Rachel Weisz’s 85-year-old scientist-aunt was her inspiration for Agora role

May 18th, 2009 - 4:25 pm ICT by ANI  

London, May 18 (ANI): Rachel Weisz’ has revealed that her 85-year-old scientist-aunt was the actress’ muse for her role in the new film Agora.

The Mummy star said that she sought inspiration from her aunt Judith, and tried inhabiting the expert’s experiences, to portray the character of Hypatia, an astronomer in ancient Alexandria in the movie.

“I had one real-life scientist in my world I could speak to, and that was my aunt. She devoted her life to science - she was an endocrinologist, did cancer research, and she never married or had children,” the Telegraph quoted her as saying.

“Before I started making this film I said to her, ‘Auntie Judith, why did you never marry?’

“She said, ‘I never believed a man when he said that I would allow me to work as hard as I wanted to, and I realised I loved my work more than anything and I didn’t want anything to get in the way of it,”‘ she added. (ANI)

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