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“I used to regret not having a full college experience, but I don’t grieve it.

I had to quit college to make Blue Velvet, Mask and Wild at Heart.

“I was raised on movie sets and I decided for myself at a very young age that it was what I wanted to do.” She started acting classes at the age of nine but had to cycle to them as her parents wouldn’t drive her.

Her commitment paid off and, at 11, she won a role opposite Jodie Foster in the teen film Foxes (1980). “It wasn’t popular to be a child actor, unless you were on a television series.

And that is really the thing that calls me to the material often: something I struggle to understand in human behaviour.” In The Fault in Our Stars, based on the bestselling novel by John Green, Dern plays a “progressive hippie mother” struggling with the knowledge that her daughter Hazel, played by Shailene Woodley, is dying of cancer.

“In a way, the movie is less about cancer and more about how to celebrate the time that we have and how to love deeply in the most honest way possible.” Dern and Woodley became very close.

But, like me, they never really knew a mom and dad sitting down at the table for dinner every night.

So I think that creates an easier transition.” Dern’s own parents divorced when she was two and, in effect, her grandmother brought her up. I was so lucky to have her.” She spent many weekends in Malibu with her father, who famously “shot dead” John Wayne in The Cowboys (1972), and describes her childhood as happy – “although I was like any other kid who missed their mom because she had to work, but that was my only real negative”.

“I don’t think kids expect the fairytale anymore, either.

I was doing weird stuff that they would probably never see because it was adult.

I know now, as a parent, why my mom wanted to discourage me.” Dern ended up suing her mother for emancipation so that she could work on adult film sets – but she says that it was not a big deal.

“He has a very beautiful marriage to his amazing wife, and I said, ‘How did you guys do it?

’ And he said, ‘The key is we never wanted a divorce on the same day.’ That is the most romantic thing I’ve ever heard.” At first I think she is joking but she is not. Dern regrets none of the choices she has made in her life, either personal or professional: “I guess the only regret I’ve had is how much time I’ve wasted regretting.” She has made sacrifices, such as giving up her degree in journalism and psychology before she graduated.

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