Keeley Hawes has admitted she worries about not living up to the hype of her previous successes in an exclusive interview for Red's November 2020 issue (on sale now).
The Line of Duty and Bodyguard actor said learning to be less self-critical by being 'gentle on myself' is a work in process. But she has found power in learning to switch off from expectation.
She told Red: ‘With Honour [her latest drama for ITV], the reception will be what it will be. We all worked really hard on it, and that’s all you can do. Then, you have to relax. I’m not very good at that, but what can you do?
'You can beat yourself up about it, but I want to make shows and I will make mistakes – everybody does. Not everything is a Bodyguard. Not everything is a Killing Eve. It just isn’t. I have to be gentle on myself.’
Hawes also opened up about stepping outside her comfort zone to executive produce on Honour and [new ITV drama] Finding Alice – and why it keeps her up at night.
'I don’t like being scared, but I do like being scared – I sort of need it,' she explained. 'I love my job and I feel like the luckiest person in the world – but you get less and less scared by things. I feel less and less scared. [Producing] keeps me awake at night, and I think that’s healthy.'
When it comes to switching off, she's currently obsessed with Netflix show Ratched ['Sarah Paulson is phenomenal'] and is reading 'Mohsin Zaidi’s A Dutiful Boy, a coming of age memoir about growing up gay in a strict Muslim household'.
You can read our full interview with Keeley Hawes in the November issue of Red, on sale now.
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