Emily Mortimer's wasted education
Emily Mortimer has confessed she feels she wasted her degree in Russian by becoming an actress.
The Shutter Island star, daughter of the late barrister and dramatist Sir John Mortimer, told amctv.com she expected her parents to stop her when she told them she wanted to pursue an acting career.
Emily revealed: "I studied Russian language and literature at university - I thought, when I told my parents I wanted to be an actress, that their job was to stop me, and no-one did!
"And so I p***ed away this very expensive education I was given, and there were a lot of things I could have done, but now I'm no good for anything else."
But the 38-year-old - who appeared alongside Woody Harrelson and Sir Ben Kingsley in Transsiberian - revealed her Russian does still come in handy, if only for swearing at taxi drivers.
Emily said: "I could speak to the extras in Russian (on Transsiberian). Although I forgot that the Lithuanians had been repressed by the Soviets, so they were very un-charmed by my Russian. But having a common language was useful. And I can have conversations with Ukrainian taxi drivers. I can swear really dirty words, and they're very impressed by that. So it does come in handy."