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Watson: I'm still scared of horses!

Published 27/01/2012 | 17:48

Emily Watson enjoyed working with Steven Spielberg
Emily Watson enjoyed working with Steven Spielberg

Emily Watson has revealed she is still fearful of horses - despite starring opposite them in War Horse.

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The English actress got to act alongside Joey in Steven Spielberg's First World War epic, which remains at the top of the UK box office, but admitted she's still hesitant over equines.

"I was, and I am. I've come away with an immense respect and appreciation of the majesty, power, beauty, skill and intelligence of these incredible creatures. They are still a bit scary - they are very big and very powerful," she said.

Emily admitted her childhood experiences with horses may have biased her view.

"When I was about 13, my school offered riding lessons and I went a couple of times, but I didn't like it. I got shouted at, I got cold, I got wet, I got muddy and it was scary," she recalled.

The 45-year-old said working with Spielberg was a dream come true.

"It was immense. It's such a thrilling, thrilling thing to have done and the day that you get a call from your agent saying, 'Steven Spielberg would like to meet you' is a good thing," she continued.

She added: "Despite thinking of him as a great big action director and a huge Hollywood mogul, the experience of working with him was in fact very intimate and performance-driven, and very enjoyable."

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