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BMassachusetts-born Ann Dowd, 65, has appeared in the films Lorenzo’s Oil and Philadelphia, and had various roles on the television series Law & Order. She received nominations for her performances in the 2012 film Compliance and the HBO series The Leftovers. Since 2017, she has played Aunt Lydia in the drama series The Handmaid’s Tale, winning an Emmy. Her most recent films include Hereditary and Rebecca; his latest, Mass, is in cinemas and on Sky Cinema from January 20. She is married to actor Lawrence Arancio; they have three children and live in New York.

Apart from a property, what is the most expensive thing you own? bought?
The education of my children.

What would be your superpower?
Intrepidity.

What makes you unhappy?
Chaos – too many things happening at once.

If you could bring something dead back to life, what would it be?
Innocence.

Who would play you in the movie of your life?
My daughter Emily.

What is your most unpleasant habit?
Apologize.

Who is your favorite star?
Clint Eastwood. I worked with him on Flags of Our Fathers.

What book are you ashamed of not having read?
Anything by James Joyce. I should have read Plato: my husband has read everything.

What is your most guilty pleasure?
Pork rinds.

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What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A surgeon. I studied medicine at Holy Cross College for four years and then went to drama school.

Would you choose fame or anonymity?
I would choose work and everything that comes with it.

What does love look like?
It seems like anything is possible.

What words or phrases do you overuse the most?
“I’m sorry” and “I mean”.

What is the worst job you have Finished?
Trying to sell frozen food over the phone for a company called American Frozen Foods. It lasted about half an hour. I found myself telling people not to buy too many because it might go wrong, and my supervisor said, “This job probably isn’t for you.

If you could change your past, what would you change?
I’ll try to be a little nicer to my teachers.

When was the last time you changed your mind about something important?
Decide, in the last year of college, to be an actress, not a doctor.

What would you like to leave to your children?
A legacy of love and kindness, and a close relationship with truth.

What one thing would improve the quality of your life?
Lead with joy.

What was your closest run-in with the law?
Stealing lamb chops from a Chicago supermarket. I was on a weird diet and had no money so… The staff was very nice and let me go with a warning. Mortifying, the whole thing.

How would you like to be remembered?
Like a good person.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
That there is always a passage.

What happens when we die?
Our next life.

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