There are two large sofas in the room at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Knightsbridge, west London. A couple of chairs, too, pushed against the walls. Zoe Kazan opts for the floor.
"You're either a floor person or a furniture person," says the actress and screenwriter, 29, Los Angeles-born and New York-based. She's in London to promote an offbeat drama, Ruby Sparks, which has just opened in UK cinemas. Kazan wrote the script and takes the title role in the film, playing a freakily idealised girlfriend who is imagined and somehow made real by a lonely novelist, played by Little Miss Sunshine actor Paul Dano.
Off screen, Dano is Kazan's boyfriend, and on screen – both of them otherworldly in appearance, spindly framed, with faces that are pale and child-like