Jessica Biel talks about strength of sizing up to Hitchcock

Hitchcock is a film about famous British director Alfred Hitchcock at a time in his life when he struggled to bring classic horror Psycho to the big screen.

It stars Anthony Hopkins as the "master of suspense" and Helen Mirren as his wife Alma Reville, a pivotal part of the filmmaker’s success. Janet Leigh – who starred in 'Psycho' – is played by Scarlett Johansson, while Vera Miles is played by actress Jessica Biel.

Biel has explained how Hitchcock had a hard time forgiving Miles for deciding to get pregnant instead of starring in his film Vertigo, which became another classic of his.

"My perception of who she is at this time in this film is a woman who has had some experience with this man, and loves this man, respects him, and he respects her as an artist, and they both have a passion for their work and a desire to be the best in what they do – so they share that love and that dedication,” she told the AP.

“She's decided to make a different choice in her life, and not become the superstar that he was hoping that she would be – that she was being groomed for, which was an insult for him.”

Biel added: “I think he took it as a personal affront in a sense and he was tough on her, and he made her feel it a little bit. She had a great sense of humour about it and didn't let it bother her much, as much as she could handle it.

“From an outside perspective I think she was emotionally affected by his sort of brush off at some point, but in the end she knows that they respect each other and that they kind of have a mutual love for each other."