Mia Wasikowska says she’s a loner who’s uncomfortable at big showbiz events.
The Australian actress has appeared in films such as Stoker, Alice in Wonderland and Only Lovers Left Alive, but still manages to keep a low profile.
The down-to-earth 24-year-old says she finds industry events hard to cope with.
“The Met Ball in New York is the big party, although I find it so overwhelming – everybody reverts back to their high-school stereotypes, so there’s the bad girls in the toilet cubicles, smoking,” she says in the latest edition of British magazine ELLE.
“(I’d be) the loner, I guess! I do find it fascinating, though. It’s very far from what I would call normality.”
Wasikowska is rumoured to be dating The Social Network’s Jesse Eisenberg, also known for his quiet demeanour.
They star together in the black comedy The Double. Wasikowska takes on the role of girl-next-door Hannah while Eisenberg’s character struggles with a dual personality as a shy office worker with an outgoing alter-ego.
The star can relate to the struggle.
“I think everybody experiences that internal fight,” she says.
“We’re all walking a fine line between being polite and direct every single day.”
Meanwhile, Wasikowska says she had fun with period costumes when she played the title character in 2011’s adaptation of Jane Eyre, directed by Cary Fukunaga.
“On Jane Eyre, we’d play ‘How many packets of biscuits can you fit on your bustle?’ I got eight. I don’t think I won,” she says.
However she said it was a relief to get out of the costume at the end of the day.
“It was great to be in clothing I didn’t have to be precious about,” she says.
“Period clothing is beautiful, but it’s difficult stuff to wear. It’s so uncomfortable – you have to stand up, as you can’t get it creased, or you have people on you all the time, adjusting buttons.”