This is someone who is so good and I feel that we need more of these people around. There is no pretence, there is genuine warmth, curiosity and she is very straightforward, articulate and wise.

But at the same time she makes you feel like a family member and you just bask in that warmth - it was truly memorable experience.

One thing that really touched me most was to see the love between Daw Suu and Kim, her youngest son, they hadn't see each other for more than ten years and it was wonderful to see that nothing will break the bond with the people that you love.

- One of the things that she took strength from in that time was her relationship with her husband so how did you find working with David Thewlis and what did he bring to the movie?

He is one of the most amazing actors of our time, he is like a chameleon; you have to constantly tell people 'oh he has done this and that'.

You don't see David Thewlis you see the character that he is trying to bring to life. I thin that it was very important, especially when the two of us were together, to show the immense love that these two people have for one another.

And the way he was with the sons he is laid back and subtle but he brought the nuances - but I am sure that every single father who sees this film can understand all the things that he went through.

For people who understand love you see the commitment of Michael Aris to his wife, the were soul mates; he knew who she was, what she was and what her calling was and he never thought about himself.

They were such nobel people - if you were to right a fictional character people would say 'that's too good to be true' but the amazing thing was they were. When you understand the needs of others and the lives of others and that you can make a difference you no longer put yourself head - the cause becomes bigger than anything.

- Luc Besson directs the movie so how did you find him as a filmmaker?

Oh demanding, not just on all of us but also on himself; if not more so. And I think when you have a director who is as devoted as that you have trust that he will bring out - he will wring it out of you if necessary because it is important.

The lady has become more than just a movie it has become a labour of love for all of us. We have this chance to show and this one chance to do it right and so all of us were there.

Luc was completely devoted and committed and, as an actor, that is the one thing that you must have the trust that your director will keep you going until you think you have nothing more to give. 

- How daunting was it to take on a part that was based on history and feature a person who is still alive?

Whenever you do a movie about someone who is still alive the responsibility is much greater because they are there and you cannot take liberties - especially when it is someone like Daw Suu and what she represents; not just the cause but for the million of people who love and revere her and what she stands for.

So in that sense it is very daunting but at the same time you step back and you think that it's such a compelling story that needs to be told and you are in the privileged position to have this opportunity.

So you take a deep breath and think 'I  am doing this with love and the greatest respect and we will defend fiercely and protect not just her but of Michael Aris, the family and the people of Burma in this pursuit of democracy. When you have that in your heart you can only give your best.

- She is a very political figure all around the world so how have you found the reaction to the movie?

So far everywhere we have gone we have been so warmly welcomed, the standing ovations are something that we weren't expecting.

What I think really moved us was every country we went to there were some Burmese, where they were refugees or just Burmese people, who attended the screening and some you would see crying from the first image of Burma because they understand.

The rest of the world we care for them and I think that it's very important this love that we have to share with each other

The Lady is released 30th December

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