Lily James is “fascinated” by psychology and thinks her interest in the subject has helped her as an actress.

The 30-year-old star credits her life-long interest in the subject with benefiting her career because she is “constantly trying to understand” her characters and their way of thinking.

She told Psychologies: “I am fascinated by psychology and philosophy. My father was a great thinker and he had a very analytic mind, as well as being spiritual.

“He always encouraged me to be curious and to discover things on my own and try to think matters through.

“I’m curious about human psychology and acting requires you to be constantly trying to understand your character’s personality, thinking and motivations.”

Lily was just 18 when her father passed away

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