The Single White Female star stepped away from film work to concentrate on raising her son following her divorce from director Noah Baumbach, which was finalised in 2013, and the actress was convinced her time in the spotlight was over.

However, she has been thrust back into the limelight after Tarantino hired her for his latest movie, and she has scooped a number of awards for her role as fugitive Daisy Domergue.

"Things are very different to a few years ago. I didn't think I'd be in this position again and I really appreciate it now," she tells the London Evening Standard. "I had a child and I stopped working for a while because I wanted to not work, to be a mother. It can be harder when you get out of the film world. But I had made my peace - I was fine with it, I thought, 'This is where my life is right now'...

"I felt like I had a really nice run and worked with some wonderful actors. Maybe it was time to do something else, maybe move into writing, maybe directing again - and then this happened."

The actress goes on to reveal the most shocking moment during filming came when her co-star Kurt Russell smashed a guitar worth $40,000 (£28,073).

"It was an 1860s Martin guitar and I had wanted to keep it as my memento," she adds. "But then (Kurt) decimated it during filming - my reaction (in the film) is real because I was in so much shock. We all thought Quentin was going to use a cheap prop but he used the real one."