Kelly Reilly comes out in a “cold sweat” when she attends premieres.
The 36-year-old actress has been in a number of hit films over the years, working with the likes of Denzel Washington in Flight and Robert Downey Jr. in both Sherlock Holmes installments. Although she is confident in front of the camera, Kelly struggles with the attention which comes with promoting her work.
“Nothing brings me out in more of a cold sweat than a premiere. I was invited to New York Fashion Week – no way. I have zero fascination with that world and feel incredibly awkward in it, I just can’t do the schmooze. It does bemuse people, especially in America, where it’s all about getting attention all the time. If I say, ‘No, I don’t want to do that; I don’t have a Twitter account or a Facebook page,’ then they ask, ‘What’s wrong with you?’” she explained to British newspaper The Telegraph.
“Maybe I’d be in a very different place in my career if I did all that stuff; it certainly can be to the frustration of my agent, but it’s just not who I am. I’m not interested in being known as Kelly, it’s about the characters I play. In an industry that’s all about pretending, you’ve got to be truthful to who you are.”
Kelly married her American husband Kyle Baugher in 2012. The couple divide their time between Manhattan and the Hamptons, but the actress admits she often misses her come country.
“England is always home, but I have made my life here. I suffered terrible homesickness at first – for English people, pubs, humor, all my family and friends – but I love New York, it’s my favorite city,” she explained. “[I did my statutory stint in Los Angeles]. But it wasn’t for me. A city that’s all about my industry brings me out in a rash; it can be the loneliest place in the world. I need four seasons and rain in my life.”
Kelly’s career began on British TV in Prime Suspects in 1995, which also starred Dame Helen Mirren. Having been acting for a while, the strawberry blonde star is now enjoying more “complex” roles in her career.
“Our world is so ageist. I remember when I was 27, being told, ‘Don’t ever tell anyone you’re older than 23’. But there’s a richness and sensuality that age brings to your work; you’re considered more of a heavyweight. I’m a dinosaur and I welcome it. Bring it on,” she smiled.
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