Emma Thompson has been everywhere lately promoting her new film “Saving Mr. Banks” alongside Tom Hanks. But in contrast to the light nature of her Disney film, Emma is opening up nearly 20 years later about a darker period in her life.
In 1989, Emma married fellow British actor Kenneth Branagh and the two went on to become a power couple amongst both theater and movie audiences. But in 1995, their marriage crumbled after six years with reports that Kenneth was cheating with his “Frankenstein” costar Helena Bonham Carter.
For the first time ever, Emma talks about the affair with UK’s Sunday Times. “You can't hold on to anything like that,” says the Oscar winner of the affair. “I just think . . . pfft. It's pointless. I haven't got the energy for it. Helena and I made our peace years and years ago."
After the couple officially divorced, Kenneth and Helena embarked on a public relationship that lasted until 1999. But remarkably, Emma seems to understand her ex-husband’s attraction to the eccentric actress. "Oh we are [alike]," she says. "Being slightly mad and a bit fashion-challenged. Perhaps that's why Ken loved us both. She's a wonderful woman, Helena."
But the actress admits that the period during the scandal was emotionally taxing. "I've had so much bloody practice at crying in a bedroom, then having to go out and be cheerful, gathering up the pieces of my heart and putting them in a drawer," says the star, who uses the experience to enhance some of her more intense on-screen performances.
Luckily, the 54-year-old has found her happy ending. She’s been married to husband Greg Wise for ten years and has two children. Plus, her performance in "Banks" is earning rave reviews! Make sure to check it out on December 20.
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