August 08, Share this article: Sally Hawkins might be turning industry heads for all the right reasons, but you won't catch the Oscar-nominated actress mingling in celebrity circles anytime soon. She tells buzz that while fame might come with the territory, her work is the only thing that truly matters.
You would expect someone of Sally Hawkins's stature to be up-to-date with awards season gossip - but my news of her being tipped for Oscar success next year has come as quite a surprise.
Ah that's great, I don't read any of it! Advertisement "All I care about is making people happy and doing the best job I can," she continues, her voice quietened. Tipped for the Best Actress gong, the London-born star - who was previously nominated for an Academy Award for her part in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine - excels in the film that charts the unlikely romance between Lewis and curmudgeonly recluse Everett played by the remarkable Ethan Hawke.
Landing the titular role opposite Hawke was a "true gift", gushes Hawkins. I was very moved by that. It was an excuse to paint and pick up a brush again, which I just adored. They're not exclusive to one or the other. Not to mention her impressive turn on Broadway in Mrs Warren's Profession. Advertisement She's a risk taker who always gives her all, so when it came to channelling Lewis - an intelligent woman, hunched with gnarled hands from arthritis - the stakes were high.
It always feels like I don't do enough, you always want to do more, because you're creating a real-life person but without imitation. Life is hard, whatever you are, whoever you are, and that's part of it. Previously stating she likes to "disappear" in between roles. Is she worried that will becoming increasingly difficult as Hollywood beckons?
Advertisement "Of course, inevitably, I do worry that you're less able to disappear into parts, because you're less able to do your job well when people no longer see the character, but see you It's what I value; I value that it's a part of myself, my heart, it's sacred who I am in my private life. That's for me and that's for me alone. I love acting, but I'm not very good at being a celebrity. Not that I have ever wanted to or need to be," adds Hawkins, who will reprise her role as Mary Brown in Paddington 2 later this year.