Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I Got out of Hollywood Just in Time; Trevor Eve's Daughter on Her Schooldays with Paris Hilton

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I Got out of Hollywood Just in Time; Trevor Eve's Daughter on Her Schooldays with Paris Hilton

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Byline: MARY KEANE

ALICE EVE was 13 when she lost a leading role in The Horse Whisperer to Scarlett Johansson - they were down to the final two. Now 24, the daughter of Trevor Eve (of Waking The Dead) and Sharon Maughan (half of the Gold Blend couple) has caught up again - she is starring in Tom Stoppard's play, Rock'n'Roll, at the Duke of York's Theatre. "Alice is very clever and completely enchanting. I consider her a stroke of luck for the play," raves Sir Tom.

"This is my first professional play. This is all I know, this huge success," Alice says in her precise little voice. "Everybody keeps saying, 'Where do you go from here?'" She has just filmed two movies: Starter For Ten, a love triangle involving Bristol students who go on University Challenge; and Big Nothing, about a teacher involved in a blackmail attempt, alongside David Schwimmer from Friends. "The Schwim!

He's so cool," she says. "He said Friends was the best job in Hollywood."

Alice was filming a miniseries called Losing Gemma, about two girls backpacking in India, to be shown on ITV in the autumn, when she was asked to go up for Rock'n'Roll. "I had to send them a tape," she explains, "but the only one we had was the tape they used to film the Indian extras. There were all these men on it looking like they were lining up to be shot, holding numbers. So I pressed 'record' and squeezed myself among them.

"Then I went to meet Trevor [Nunn, the director] and Tom Stoppard and I was terrified. Tom sat at the end of the table looking like a genius - he's gorgeous by the way - and didn't say anything for ages.

Then he went, 'Right. We've cast one of the Indians already...'" She bursts out laughing.

Sir Trevor Nunn says her audition was "one of the best by a young actor I've seen in a long, long while".

But, of course, acting is in her blood. …

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