Sally Phillips is currently in Australia filming comedy drama How To Please A Woman. It's sunny, the beach is nearby, and Perth has just ended a snap three-day lockdown.
She's just had two weeks cooped up in a hotel room, doing the required quarantine with two of her three sons, Olly (17) and Tom (10).
"We'll see who comes out alive!" Phillips joked when we chatted over Zoom shortly before she set off from London.
Thankfully, Phillips' Instagram confirms they all survived the fortnight intact.
It's a funny twist, considering hotels are part of the reason for this interview - Phillips has teamed up with streaming service NOW to mark the recent 20th anniversary of Bridget Jones's Diary, offering fans the chance to win a hotel mini-break just like the one Bridget and Daniel Cleaver had.
"That's the iconic scene from the first film, Bridget and Daniel's mini-break in Stoke Park Hotel in Buckinghamshire," says Phillips, who played Bridget's foul-mouthed best friend Shazza in the 2001 movie and sequels.
"NOW have made it really easy: they've given you the same suite in the hotel, the drive in the open top Mercedes, complementary chardonnay, unlimited ice-cream, and enormous pants!"
So, not only is it a chance for a swanky post-lockdown getaway, "you will still have some of those lockdown comforts like massive pants", Phillips quips.
We caught up with her to ponder self-care, life lessons and the best dad advice…
What things helped you get through lockdown?
"My partner and nature. But I'm so over nature! I remember doing an article last summer, where I talk about walks by the river and my ChirpOMatic [bird identification] app and plant-identification app and how obsessed I was. And that was true, it wasn't a lie, but now I'm just over it.
"We went for a walk the other day, and we no longer wanted to see the park, we went somewhere entirely concrete, a deserted shopping centre. Fantastic."
What does self-care mean to you these days?
"Before [the pandemic], self-care was another thing on my to-do list that was related to work, trying to look not s*** for work. It wasn't something I particularly enjoyed.
"Now, if left to my own devices, I'll get up, make tea, meditate for as long I can get away with. Do pages - the 'artist's way', which I've been doing for 12 or 13 years, where you write your three pages first thing - it's a bit like running a rusty tap, to run the yellow water off to get to the clean stuff.
"So I'd do that, go on the running machine, have breakfast, and then sit down and write. And then go for a long walk in nature, come back and make a healthy dinner, then watch a film and go to bed.
"But that was when there was nothing going on, and really to keep me sane, and obviously most days weren't like that because most days had homeschooling and peeling meals off walls. But self-care to me probably means making space to be quiet, say a prayer or meditate, and being outdoors. And feeding your mind. I can even talk like that now - what a change!"
Is there any advice that's always stuck with you?
"My dad always said to me: 'You're never as good or as bad as they say you are.' And I think that's becoming more and more helpful.
"People kind of flock, you know - you might say one wrong thing on Twitter, or you might be right but everyone gets angry, or you might have made a mistake, yet people decide you should be burnt at the stake. But we're allowed to make mistakes. If people in a group make mistakes, we learn, we bond, we forgive each other, and we're more open. Making mistakes is part of it.
"And you know, you go to these awards ceremonies and things and see people touted as a genius - and there are some geniuses but nearly always, everything is teamwork. And so, even if they're saying you're Jesus on a bike, you won't be. But similarly, you're also not a disgrace to womankind, which is what they might say about you the next day.
"My dad said that, that was very helpful. Everything is always rolling and changing, you're constantly in flux, and we've all got these different layers."
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Bridget Jones's Diary, NOW has launched the ultimate Bridget Mini Break, offering fans the chance to stay in the suite where Bridget and Daniel enjoyed their 'full-blown mini break' (closing date June 27). bridgetminibreak.nowtv.com.