Lucy Boynton wants to rebel against the “tendency to obey” that she was taught and praised as a child actress.
Oynton, who starred opposite Rami Malek in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, rose to fame at age 11 with a starring role in Miss Potter alongside Renee Zellweger.
The 28-year-old actress, who recently starred in The Ipcress File with Peaky Blinders’ Joe Cole, said obedience was “praised and appreciated” as a young actor, which she now finds “strange”.
She told Josh Smith on his Reign podcast that therapy was the “tipping point” that made her see the “impact of acting at such a young age.”
“You realize acting as a kid is so much about being obedient and that’s a really wild thing to internalize as a young girl, especially at age 11, which I think is a very , at least for me, spongy time in which one grows into a more independent soul and comes to oneself.
“This is the age when you begin to really take in the subconscious that shapes you and learn that obedience is so praised and so valued.
“I’m thinking now what a strange thing that as a young woman has to realize.
“When I see that now and the tendency to obey a system rather than resist a system, I recognize it now and I’m like, OK, I want to turn that around. I want to do the opposite,” she said.
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Boynton, who starred in the Netflix series The Politician and the 2017 version of Murder On The Orient Express, added that she’s been much more “attuned” to her feelings in recent years.
“You start using all the things that you have taken into your subconscious and that will shape how you see yourself in the world and how you value yourself.
“Then I started really thinking, ‘How am I doing, how do I see myself?’ to concentrate.
“As a teenager, you don’t realize how much of this shit you internalize and just take in, and I think now we’re getting better at recognizing that mental health is something worth talking about,” she said .
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/miss-potter-star-lucy-boynton-on-the-impact-of-being-a-child-actor-41545680.html Miss Potter star Lucy Boynton on the impact of being a child actor