decision, aged four, to pursue an acting career will not have taken her parents entirely by surprise. But even they could not have predicted such a high-profile debut – in 2006’s Notes on a Scandal with Dame Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett. "I will never forget watching Cate Blanchett work," says a reverent Temple. "Talk about taking you into a different world – you forget it’s her. That is a quality I strive for; it’s way more flattering not to be recognized by people. When people ask, ‘Did we go to school together?’, it doesn’t get much more complimentary than that."
Temple was 15 when Notes on a Scandal hit screens, and a year later appeared in Atonement, meaning that although she is still only 24 and could easily pass for 16, it feels as though she has been around, in movie terms, for a lifetime. She was touted as "One to Watch" in Vanity Fair and Vogue years ago and won the public-voted Rising Star BAFTA in 2013 for her role in Killer Joe
alongside Matthew McConaughey. "It was an amazing moment," she says adorably of her win. "It felt so good having England say, ’Yes, keep doing what you’re doing.’"
In person, Temple is a mix of wise, experienced woman – she has set up home in LA with her actor boyfriend Michael Angarano – and excitable puppy. "I do feel grown-up, but there are moments when I feel like I am 17, and I like that," she smiles. "I never want to feel too organized – that scares me a little. I like the idea of being able to fly by the seat of your pants."
Temple in Killer Joe, 2013 (right) and in this year’s Magic Magic (below)
Jacket, T-shirt and skirt by Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane; (right hand) double ring by Chloé; (left hand) wrap bracelet by Chan Luu; gold bracelet by Maria Black; link bracelet
Photograph: Rex Features