[on being cast in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)] I'm incredibly excited, but the only way I can be of value is by ignoring fandom, ignoring the other movies to a certain extent, and just trying to do the best job possible. And I think it will be the same for everyone else.
I'd been very certain about not wanting to do the acting thing because of my father. I thought I'd always have the father-son thing of 'He got you the part.'
It was when I was on stage that I realized that acting could be such a brilliant job.
Look at Cillian Murphy: 'Batman,' 'Tron'... those are some heavy-hitting franchises. But he works his way around it. He manages to have a great career and a great life.
I'm pretty lowbrow. It's a failing.
Though rom-coms aren't necessarily my cup of tea, I was a huge fan of Notting Hill (1999). I laughed a lot, and the romance got to me.
Has anybody seen The Notebook (2004) and not cried? I don't know, I don't know if that's the case. It sort of hangs around for a while.
Often times, I just do a job and tell my agents, 'I'm in lockdown now.' I won't talk to anybody about anything else in the meantime, and I think that's generally the way to go because I also like to have a gap in between jobs.
Most of the time, I do what I'm offered, but after I worked for it. I think I try much harder for the things that scare me and inspire me. The things that scare and inspire you are things that are different from what you did before.
I've gotten work based on how I look, and I've not gotten work based on how I look. It's all good.
I'm pleased to say I grew up in a happy family in Dublin. I feel we're very close.
I like cashew nuts.
If there's one person in the world with whom a chemistry read is unnecessary, it's Rachel McAdams.
I'm not going to get better as an actor working on bad stuff.
The worst thing as an actor is when you're not getting opportunities to try and show what you can do; the best thing is when you get material that really lets you express something and that you're excited about.
As an actor, there's very little you can do if people don't want to see you. Just getting yourself into the room to audition is tough.
When you work with actors, what you're hoping to absorb is good ways to be an actor as opposed to how to handle being famous.
I think everybody's got their insecurities and hang-ups. Everybody! Unless you're an idiot.
I like films that are gritty and hard-hitting and suspenseful. Thrillers, too.
Everyone talks about how we're on our phones all the time, but the fact remains that when I'm away on a film set for two months, I can Skype my family. I remember the phone calls my parents had to make when my dad was away for a while when I was younger - that once-a-week expensive phone call! The time pressure on talking to your father!
Two things are always happening in acting. On the one hand, it's a team sport. We're all pulling together. But on the other, you have to look after your own character. Guard their interests.