HOLLYWOOD actress Emily Watson OBE – star of the War Horse and Red Dragon blockbusters – has spoken to University of Chichester students about making it at the top of the film industry.
The double Oscar-nominee met undergraduates from the BA (Hons) in Acting for Film where she spoke about self-doubt, luck, and her success on the silver screen. The University degree, which is part of the department of Music, provides students with an intense focus of developing acting skills – including opportunities to learn from leading professionals – to prepare for a career in the industry.
Emily has had meteoric rise to become one of the most sought-after actors in the film industry, both in the UK and USA, across an eclectic career which includes award-winning films The Theory of Everything and Kingsman, as well as the ITV hit Appropriate Adult, for which show won a BAFTA.
She has worked alongside some of the most creative directors and talented actors of her generation and her stellar performances have been universally acclaimed by critics and public alike.
Towards the end of the session a student asked whether Emily had ever suffered from self-doubt, and she revealed that she constantly doubts herself and her ability but has managed to deal with it over the years. “Self-doubt is like a loud dinner guest sitting opposite you on this large dining table – you know it’s there but you’re not obliged to engage with it,” she added. “The more you focus on getting through your meal, ie your work and what’s in front of you, the quieter he becomes.”