Fergie: Well, yeah, I was 18 when I became a woman. But no, there it is, there's your sound bite, there you go. But no, but it was just lovely falling in love and just those, those teenage hormones racing and, you know, you have a boyfriend through the holidays, and all the sudden spring break would come along, and [sound of cutting] and you know.
Hudson: Wait, I have a boyfriend?!
Fergie: I'd get my fake ID and go to the, you know, wherever the spring break was and find a new one for the year.
McFadden: So what do we think, [looking over at Day-Lewis] do we think that he was popular with the girls in high school?
McFadden: Yes? Were you?
Day-Lewis: When I was young I went through phases. I got along OK, you know, just with my mates when I was growing up in London but then when I was sent away to boarding school, I was a pariah. I mean I was universally despised. It was an all boys' boarding school. So there wasn't any opportunity there. But then I went to a mixed boarding school and things start to get better.
McFadden: Why were you despised?
Day-Lewis: Because I think I was just unhappy and I acted the clown the whole time, and you know, I did things that I shouldn't have done and everyone else was just trying to get on with the business of being a school boy. In those places it's all about conformity, so if someone is reminding you every now then that they're in a forced labor camp, you know, they don't really like you for it. So… but then things got better.
McFadden: The reason I ask is because obviously so many of you have formed friendships, deep friendships in the process of making this film. I mean, I saw the two of you holding hands a little earlier, [to Judi and Daniel] and I saw the two of you holding hands a little earlier. So tell me about it. How many of you actually knew each other well before? [To Daniel and Judi]: The two of you knew each other well before.
Day-Lewis: Very well.
Dench: 30 years.
Dench: Not that we're that old.
McFadden: So you knew—did that help make it easier, to know that she was going to be in the film?
Day-Lewis: Yeah. I was delighted, delighted.
McFadden: Did you know he was going to be trouble? Or no?
Dench: He is always trouble.
Day-Lewis: Yeah we used to laugh a lot when we were—
Dench: I'm afraid we used to laugh at Hamlet sometimes.
Day-Lewis: We did, we got into some trouble with that.
Kidman: Oh, you did Hamlet together.
Day-Lewis: Yes. And the best moment, really, of Hamlet for me was slogging with my own mother.
Day-Lewis: I don't know what that says about me. [laughing] Me or the production.
McFadden: Were any of the rest of you friends before this started or did you become friends in the process
Fergie: We had met—Kate and I had met years ago—
Hudson: Way—years before. Yeah. Back when you were blond.
Fergie: Yeah, I was really blond.
Hudson: You were really blond.
Fergie: I was, gosh, when was that?
Hudson: I was like 18.
Fergie: I was like, 22? 21?
Hudson: And I had known Penelope.
Cruz: Yeah. Most of us had met, we have met before, but not—
Kidman: I didn't know Marion.
Cotillard: Oh, I didn't know anybody, except— [points down the table towards Daniel]
Day-Lewis: [To Marion] We had met like a year or two years before.
Cotillard: Yeah, a year before.