What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Swimming naked in the sea.
What is your greatest fear?
Being eaten by a shark.
Which talent would you most like to have?
To be able to play a musical instrument—the violin.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
T. E. Lawrence.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Being too controlling and a bit obsessive-compulsive.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
What is your greatest extravagance?
What is your favorite journey?
From the dressing room to the stage and back again.
What do you dislike most about your appearance?
That I can’t disappear more often.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“Great,” “Really?,” “No, I’m fine.”
What is your greatest regret?
Not spending more time with my parents when they were alive.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Having a transforming encounter with a Work of Art, either as a listener, viewer, reader, spectator, or participant.
When and where were you happiest?
Swimming in Voidokilia Bay in the southern Peloponnese.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
I don’t want to come back as anything or anyone.
What is your most treasured possession?
I try not to have one, but I would be upset if I lost a pair of cuff links given to me by my mother.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Where would you like to live?
Near the sea—on a coastline.
What is your favorite occupation?
Reading and watching movies very early in the morning when I can’t sleep.
What is your most marked characteristic?
Staring too hard and too long at people, but then zoning out midway through a conversation.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
Same as in a woman: open-mindedness and a sense of humor.
What do you most value in your friends?
Their loyalty and patience.
Who are your favorite writers?
Shakespeare, Dostoyevsky, Homer, Ibsen, Chekhov, T. S. Eliot, Beckett.
Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Who are your heroes in real life?
All the men and women who dedicate their lives to the well-being, education, and safety of others.
What are your favorite names?
Abraham, Miranda, Thomas, Natasha.
What is it that you most dislike?
Being late, being unprepared, junk food, Facebook, and Twitter.
How would you like to die?
Instantly, with my boots on.
What is your motto?
“The readiness is all.”