Waterhouse, 22, grew up in London. A model and actor, she stars in the romantic comedy Love, Rosie, out on 22 October, and recently finished filming the sci-fi thriller Insurgent, out next year. Earlier this year, she attended the Oscars and the White House State Dinner with her boyfriend, the actor Bradley Cooper. She lives between Los Angeles and London.

What did you like best about the Oscars?
The pizza and [host] Ellen DeGeneres. I was cracking up the whole time; my cheeks actually hurt. I didn’t expect the Oscars to be that fun.

Was it difficult to move from modelling to acting?
I am still making the move, but I think it’s kind of natural. The way I see it, actors are taking all the modelling jobs; they are on all the magazines covers, get the best contracts and walk in the shows. I’ve acted my whole life pretty much, but then just got more into modelling. I was scared of picking it up again, because it’s such a difficult, soul-baring thing to do compared with modelling, where you just close yourself off. But it’s made me really happy. Being on set reminds me of being at summer camp.

Have you had an ‘Oh my God, I’ve made it’ moment?
No, and I think it’s a misconception that anyone ever feels like that. Even when I’m doing well, I still have moments when I think, “Ugh.” When I feel like that, I do the thing I heard Albert Einstein did: say thank you 100 times.

What’s been the most glamorous moment of your career so far?
The Met Ball was more glamorous than the Oscars. It’s quite scary, because it’s a last-minute thing, and everyone’s dresses get made for them, so you get what you’re given. But it turned out to be my favourite dress ever. It was by Burberry. I didn’t get to keep it, but it was so large, it took up half the hotel room. When I called the bellboy to take it downstairs, he refused.

What’s been the least glamorous moment of your career so far?
Whenever I am left to my own devices with cleaning and washing. When I was filming in Atlanta this summer, my apartment was disgusting. I learned to use the washing machine, but I don’t see the point in using detergent. I stored things in my dishwasher.

Have you been starstruck?
When I met Julia Roberts, the only thing that came out my mouth was, “Thank you.”

What was the most surprising thing about your visit to the White House?
I didn’t expect to see Obama bopping to Mary J Blige. He can really dance. I got a tour of the Oval Office, which was pretty cool, especially because I love the TV show Scandal.

What was your fancy dress outfit of choice as a child?
A skater boy. I wore the same outfit all the time: big cargo pants with big T-shirts with weird slogans like Bad Girls Never Die, and big jackets. I was very anti-pink.

What’s the most surprising track on your iTunes?
I have a lot of Britney. We actually wanted to see her in Las Vegas [for Georgia May Jagger’s birthday], but she wasn’t playing, so we ended up seeing Celine Dion, which was a bit of a disappointment.

What has been your biggest fashion faux pas?
I am constantly faux pas-ing. I messed up at fashion week last year. I had five minutes to come home to change, and my mum was screaming at me that the taxi was waiting outside, so I just threw on the most hideous thing. I looked like I was wearing a jacket made of pubes – and there was photographic evidence. My problem is that what I like changes from week to week. Even the stuff in my suitcase right now I don’t like any more.

What makes you angry?
Preconceived judgments. I think we’re all guilty of it. I judge other people even though I get judged myself. It’s such a disease and gets spread so much through social media.

What makes you laugh?
People falling off treadmills. I YouTube that all the time.

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