Happy Birthday: Julie Walters

WILDsound Festival

julie-waltersJulie Walters

Born: February 22, 1950 in Smethwick, West Midlands, England, UK

[on Mamma Mia! (2008)] I thought my acting was terrible in the film; so bad! I sprained my ankle during Dancing Queen and Meryl Streep went mad. She was calling for ice, calling for the nurse, she really looked after me. I was massively intimidated before I met her, because I hold her in such high esteem, but she’s very down-to-earth, a good woman.

Art should reflect society but that’s not going to happen if there’s no funding for working class kids – like I was – to follow their passion. In acting, I certainly think we could end up with too many posh people, the only people who can afford to go to drama school, and that all the working class roles will be taken by posh people pretending to be working class, like it used to…

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