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Christina Ricci was the little gothic girl who shot to fame aged nine and liked to shock. Now the veteran star of new TV series Pan Am, she tells how she's left her dark days behind

The image of Christina Ricci, as an actor of arresting darkness, hasn't had much of an airing lately – for the past few years her output has been confined mainly to voiceovers and guest appearances in TV shows. As a result, perhaps, the 31-year-old has not aged in the public eye; she appears suddenly in a restaurant in Brooklyn, still child-sized, eyes not quite to scale, with that expressionless gaze behind which, one imagines, seditious thoughts circulate. Over the course of lunch, she will by turns be giggly, friendly, enthusiastic, monosyllabic and studiously anodyne. It is like watching someone page through the ringtones of human behaviour. "I'm an actress," she says, "we constantly let things out. »

- Emma Brockes

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