Your office kitchen can sometimes feel like a lawless, post-apocalyptic desert littered with empty K-Cups, spilled Sweet'N Low, and stale donuts from the last time someone brought in donuts (January 2008). This is not the space to update your work friends on personal stories Besides, it's a bad career move if your boss overhears your tale of how you just took a three hour nap on the toilet. If someone shares their baked goods with the group, you’re taking just one cookie, slice, or brownie Otherwise, people will be rage-whispering about the Two-Blondie Incident of '14 for days. Respect the limited fridge space You might’ve scored a sweet deal on a case of Zevia, but you’re only keeping one or two cans in there at a time. Go around the corner to the deli like a decent person. On the flip side, milk, spreads, and condiments are fair game Unless Janet also marked the 1% as hers -- in which case, Janet is a tyrant -- you can grab that stuff without a second thought. If you drained the coffee pot, you’re filling it back up Where were you raised, a barn? That inexplicably ripped guy in accounting might even headbutt you. No microwaving anything that already smells awful Is that fish?!
Kristin Hunt is a food/drink staff writer for Thrillist, and would like to thank her coworkers for tolerating all the weird stuff she stores in the fridge for photo shoots. "I just love him however he comes," Riley says sweetly.Riley's own thespian transformations tend to be less showy (or hairy for that matter) but just as effective.She's a face you might recognise from Peaky Blinders, medieval TV drama World's End, lurking in the background behind Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in the rather silly sci-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow or making a splash in the 2009 TV version of Wuthering Heights in which she starred opposite said Mr Hardy (in case you were wondering how they met). She is one of the lead roles in the BBC's much-trailed, already much-lauded new fantasy drama Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, in which she plays Arabella, married to the titular Jonathan Strange (Bertie Carvel to you and me; Eddie Marson plays Mr Norrell). There's also a big-screen thriller opposite our very own Gerard Butler (London Has Fallen) and Ron Howard's latest film In the Heart of the Sea. In fact Riley has travelled down to London from Liverpool today just to meet me. She's up in Liverpool filming Stephen Poliakoff's latest drama Close to the Enemy, set in the post-war years. Each contains a word, I explain, and you have to tell me the first thing that comes into your head when you read the word. If not, you should still be doing your part to keep the sink from shooting dirty plates on the floor.Charlotte Riley and I are discussing pogonophobia when the pubic hair comparison comes up.
"My friend sent me this thing on What's App the other day about female fashions in pubic hair trimming versus men's trimming of their faces from the 1970s," Riley tells me.
"So as women's bushes have got smaller and smaller men's facial hair has got larger and larger.
That really tickled me." Well it would I almost say as she is tries to find it on her phone. "I'm going to regret saying this," before bursting out laughing.
While I try to imagine what the hipster beard/female waxing graph might possibly look like (and whether it might radically change our idea of the Hoxton Fin) Riley has returned to my original question. "I think beards are fab as long as there is no food in them and they smell nice.
"I'm not scared of beards," she confirms once I've explained what pogonophobia is. Yeah, they're better than short and spiky because that's not good for women's delicate skin." I ask of course because Riley's better half - Tom Hardy if you didn't know - often spouts some radical facial hair in his roles (when he's not wearing a mask on his face in Batman movies).
There was the handlebar tache in Bronson, the full set in Peaky Blinders and, out this week, the stubbly look in the new Mad Max film.