Emma Thompson said that the emotional scene in “Love actually” was inspired by her heartbreak from her first husband Kenneth Branagh, who was allegedly having an affair with Helena Bonham Carter.
Emma Thompson proved to be the necklace scene from the 2003 romantic comedy ‘Love actually’ was inspired by her first husband Kenneth Branagh’s alleged affair with Helena Bonham Carter.
The Academy Award-winning actress told the audience at a London #MeToo movement fundraiser Tuesday night that she used her actual heartbreak from her first marriage to the scene of the Evening Standard reported.
The scene revolved around Thompson’s character Karen realize her husband Harry, played by Alan Was, might be cheating on her. Karen finds a necklace on her husband’s bag, which she assumed was a christmas gift for her, but was surprised when she instead received a Joni Mitchell CD. After her realization that the necklace was for another woman, Karen retreats to her bedroom to listen to the album and cry.
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“That scene where my character is standing by the bed crying is so well known because it is something everyone has experienced,” Thompson told the crowd Tuesday night.
“I had my heart very badly broken by Ken [Branagh]. So, I knew what it was to find out the necklace was not intended for me,” she continued. “It was, well, not exactly that, but we’ve all been there.”
Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh split in 1995 after six years of marriage.
Thompson and Branagh married in 1989 after meeting on the set of the BBC drama “Tide of War” in 1987, according to the Evening Standard.
The two stars split in 1995 after six years of marriage. It was reported at the time that Branagh was allegedly having an affair with Helena Bonham Carter after meeting on the set of “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein” in 1994. Bonham Carter and Branagh dated to 1999.
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In 2013, Thompson told The Sunday Times that they do not hold a grudge against Bonham Carter, Us Weekly reported.
“It is useless. I don’t have the energy for. Helena and I have our peace years and years ago,” Thompson said.
Emma Thompson is married to director and producer Greg Wise.
Thompson found love again with director and producer Greg Wise. The couple has been married since 2003.