Ellie Bamber wants to be ‘moved’ by the roles she takes on
Ellie Bamber just wants to be “moved” by her characters.
The ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ actress has enjoyed a diverse career to date - since the festive Disney blockbuster came out she has starred in BBC’s dramatic adaptation of ‘Les Miserables’ - and she admitted she has a very simple criteria when it comes to choosing her projects.
Speaking to Stylist magazine, she said: “I’m taken by a story and a character. I’ll read a script and if it touches me and moves me and makes waves, that’s why I’ll choose it.
“Like with Mandy [in upcoming drama ‘The Trial of Christine Keeler’], I thought she was just incredible. That’s my defence for any of the characters I play.”
Bamber, 21, has already taken on a number of varied roles, including India Hastings in dark 2016 thriller ‘Nocturnal Animals’ alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams.
Reflecting on the movie, she admitted: “I feel very lucky to have had that experience and to have worked with Jake. I mean come on - I was like, ‘F**k yeah!’ I respected him, Amy and [Isla Fisher] enormously. Isla was super cool.
“At the time of the film’s release, I saw a poster of ‘Nocturnal Animals’ in the Curzon cinema beside where I live and I was like, ‘Oh my god’. I felt really lucky to be part of it, so seeing it I thought, ‘Oh s**t!’ ”
For ‘Les Mis’, Bamber is joined by another talented cast featuring the likes of Josh O’Connor, Dominic West and ‘The Crown’ star Olivia Colman.
She added: “There is a moment [with us on screen together], yeah. A brief moment.
“I took the train back to London with Olivia and it was the most fun I’ve ever had on a Eurostar... with the Queen! We had a conversation about microwaving eggs. It was very silly.”