Angels in America is on in London at the moment and I am desperate to see it. I made my Broadway debut as Harper Pitt in 1993, but I can’t get a ticket to see it here. That’s the thing with theatre these days – it’s so hard to get a ticket!

I fell in love with theatre after living in Greece. My family were a military family and so we moved around a lot, but it was my older sister who was the one who put on plays. It was really only when I was studying theatre, Greek history and language in Greece, when I went to the foot of the Parthenon and saw the Herodes Atticus theatre that I really connected with the scope of theatre. The size of it. I think it’s one of the things I love about Tennessee Williams – his plays do feel Greek at times. It’s been a long journey – waiting a lot of tables along the way – to get from there to here.

I don’t think I would ever do a stage version of Fifty Shades of Grey. Mainly because the part of Grace Grey [Christian Grey’s mother] who I play, just isn’t good enough. The whole point of being onstage is to exercise your acting ability. If it had been a great part, anything could be considered.

James Gandolfini was the most generous person to work with. I worked with him on God of Carnage on Broadway in 2003 and the four of us – Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, me and James – were like the four suits to a card deck. We made each other complete. There was equality across all of the show. He was the most generous soul, I cannot tell you how much I miss him.

Sweet Bird of Youth opens at Chichester Festival Theatre on 9 June and runs until 24 June, with previews from now.