What is love actually? Not monogamy – actress Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson at the launch of her book, 'The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit', in London

Monogamy is an "odd state" for today's women, Emma Thompson, the Oscar- winning actress, has said, as she argues that it is too easy to be "caught by the happy-ever-after ideal".

Thompson, the star of 'Howards End', 'The Remains of the Day' and 'Love Actually', said there could be "other models" for romantic happiness.

The actress, who separated from Kenneth Branagh in 1995 after reported infidelities on both sides, posed the idea that people have "three relationships over the three stages of your life" – young, middle and late life.

Thompson (54) who is also a screenwriter, is married to Greg Wise, an actor and producer. They have one daughter and an informally adopted son, a Rwandan orphan.

Answering questions on Mumsnet, the parenting website, about her latest book, 'The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit', Thompson spoke widely about how to foster a love of reading in children, feminism and her on-screen work.

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Asked about her role in 'Love Actually', in which her character discovers her husband is having an emotional affair, Thompson said: "That's hard for me to imagine – being able to have a relationship like that while living at home. It seems odd."

She added: "However, I do think that monogamy is an odd state, and actually I think it's an odd state for women.

"I think that we're locked into certain ideas and certain romantic ideals . . . And I do sometimes wonder about whether there are alternatives, and about whether our fury, rage and disbelief and horror about infidelity is realistic." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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