My birthday party

Sunday 31 Jan 10

Last night I had my birthday party and I decided to embrace my entry into serious middle-age by having a Tupperware party.  It was fantastic! Here I am getting my complimentary Tupperware products for being the host from the lovely Anita, our Tupperware lady.  The bowl is designed by Brooke Shields, people!!  Anita was really amazing.  She held the attention and entertained a room of about fifty drunk people with aplomb and panache.  I hope she sold a lot of stuff.  Also, instead of getting presents I asked people to bring checks for Haiti and we raised over $1400 for Concern and Doctors Without Borders.  Hooray for my friends and hooray for Tupperware!


Ask Alan
Rose asks: I am currently in my freshman year of college majoring in theater.  Is there any advice you could give me about this experience ?

Well, Rose, work really hard and experiment and muck about and make mistakes and just dare to fail.  You'll probably never have as much chance to do so ever again.  But always make sure that you're having fun. If it becomes too torturous and intense then it might not be the thing for you.  I think acting should be like kids playing.  Also the more experiences you have in life, the more you have to draw on in your work.  Be careful though, and if you can't be good, be good at it.

I assume you've heard about J.D. Salinger's death. Were you a fan of his work? Have you ever read his work?

The first time I read Catcher In The Rye I was going through a pretty intense phase of my own life and I felt like Salinger was describing what was going on in my head! I remember thinking that it probably wasn't the best book to be reading at that time! But that was what made him so amazing an artist -  his ability to utterly inhabit the mind of a character.  I want to go and read all his work again.

A bootlegger from Canada writes: I had a not-quite-legal copy of your film Prague on VHS years ago. It's a brilliant film and I wish it was available on DVD. Think that will ever happen?
Also, do you still have a house in Canada? Fancy popping over for a BBQ the next time you're here?

Well, Mr or Ms bootlegger, I wish Prague would come out on DVD, but considering it has been 18 years since it came out in cinemas I am sensing it's not going to happen!!  I really like the film too, I have such fond memories of making it.  It was the first full-length feture film I'd ever been in.  Recently, when I was in London getting my OBE, I had a party and Ian Sellar, the director of Prague, came along.  It was so great to see him.

Secondly, I don't have a house in Canada and never have. I have rented places in Vancouver when I have been filming, but never had anywhere permanent.  But next time I'm there, I'd love a grilled courgette.

Nadine says: My friend Taryn just love you and we were wondering if you knew how to get tickets for London premier's because we really want to go to the Alice In Wounderland one!!

Nadine, I think you should stay at home and practice your syntax and spelling instead of gallivanting off to premieres.