Jenna Coleman reveals the hardest relationship lesson she’s ever learned

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Five Minute Philosopher is a weekly series in which Stylist gets profound with people we love. What will Victoria’s Jenna Coleman make of our existential questions?

What is the meaning of life?

To be alive.

What is the difference between right and wrong?

It’s a feeling in your gut.

Where is your happy place?

Dawn. The sun coming up. The world waking up. Coffee in bed. That is the greatest luxury.

Nature or nurture?


Is it more important to be liked or respected?

Liked. But I would hope anyone who liked me would also respect me.

If you could be remembered for one thing what would it be?

I don’t know. I’ve probably not done it yet. And then others can decide.

Who or what is your greatest love?

My family, my friends and stories.

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When did you last lie?

To a taxi driver when he asked what my job was as I wrote this.

Does the supernatural exist?

They just pictured a black hole [in a galaxy 55 million light years away]. So who knows? I’m certainly open to it.

Are you fatalistic?

I think I am but I’m also a believer in making active change. Can I be an active fatalist?

What is your greatest fear?

I’m afraid of fear that grips you rather than enables you. We spend so much energy being afraid. I also don’t like rollercoasters.

Animals or babies?

Baby animals.

What talent do you yearn for?

The ability to roll my Rs and play a musical instrument.

Do you like to be complimented?

Yes, as long as the compliment isn’t just lip service.

Do you have a high pain threshold?

I believe so.

What book do you recommend most to others?

I adored The Goldfinch [by Donna Tartt] and A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara and also JD Salinger’s The Catcher In The Rye. And I just finished Tara Westover’s Educated [a coming of age memoir about a young woman born into a strict Mormon family who studies her way out of it] which I would absolutely recommend to anyone.

Which lesson has been the hardest to learn?

That love is not enough. Although I’m still not sure I subscribe to that.

What food sums up happiness?

Any food in a bowl. Weirdly I love eating out of bowls.

What have you never understood?

Canal barge holidays.

What is the one thing you want to know before you die?

How did the pyramids get there?

Are you scared of dying or what happens when you die?

Nah. It’s a waste of energy. Curious, yes. Unless I’m on a rollercoaster and then I’m scared of dying.

Quinoa or Quavers?

Sorry folks, quinoa. In a bowl.

Jenna Coleman is appearing in All My Sons at The Old Vic Theatre until 8 June 2019, the production will be broadcast live to cinemas on 14 May 2019 as part of NT Live; 

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