How Much Is A Pint of Milk?
She knows all about aliens and serial killers - but does she know the price of the white stuff?
By James Dyer
Empire Magazine: December 2016
Do you have a nickname?
My family calls me Gill. If anybody else called me Gill, I might slap them, 'cause it's a bit familiar. There's one person in my life who calls me Gigi - that's probably the only nickname I have. I had names at school that people would bully me with that I am not going to repeat. Although why the fuck not? So at one point I was... No, I'm not going to say that. Never mind. Let's just stick with Gigi or it'll all go wrong.
Which movie have you seen the most?
I think it's between The Godfather and [The Godfather Part II] and The Deer Hunter.
Have you ever knowingly broken the law?
Yes, and I was arrested. This was in high school, and it was for breaking and entering. So yes, I have broken the law and I'm sure more times than that.
Who is the most famous person you could text?
After 50 Shades, probably Jamie Dornan, for crying out loud! Other than that, maybe Chris Martin.
What is in your pocket right now?
I've still got my pyjamas on. I don't have any pockets.
Do you have any scars?
There's one just below my right knee. I got that during the London run of A Streetcar Named Desire. I knelt on a shard of porcelain plate and it bled all down my leg and into my shoe. I knew that if I looked down I would pass out, so I didn't look down. The show went on and, after the fact, I was told I probably should have had stitches. There's a scene where I'm tackled by a nurse, and I managed to re-land on the knee with shard still in it! That is a well-earned scar.
What is the one thing you do better than anyone else you know?
Schedule. I am the Queen of the calendar. I can tell you what day of the week October 3 is.
What day of the week is it?
It's a Monday.
When were you most starstruck?
I met Nelson Mandela at [anti-apartheid activist] Walter Sisulu's 80th birthday party in Johannesburg and immediately became a bumbling idiot.
Do you have a signature dish?
I hold regular games nights in London and I probably rotate the same four or five dishes: coq au vin, beef bourguignon, fish fry, roasted chicken and chilli con carne.
Do you have a favourite joke?
I do. What did the zero say to the eight? Nice belt.
How much is a pint of milk?
I found myself in a Tesco the other day but...I don't know! Whatever I say, it's going to be catastrophically wrong. It's going to say more about me than anything else you could possibly ask. Oh fuck, I'm going to say... 34p!
What is the one thing that scares you?
Public speaking. It really, really does. Even accepting awards or anything like that. The idea of a TED talk... just the thought of that is absolutely terrifying.
When were you last naked outdoors?
Actually, I nude-sunbathed last year. It was on the edge of the ocean where there was absolutely nothing but water. At a 180-degree angle. No boats, no paparazzi, just the blue.