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Information Diet: Emily Watson

'War Horse' star has enough junk in her head, and she doesn't need to know about yours on Facebook or Twitter, thank you very much

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What's the first information you consume in the morning?
When I take my daughters to school, I glance at other peoples' newspapers. Once I get everyone out of the house, I go online and look at the BBC news.

What do you read or watch or listen to at the breakfast table?
Nothing--I'm too busy policing Rice Krispies and Shreddies. If I'm by myself, which happens quite rarely, I'd probably be on my computer.

What occupies your mind in the car, on the subway, train, or bus?
We listen to music quite a lot with the kids in the car. They've had a big Dolly Parton phase, and now they're in a Johnny Cash phase. We like to introduce them to different things.

Are you a TV junkie or on an airtime-restricted diet?
If we watch TV, we watch sports, mostly. We're avid soccer fans--we follow Arsenal and England, and we watch the Champions League.

If you're a couch potato, what do you watch, and how: TV, laptop, or tablet?
If we watch TV programs, we watch box sets of DVDs. Recently, we did Mad Men and The Wire. I loved both of those very much indeed. We always watch on the TV.

Before bed, do you bite into a novel, graze on Twitter, or fast until morning?
I'm pretty much asleep when I hit the pillow. If anything, I'll read a book, but I usually go cross-eyed after a page. I'm actually reading Anna Karenina at the moment because I'm doing the movie. It's a big read--a fantastic read, but it's probably going to take me until 2020, by which time the movie will be long forgotten.

Which is more nutritious: print or Web?
Print, definitely. The articles are longer, the news is more in-depth, the opinions are more considered. If I'm going to read the paper--I read The Guardian and The Independent--I like to sit down and read them properly.

Give us the skinny on your favorite app.
I use my iPhone as a telephone, as a camera, [for] my emails and text messages, and that's about it. Between eating and looking after the kids and working, I don't have time for it all.

What's your biggest digital indulgence?
I shop online a lot--that's probably my biggest indulgence. I do all my grocery shopping online, and I shop for things for the children, and it's great. It means I don't have to go into town and struggle with the crowds.

With such a bloated media universe, how do you cut out the fat?
I just ignore it. I don't do Facebook, I don't do Twitter, I don't do any of that social networking. I haven't gotten much past email. I've got enough junk in my own head--I don't want to know the junk in other people's heads too.