BLondon-born Olivia Williams, 53, studied at Cambridge University and Bristol Old Vic Theater School before joining the RSC. His films include The Postman, The Sixth Sense, Rushmore and The Father, and his TV work includes Friends, the UK remake of Call My Agent! and The Crown. She is at Marys Seacole at the Donmar Warehouse in London until June 4. She has two daughters with her husband, actor Rhashan Stone, and lives in London.
When were you the happiest?
People are often traumatized by insomnia in the early years of their children’s lives, but I was incredibly happy to be married and have two children. The only dark cloud was how much we hated having babies who slept through the night.
What is your biggest fear?
What trait do you most deplore about yourself?
What was your most embarrassing moment?
For complicated reasons involving unlocking a door that was supposed to be locked, my unexpected appearance on stage, bare ass first, in the final scene of The Changeling.
Apart from a property, what is the most expensive thing you own? bought?
An electric car.
What makes you unhappy?
Garbage left on the street on the wrong day.
What do you dislike the most about your appearance?
I have very unattractive knees. They clearly took offense to my scathing comments and decided to stop working, in addition to being ugly. I should have been nicer to them while they were still working.
What is your most valuable asset?
My husband gave me a ring which is the only thing he has that belonged to his mother. She died when he was 11.
What would be your superpower?
Making people laugh.
If you could bring something dead back to life, what would it be?
the Ecnomiohyla rabbus or Rabbs’ relatively recently lost fringe-legged tree frog has some pleasant quirks. It fed its young on its own skin and had a slight ability to glide from tree to tree, thanks to its disproportionate webbed feet.
Who is your favorite star?
I’ve always had a weakness for dancers: Nureyev as a child. Baryshnikov as a teenager. Akram Khan.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
My mother says I intended to be a farmer’s wife and a violinist, to go to concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in my tractor.
What is your most guilty pleasure?
When was the last time you cried and why?
In rehearsals. The play is very funny about mothers and daughters, but one of the gags struck a chord.
What would you like to leave to your children?
What’s the closest you have come to death?
Undiagnosed VIPoma in 2018.
What was your closest run-in with the law?
Coming out of the belly of an avocado.
What keeps you up at night?
All the things I should have done.
tell us a joke
A man walks into a gym and says, “I want to learn how to do the splits. The instructor asks, “How flexible are you?” He said, “I can’t do Tuesdays.”