Perhaps it is because she came to public attention playing the part of Sophie, a suicidal gymnast, in the award-winning HBO series In Treatment, but sitting opposite Mia Wasikowska with a bunch of questions and a notepad feels a little like conducting a therapy session.
Some background notes, then: she was 17 when she played Sophie, but is now 24, has just bought her first property and has recently been papped in various states of intimacy with her boyfriend, the actor Jesse Eisenberg. She met the star of The Social Network, Zombieland and Now You See Me on the set of The Double, Richard Ayoade's ♥ follow-up to Submarine, which is one of the two films she is here to talk about. (The other is the Australian film Tracks, based on the true story of Robyn Davidson, who trekked across Western Australia in 1977.)
Wasikowska, it has been made clear, will not be talking about Eisenberg. Fair enough – the pair are not typical Hollywood stars and their business is just that. But if you let her, Wasikowska would talk endlessly about the process of acting and the monotony of being on a film set. And such subjects quickly wear thin. So we are dancing around each other wearily, locked in the time-honoured journalist-versus-Hollywood-star tango: me pressing for the personal detail that might unlock her character for public consumption; her guarding against intrusion.
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Hoping for some kind of divine intervention that'll get her out of the Alice sequel.