Do you find people expect you to be quirkier because you're English?
Helena: I'm sure it's also because I'm with Tim Burton. He looks weird, apparently. We don't comb our hair. And everyone thinks we live in a weird house with an underground tunnel and our children live down the road.
First record bought: Either Supertramp or Neil Diamond's 'The Jazz Singer'. I was 14. I loved the film. I have always loved Musicals.
Book that changed your life: 'A Room With a View', because if it hadn't been written I would have had a crap career.
Recurring dream: As a child I had a recurring nightmare of being eaten by a crab. I'd be walking through a forest and out came a crab that pursued me. Then, between me and the house, which was my safe haven, there would be a carpet of lobsters. My mum, who's a psychotherapist says it's my internal critic having a field day.
What makes you laugh: Quite a lot. Tim Burton. My children Billy Ray (eight) and Nell (four). Thank God they have a sense of humor.
Which artwork would you appear in?: Anything by Chagall. His figures always seem to be flying, which I love. Or happy or in a state of love.
Film you wish you'd been in: It would have to be Fred Astaire musical. That's my idea of a dream, singing and dancing. In Fact I'm learning to tap-dance now with my kids. I used to love 'The French Lieutenant's Woman' and actually stalked Jeremy Irons when I was 15. I'd go up and down the street where he used to live. It was scary. I have met him since and he was horrified to find that out. It's funny- as soon as I met him, I thought "What was all that about?" I really like [his wife] Sinéad though.
Most treasured possession: My contact lenses, because I do love seeing.
Last time you cried: Sometimes I pretend-cry at home with Tim, just to see if I can get going [In mock sobs] "What am I doing? I haven;t got anything for dinner..." He gets very concerned. Unfortunately, if you're tired, it can spill over into real tears.
Favorite film wig: Bellatrix's. It was so messy that I didn't need constant touch-us on set.
On-set moment you'll never forget: Having Brad Pitt on top of me in 'Fight Club' covered in stickers (for special effects) but otherwise naked. Jesus that was a great day. It was before I met Tim. I just remember having lots of chats. Brad was a real gentleman. He told me about the person he;d just met, who turned out to be Jennifer Aniston. We talked about his interest in photography and architecture. It was hilarious.
How do you relax?: Aromatherapy Associates bath oils. And Bikram yoga.
Recurrent marital row: Sometimes I'm quite candid about Tim. I remember once I spoke out about his kidney stones and he didn't like that. My mouth talks before the brain edits me. Tim is the reverse.
On your bedside table: Lots of old Sunday papers and past issues of 'The Week'. Out of optimism, I think I'll get around to them one day.
Biggest life turning point: Saying yes to "Planet of the Apes' for the ape school, and not realizing what was around the corner.
Describe your own style: Erratic. Tim was very happy with the 'Daily Mail' calling it 'Bulgarian elf'. That seems to have stuck.
Favorite outfit: Gazillions. I love hats. I have a Micky Mouse hat I'm probably too old to wear, but fuck it. Most things are bought for my daughter but I end up wearing them because she throws them across the room.
Biggest regret: I've not watched or seen enough. I love musicals and should be a big fan of 'Glee', but I never have time to watch it. I haven;t even seen 'Homeland'. David Cameron, who I know a bit, watches so much. I'm like "When do you have the time?" He days if your on a plane to Afghanistan, you have to do something. Which I suppose makes sense.
Fame is...: Not going to help if you have low self-esteem. Fame is a gilded cage. It actually reduces your life. You stop looking. You stop being curious. And that is so important.
What is your wildest moment?: Well I'm not going to tell the world. But it was really fantastic.
...I hate being the nice person who takes the time to type up magazine interviews only for people to copy and paste...