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Rachel Weisz unaware of Hypatia

Published 23/04/2010 | 16:12

Rachel Weisz didn't know anything about Hypatia
Rachel Weisz didn't know anything about Hypatia

Rachel Weisz has admitted she knew nothing about Greek scholar Hypatia, whom she portrays in Agora.

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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.

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