As an actor I always try to do as many diverse roles as possible. I’d generally describe my career as a bit schizophrenic to be honest, because I never seem to be doing the same thing. I think it’s the best way to be though, to play as many different roles as possible.”

That’s what actress Thandie Newton had to say about her solid and very versatile career. She’s appeared in such films as Beloved, Run Fat Boy Run, Norbit, Jefferson In Paris, Crash, RocknRolla and For Colored Girls.

In her most recent film Huge, a comedy pairing her with Johnny Miller and Noel Clarke, she learned the art of being “funny” as she researched the role.

Comedians are of course very funny people but they are so different when they’re backstage and they’re not in a funny mood. They’re always very focused and concentrate intently on every little thing. People don’t realize that you don’t have to be naturally funny, it’s actually something you’ve got to work at and then you become really funny. That was a real revelation and really helpful in my research for this role,” she said.

Huge, which will be released on October 3, tells the story of a feuding comedy duo Warren (Johnny) and Clark (Noel) who travel around London trying to make it big by doing comedy gigs, but they soon discover the cut-throat comedy circuit is incredibly difficult.