I was always in trouble from an early age. I had a fraught relationship with my parents, who were very traditional. Doing plays at school was a joyous release.
My mum made a conscious decision not to teach me any Indian languages so I wouldn't talk with an accent.
Older women know who they are, and that makes them more beautiful than younger ones. I like to see a face with some character. I want to see lines. I want to see wrinkles.
In general, I try to avoid anything that I'm in. I've been that way for awhile. I don't know why. You have to watch, professionally, the things that you're required to watch, but it's not something that I would sit down and watch, again and again.
If you don't take the chance to live life, what can you say at the end of it?
I'm not an academic, but I've always loved poetry since I've been small.
It is not easy to get parts in mainstream films for most people of color. Hollywood and British writers are not writing parts for us, or the directors are not interested in casting us in parts that are color-blind.
People have souls, and we all accept that cities have souls, too. It's why the locations are so important.
The unknown is always frightening.
Just because I never went to university doesn't mean you can't read, although I do feel a bit uneducated from time to time.
Los Angeles is the only place that I can honestly say I have ever called home.
TV is an extraordinary medium. You can do things with TV that you just can't do on film. There's so much more time, there's the opportunity for development, and you can let things lay dormant for a period. You can't really do that in two hours or three hours in a movie, that often, I would say.
I never felt at home in London, because people were constantly telling me I didn't belong here, so after a while, you tend to believe that.
I think any actor should be aware of where they're starting to stretch into what's not truthful.
Only when I came to America did I think of myself as British.
I've always liked women who are older. They seem to know who they are, and they've lived. They've got soul, and that's very attractive.
A slice of hot, buttered toast is the perfect meal. It's not too much and not too little, and it gives you just the right buzz.
The older I get, the more I'm prepared to do things for the money.
Lets just say I was really bad. Now I have grown into myself. I have changed.
I think that reality TV is so bad. It is a tool by the media to not make people think.
I think I may have failed at a lot of things, but the one thing I can say, and that I'm proud of, is that I am a good parent.
We emphasize our differences by nationality, race and financially.It's our common humanity that defines us.
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