Q HOW did you feel taking over from Katie Holmes?
A SHE’S great, a fine actor, but I don’t think it would have served anyone were I trying to imitate Katie. I saw Rachel as a new woman in this movie.
Q SO how was it having two handsome men, Bruce Wayne and Harvey Dent, fighting over you?
A IT was great. But I tried to make it as difficult for myself as I could by desiring both of them equally.
Q THIS is your first big blockbuster. You’re no longer the indie queen – how was the switch?
A IN deciding to do the movie, I was worried about that. I had a three-month-old baby when the script first came to me. I wasn’t looking to work but was a fan of Chris Nolan and it’s hard as an actor not to look at the cast and to take that seriously.
And I did everything I could to say no.
I said I’d only do the movie if she was really smart and interesting and Chris said: “Fine, let’s do it.”
Q BUT you’re a serious actor and the face of Agent Provocateur?
A I SHOULD be able to do both. When my daughter was about three months old a girlfriend told me AP made nursing bras. I’d been wearing sports bras and horrible, ugly nursing ones.
So I went to their store, saw sexy, beautiful, nursing bras, bought one and it made me feel great. Then randomly they asked if I wanted to do their ads.
You can be a thinking person and wear sexy underwear. But I didn’t realise how much scrutiny I was under until recently and I don’t like it.
Q CAN you talk about Heath Ledger and his performance as The Joker?
A WHAT Heath did is so important for an actor. Someone seems all evil then you see glimmers of something kind, sexy, open, hurt in him and that lets the audience have compassion.
If you can do that in a movie, it’s good practice for doing the same in real life. In this film, even the good guys are dark and conflicted.