Rebecca Hall on race, regret and her personal history: ‘In any family with a legacy of passing, it’s very tricky’

The actor has just directed her first film, an adaptation of Nella Larsen’s 1929 novel Passing.

She discusses the family story that inspired her, cultural appropriation and class in HollywoodIt would be easy to assume that Rebecca Hall has never had to fight for anything in her life.

Now 39, she made her screen debut at the age of 10 in The Camomile Lawn, the 1992 TV series directed by her father, the British theatre grandee Sir Peter Hall.

Her stage debut came a decade later, in his production of Mrs Warren’s Profession.

There followed 15 hugely successful years as an actor, working with Steven Spielberg (The Bfg), Christopher Nolan (The Prestige), Woody Allen (Vicky Cristina Barcelona) and many more.

But for more than a decade she has been struggling to build a second career, as the director of a movie that some would say she has no right to make.That movie is Passing,

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