5 Revelations from Emma Thompson

updated 08/30/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/30/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

WISHES SHE COULD ...

Be better at salsa dancing. I'm not shy and my hip action is great. But my dancing techniques are from the '70s and out-of-date in a tragic way.

FAVE TIME OF DAY

Cooking meals with my family [daughter Gaia, 10; son Tindyebwa, 23, from Rwanda]. My husband [Greg Wise] gave me The Onion Lover's Cookbook, and I've made every recipe.

WEIRDEST HABIT

I always swap the cutlery around because I'm left-handed. At my home it's all reversed, so people say, "Who laid this table?" because I put everything on the wrong side!

GUILTY PLEASURE

Vodka martinis! They're good for you. It amuses me when people have three for lunch. That's my kind of lunch, but it would do me in.

DREAM COSTAR

Sean Penn is my No. 1-and I've told him. He acts with intelligence and commitment. He's the real deal.

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