"Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" hits theaters this weekend and one of the major stars of the film is Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson.

The Swedish actress recently starred in such films as "Hercules," "Vi" and the TV Series "The White Queen." Now she is getting her shot at an action movie before working with Meryl Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins. The actress recently talked with Latin Post about her experience working with Tom Cruise, doing stunts, and the experience of listening to Florence Foster Jenkins for the first time.

David Salazar: I know that you went through an audition process to land your role in this film. What was that process like and how did you feel throughout?

Rebecca Ferguson: I was in the desert in Morocco filming a Biblical part on a camel named Barbie. I had done an audition tape submission. While on this camel, they said that Tom Cruise wanted to meet me for "Mission: Impossible" but they needed me back in 24 hours. So they flew me to London and I met with Tom and Chris McQuarrie.

I was nervous, but I think it went so fast that I didn't have time build up the anxiety. I was just thinking about how to make it work. Tom was so lovely and kind and generous. We talked for two or three hours. Sometimes it hit me that I was talking with Tom Cruise because I forgot he was just a normal man.

And then hours later I was back on the camel trying to understand what had happened.

DS: You have a ton of stunt work in this film. What was the preparation for it like? Did you have a specific fitness regiment you had to go through?

RF: When I got the part, I wrapped this other production and I came home for a week. I flew to London and when I arrived I was taken straight to the gym. From then on it was six hours a day six days a week for a month and a half. There was so much involved in training. It is Pilates, choreography, movement, stretching, making sure that everything is safe. The food was organized so that you could do the stunt work that you could so that you were never lacking in calories.

DS: What was the hardest part of production for you? Any specific stunts?

RF: I think one of the hard things was getting into the movement. Usually you do it for a couple of weeks, but this was constantly moving and tiring. But it was lovely.

I think it is usually the mental blockage and fear that holds you back. I have vertigo and the first thing I had to do was jump off the Vienna Opera House. But I did it. They put me in a harness and we started off low and gradually worked ourselves up. I knew that I could just say stop and they would put a stunt double instead. But because they let me try and practice, I managed to feel secure and do it. And I wound up falling from over 120 feet later on.

DS: Did you feel any added pressure from knowing that you were starring in a major franchise like "Mission: Impossible?"

RF: I never actually felt forced into doing anything and that is one of the reasons that I could do most of the things myself. I knew that I could always says no because I was not forced into anything and there was no competition. I saw Tom Cruise do all the stuff himself and I wondered about whether I could do it also. And because we trained, I was able to do it.

DS: What was the experience of working with Director Christopher McQuarrie?

RF: He is such a storyteller. Being on set with him and Tom, because they know each other so well, they fill out each other's sentences. They have this already-created domestic environment that you are invited into.

DS: You recently finished working on a film about Florence Foster Jenkins. What was the experience of working on that film with Meryl Streep?

RF: Phenomenal. To be able to go from working to Dwayne Johnson [in "Hercules"] to Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg [in "Mission: Impossible] to Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant. It was like acting school for me. I watch, I study people. So even when I wasn't filming I would come in and watch Meryl work.

DS: What was one thing you learned from working with Meryl Streep?

RF: Meryl has an incredible calmness over her. Sets can be stressful. But she just walks out and owns it. She entertains people and creates such a wonderful atmosphere on set. I think that is what it is to be a star.

DS: I imagine that you had to listen to Florence Foster Jenkins' recordings. What was it like listening to them for the first time?

RF: Have you heard them? [Laughs]

DS: Yes I have, unfortunately.

RF: It was like straining a cat. But the ironic thing is she thought she was good because she lived in this world that created illusions. She thought she was brilliant. And it is also because of Hugh Grant's character, he would do anything for her. He would bribe the audience to applaud her. She sold out Carnegie Hall.

The funny thing is that Meryl does all the singing herself. There is no recording. And she sounds exactly like Florence. For Meryl to be able to sing out of tune is hard work. To be able to do it with energy and the thought that you are brilliant is even more difficult.

DS: What is the tone of the film? This seems like it could be such a funny and yet tragic story.

RF: It is incredibly moving. That's life. There is lots of humor but you don't know if you should laugh or cry at someone who really believed in themselves. It's about a woman who would do anything because she loves the occupation she's involved with.

DS: To sum it all up, tell me about when you realized you wanted to be an actress?

RF: I was never one of the people that felt that I needed to be an actress. I goofed around at school and did a casting for a television show. I originally thought that I was not a good actress. I tried it out and from that day I loved it. I felt cocooned putting myself into another character and not feeling responsible for their actions. I love telling stories.