What You Don’t Know About Rosamund Pike

It’s safe to say that Rosamund Pike’s star power keeps growing. Since popping up on screen in movies like Pride & Prejudice, An Education, Johnny English Reborn and The Big Year, she’s gone on to be a Bond Girl in Die Another Day, land an Oscar nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for Gone Girl, and win a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture in a Musical or Comedy for I Care A Lot (via IMDb) — talk about an impressive resume! 

But despite her ongoing success, unsurprisingly, there’s still a lot about this talented British actress, who can put on a killer American accent, and lives by the motto “you never regret saying yes!” that we don’t know (via The Guardian). So we’ve done what any true Rosamund Pike fan would do, and dug around to find out everything there is to know about this celebrated Hollywood star.

Rosamund Pike buries her awards in her backyard

This may come as somewhat of a shock to many of Rosamund Pike fans (both old and new), but the Gone Girl star has been known to bury her awards in her very own backyard. Yes, really! “It’s probably [something] deeply psychological…if you’ve got any psychiatrists or therapists in your audience, maybe they’ll say it’s probably some deep lying imposter syndrome,” Pike revealed to Ellen Degeneres on The Ellen Show in March 2021. “I find it an uneasy thing to display any award in your home,” she continued, adding, “How do people interact with them when they come home? Do they say, ‘Oh wow, look, those are your awards!’ I think it’s awkward, so I bury them in the garden with a little bit showing up, so you can have an enticing glimpse of a hand, or a globe.” Each to their own!

Rosamund Pike refused to strip down in her audition for Die Another Day

Before landing her breakout role in Gone Girl, Rosamund Pike was best known as Bond girl Miranda Frost in Die Another Day. But don’t for a second think she let anything other than her acting skills help her score the famous role. “My first audition was for a Bond film and I remember them saying I was to drop my dress and appear in my underwear,” she told Amazon’s Audible Sessions. “On the day, I don’t know how I got the resolve and strength of mind, but I just thought ‘actually sod that, if they’re gonna see me in my underwear, they better give me the job’,” she continued, adding, “So, I thought, ‘There’s no way I’m going to take off a dress in the audition for this tape to be sent around Los Angeles and to be judged on that’.”

She's also been outspoken about having her image altered without permission

But that’s not the first time Rosamund Pike has spoken up about the pressures of being a woman in Hollywood. Speaking on the The Kelly Clarkson Show earlier this year (via Harper’s Bazaar), the star admitted, “In the poster for Johnny English, my breasts were augmented [without permission]… they’re kind of caricature, I’ve got a very impressive chest which I don’t have.” 

She also revealed the color of her eyes was changed for Radioactive. “For Radioactive, strangely, they made my eyes brown. I still don’t quite know why.” She went on, “Those are the obvious times, right? When you do notice, ‘Oh, I’ve got brown eyes’ or ‘I’ve got massive breasts’. But there’s probably countless times where our image is doctored and we don’t notice it,” adding, “I think we’re all losing our grip on what we really look like.”

Rosamund Pike has a strategy when it comes to picking roles

When it comes to working out what her next career move will be, Rosamund Pike doesn’t just go after any old movie role — she goes after characters that have courage. “I think I’m drawn to courage almost more than anything, as a human trait,” she told entertainment.ie. 

“I think my characters are linked by their courage, if I was to sort of look back. I don’t realize I’m doing that, but when I look back and try and evaluate why these women have all come into my life, that’s the unifying theme: courage.” But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t like to mix things up. “I’m not saying that, you know, my character in ‘Johnny English’ was bound by that,” she was quick to add. “You’ve gotta laugh, you’ve got to be funny at some point.” And we couldn’t agree more.

Rosamund Pike's hero is Marie Colvin

It’s seems the much sought after actress also has a passion for playing her personal heroes. When asked by Stylist who in the world she most admired, Rosamund Pike answered Marie Colvin. “I play her in a film called Private War,” she explained, adding “Marie was an incredibly brave and intrepid war correspondent. She went to the kind of places that you and I would run away – as hard as we could, in the opposite direction – from.” 

She continued, “She sought out the human face of war. She wasn’t interested in how governments clash. Or how armies clash. Or, you know, how tribes war. She was interested in: what is the human cost [of war]?” But that doesn’t mean her hero is not without vulnerabilities. “Marie was not fearless… She had tremendous fear and she overcame that fear because of her conviction in what she was doing,” said Pike. “I find that a really beautiful thing and a very admirable thing.”

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