to when she needed to brush up on her war knowledge.

“Luckily, I’ve got my dad. He’s one of the most well-read people,” she said. "If you could see our living room — we’ve got masks and Greek and Roman helmets and all this stuff.

“He loves helping me so I’ll just do crash courses with him. It makes up for my bad schooling.”

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