Thursday 18 January 2018

Thompson: No to helpless women

Emma Thompson didn't want to play the helpless woman
Emma Thompson didn't want to play the helpless woman

Emma Thompson has revealed she would never agree to star in a film where she played a "helpless" woman.

The Saving Mr Banks star said she was glad she had turned down weaker female roles offered to her earlier in her career.

"There was a patch of time when I was in my 30s and just started [being offered] a whole string of roles that basically involved saying to a man, 'Please don't go and do that brave thing. Don't! No, no, no, no, no!'," she told The Hollywood Reporter.

The two-time Oscar-winner added: "That's a trope, the stock woman who says, 'Don't do the brave thing'. I said no to all of them. I'm so proud."

Emma - who graced the front cover of the magazine's special Actresses issue alongside Amy Adams, Lupita Nyong'o, Julia Roberts, Octavia Spencer and Oprah Winfrey - also talked about kissing Meryl Streep in TV mini-series Angels In America.

"I've snogged her. And what I learned was, you have to use tongues even if you're not a lesbian," she recalled.

"We had to do a snog. The angel gives her an orgasm in Angels In America. Mike Nichols can get anyone to do anything."

The 54-year-old - who stars as Mary Poppins author Pamela Lyndon (PL) Travers in Saving Mr Banks - also joked about how she wanted to give up her British roots after starring in political thriller Imagining Argentina alongside Antonio Banderas.

"I played an Argentinean, and I just didn't want to be English ever again," she quipped.

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