Rachel Weisz unaware of Hypatia
Rachel Weisz has admitted she knew nothing about Greek scholar Hypatia, whom she portrays in Agora.
The Mummy star told the Daily Mirror: "I must confess I'd never heard of Hypatia - I now know that she was heroine for the romantic poets in the 18th century, but I didn't know anything about her."
But she said yes to the part because it "seemed too unusual, unique, wonderful and bold to say no to".
Rachel - who has three-year-old son Henry with her fiance, Oscar-winning director Darren Aronofsky - brought the family to Malta as she filmed Agora.
"Henry wasn't even in pre-school at that point, so he came with me," she continued.
"We rented a little apartment overlooking the sea and Darren worked on his film [The Wrestler]. We were a family and we went to work every morning. He went off to edit Mickey Rourke and I went off to battle religious intolerance in the fourth century."
She added: "Then we had dinner and put Henry to bed. It was kind of bonkers - but how dreamy!"
:: Agora is in cinemas now.