Rebecca Ferguson

“forget your Comfort zone”

Words: Rüdiger Sturm

How Mission: Impossible star Rebecca Ferguson confronted her fears with the help of Tom Cruise and some fierce marine predators

THE RED BULLETIN: Have you ever faced a mission impossible of your own?

REBECCA FERGUSON: Yes, the time I had to jump off a building, 40m up. 

Would anyone with their head screwed on do that?

The Mission: Impossible 5 crew would. In this scene, Tom Cruise and I had to leap from the roof of the Vienna State Opera building. We were wearing harnesses, but I can’t believe I went through with it – I’m terrified of heights.

How did you manage it?

I kept practising until I’d conquered the fear. We approached that particular scene gradually. You start from a height of around 2-3m, then you move up to 5 or 6m. And you start by lowering yourself down very slowly. By the end of the process, you’re leaping the full distance. 


  • FULL NAME: Rebecca Louisa Ferguson Sundström
  • BORN: 19 October 1983 (age 32) StockholmSweden
  • FAMOUS FOR: The White Queen, Hercules, Misson: Impossible - Rogue Nation
  • UPCOMING ROLES: Misson: Impossible 6, The Girl on the Train, The Snowman
  • DID YOU KNOW: Her mother helped to translate ABBA’s ‘Waterloo’ from Swedish to English

Mission: Impossible 5 Trailer

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Was it easier with Tom Cruise by your side?

Yes. Tom helped me a lot. He had shot action scenes like that multiple times in the past and he was very calm. I wrapped my legs around him and he jumped.

So, is jumping from tall buildings your new favourite hobby?

I wouldn’t say that. But I’m a lot less afraid of heights now. Repeating it over and over was the best therapy

“I wrapped my legs around him and he jumped”
Rebecca Ferguson on doing a stunt with Tom Cruise

How are you coping now that the adrenalin rush of filming M:I5 is over?

I do miss the training – I did stunts, yoga and Pilates, six hours a day, six days a week. My body really loved it. Well, I still do Pilates at least.

Rebecca Ferguson

Life is Swede: Stockholm-born Rebecca Ferguson owes her non-Scandinavian name to her British mum

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You’re not moping around in bed, then?

There’s always that choice whether to lounge around in bed or get up. Personally, I’ll always go for getting up, moving around, surrounding myself with good people and eating good food.

Is there any challenge you’d shy away from? Shark-diving, for instance?

If I tell you everything I’m afraid of, somebody might offer me a role based on challenging my fears…

What’s wrong with that?

Nothing at all. I love taking on a challenge. That’s why I’m an actress, after all. 

What do you mean?

This job is all about leaving your comfort zone. You’re always trying something new.

So, tackling shark-diving isn’t out of the question?

I’ve already done it! It was good fun. I’ve got a lot of respect for those fish. 

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