Samantha Morton

Minority Report

Interviewed by David Michael

British actor Samantha Morton was only 22 when she received an Oscar nomination for her performance in Woody Allen's "Sweet and Lowdown", and now, at the grand old age of 25, she's starring alongside Tom Cruise in Steven Spielberg's "Minority Report"...

Were you surprised by yourself - appearing alongside Tom Cruise in a Spielberg blockbuster?

No I wasn't, to be honest with you. There you go. I wasn't surprised, because my acting speaks for itself. And because of my sense of humour, I don't think I could ever take myself too seriously and let it go to my head. If it was gonna happen, it would have happened in the UK when I did successful TV [Band of Gold and Emma] - if it's gonna kick in, that's the time it'll kick in.

Compared to your roles in more intimate films like "Under the Skin" and "Morvern Callar", did you do "Minority Report" more for the fun of doing something big?

No I didn't. What people have to remember is, even though this is a blockbuster - because of the money and who's in it - the script was unbelievably brilliant, the story is unbelievably brilliant, it's just not a format film. This is a first for Steven Spielberg; the fact that he cast me... I mean 'hello?', what's he doing?

After your experience on "Minority Report", would you be looking to do more Hollywood films?

Yeah, I'd love to. But I think Hollywood, like British film, shouldn't be generalised. I think there are amazing films made in Hollywood and I think there are terrible films made there. It's the same as some British films that get made - you're like: "What? Who? Why?!"

Would you go and live in LA for a while?

I'd love to go to LA and live for a bit to get a little sun, and I love that you can go and get all your vegetables from Fresh and Wild - a supermarket of organic food, it's great! While in London, you go to a local organic food market and they charge you a fiver for a tomato - I find London really depressing! What I love about London, though, is I'm unknown and even if "Minority Report" does well, I will still be unknown.