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Sally Hawkins breaks down the challenges of portraying mental illness in Eternal Beauty



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Sally Hawkins has a fondness for characters that, in her words, “fall in the gaps.”

“I’m aligned with people in life that may not be noticed or are generally stigmatized,” she tells EW. “Those stories are always more interesting. Every single person has a voice. Whether it’s somebody who’s not sorted out or is part of a section of society that is not necessarily treated with compassion. Spinning that on its head and seeing them with love — as soon as we open our hearts and our minds, then we can begin to change.”



a person standing posing for the camera: Sally Hawkins discusses portraying mental illness in 'Eternal Beauty' and her fondness for playing people who 'fall through the gaps.'


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Sally Hawkins discusses portraying mental illness in ‘Eternal Beauty’ and her fondness for playing people who ‘fall through the gaps.’

Hawkins has earned Oscar nominations for her portrayal of two such people, the eternally optimistic Poppy in Happy-Go-Lucky and mute cleaner Elisa in The Shape of

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