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Emma Thompson: Live webchat, Wednesday 2 October, 8.15-9.15pm

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 30-Sep-13 12:24:03

To celebrate the publication of Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit, Oscar-winning actress, screenwriter and children's author Emma Thompson is joining us for a webchat on Wednesday 2 October at 8.15pm. The book is Emma's second tale about the iconic blue-coated rabbit; The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit marked the first Beatrix Potter tale to be published since 1930.

Join Emma for a webchat on Wednesday eve at 8.15 pm or post a question to her in advance on this thread.

That is so exciting! I'm a huge fan!

The DC and I are desperate to know if there will be a Nanny McPhee 3 even though I cry at both the others every single time grin.

PS I LOVED Stranger than Fiction.

ShatnersBassoon Mon 30-Sep-13 15:51:02

I feel a bit starstruck blush.

Are there any roles you've played that you would love to go back and have another stab at, whether because you enjoyed it so much or because you'd do it differently second time round?

RollerSkateKate Mon 30-Sep-13 16:39:31

Wow, another starstruck fan here! (Slight wibble!)

My mind is boggling at what I could ask you. There are so many of your performances I could watch over and over (and do) Sense and Sensibility particularly.

My question is, if you could work with anyone you haven't previously, who would it be and why?

Looking forward to Saving Mr Banks!

Ooooh I loved you in Harry Potter, MIB3 and I think we all love the Joni Mitchell scene in Love Actually.

Is it wrong to ask if Stephen Fry is as lovely as he seems and did you really lock all the doors on him and come down the stair naked?? (As you said on QI)

PPPpickUPaPenguin Mon 30-Sep-13 16:50:30

I loves Emma! She has been in so many great films, from being a nanny, to Edwardian servant, right through to witches, Austin, and Shakespeare!

Emma, will you be acting with your family again?

EverybodysGoneSurfing Mon 30-Sep-13 17:53:26

I feel a bit starstruck too! I would love to find out that you are a mumsnetter but I don't expect an answer to that! I don't really have a question, I just wanted to say hoe much I love your work, especially Sense and Sensibility and Love Actually.

dinkystinky Mon 30-Sep-13 17:57:02

My ds2 loves Peter rabbit (and as a result radishes and all rabbit vegs!) which I love as I have fond memories of Peter rabbit from my childhood. Who were your favourite childhood characters and why?

JamieandtheMagicTorch Mon 30-Sep-13 17:59:38

Emma, there was thread here very recently where there was general agreement that whatever their opinions of Love Actually (love it myself), people thought your performance was masterful.

So how nice it must be for you to know that scene is something people will remember for years.

<can't remember last time I was so gushy>

JamieandtheMagicTorch Mon 30-Sep-13 18:04:50

P.S

Is it actually true that lettuce is poisonous to Rabbits and thus BP was advocating bunny cruelty?

IslaValargeone Mon 30-Sep-13 18:15:17

Haven't got any questions, but saw some photos of you doing the rounds with Pierce Brosnan for your film 'The love Punch' and thought you looked bloody fabulous.

FellatioNelson Mon 30-Sep-13 18:15:50

EMMA THOMPSON? shock

Oh blimey. <flustered> What to say? confused Ahem <clears throat>

Emma,

Sorry for the gushing but you are hands down my favourite and most admired actress and two of the most wonderful, memorable, heartbreaking lines/scenes EVER (for me at least) have been delivered by you. The crying scene in Sense and Sensibility when Edward Ferrars finally gets his act together and comes back to you (I blub in solidarity every time) and in Love Actually, that bedroom scene, on Christmas Eve. With some more of that crying that you are so good at. Oh good grief, it's utterly heartbreaking. And it touches a nerve with married women/mothers everywhere. Completely Oscar worthy. We talk about that scene and your character in LA on Mumsnet all the bloody time. We can't get enough of it. Thank you.

Your devotedly,

F. Nelson.

PS. My friend is a London taxi driver and he once had you in the back of his cab. As it were. grin He said you were lovely.

Willemdefoeismine Mon 30-Sep-13 18:17:30

I have watched Sense and Sensibility about three times in the past three months. I just can't get enough of it! It's just brilliant!

Emma, of your main and varied films what is your favourite role and why (if it's not impertinent to ask!)?

Also who do you particularly rate as actors, loved ones excepted?!

Many thanks!

cranberryorange Mon 30-Sep-13 18:33:00

Emma, another massive fan of yours here!

Have you ever turned down a role that you later regretted and which character would you most like to play now if you had the chance?

tinypumpkin Mon 30-Sep-13 19:54:04

Oooh, too hard as Emma is just truly amazing.

What has been the most difficult thing you have done in your varied career and why?

Badvoc Mon 30-Sep-13 19:55:35

OMG!
Emma!
<fans self>
Ok...ok....ok.....
I think sense and sensibility is one of my all time fave films. The scene when Edward tells Elinor he isn't married....sigh smile
Also, along with many other MNers the scene in love actually when your character discovers her husbands affair. Heart rending.
My question is very boring - what made you chose Peter rabbit as a project? My ds2 (5) loves the stories and your new one will be in his Xmas stocking smile
<feels totally star struck>

Another one here having a bit of trouble getting a grip on self....

Ok - stern effort!

Emma, I know you have an amazing mother and are a mother of a daughter yourself. What is the single most important thing for us, as mothers, to teach our daughters?

<<loses grip>>

Can I just say that my whole family LOVED your character in Tutti Frutti. My daughters all have Shakespearean names, the youngest is Beatrice and when I think about the Shakespearean Beatrice I see you, I also love that scene in Love Actually, and Sense and Sensibility and my best friend and I were very keen on Peters Friends and I applied to Cambridge partly because of you (got rejected but hey, taught me a thing or two about life) and you are generally FANTASTIC! smile

Poor woman's going to run screaming from the HQ office isn't she?

MikeLitoris Mon 30-Sep-13 20:55:21

Hi Emma, my question is about the role you played in Love Actually. What do you think happened at the end? That look and awkward kiss in the airport. Do you think your character forgave Alan?

NatashaBee Mon 30-Sep-13 21:19:45

Fantastic question MikeLitoris. It was a great ending but infuriating to someone like me who needs to know for certain!

LovesBeingOnHoliday Mon 30-Sep-13 21:29:58

Emma I love you. You are fab.

Anywho what advice would you give your younger self?

OMG another massive fan here. thanks

I would love to know how you keep yourself looking so fabulous, I'm 39 and I would love to look half as good as you. grin

Littleredflowers Mon 30-Sep-13 22:06:49

Wow, It's so exciting that you are here!

I want to know what you think of the new Peter Rabbit animation on TV. DS (aged 4) and DD1 (aged 2.5) love it and all their games this summer have been stimulated by the characters and stories in the tv show. I have spent many an afternoon pretending to be Mr Todd and chasing them round the park...

Do you think that updating the stories and characters in this way is a good opportunity to reach a new audience or is the tv show taking away some of the magic of the original books?

Ps DD2 is called Jemima so I am biased about which Beatrix Potter character I love the best. Which is your favourite?

I know that is two questions, I'm sorry.

Mumzy Mon 30-Sep-13 22:18:49

You always seem to play the sensible one: Elinor Dashwood, Margaret Schelegal, Harriet Pringle. Do you ever want the play the femme fatale or the giddy airhead and if so from which novel?

southeastdweller Mon 30-Sep-13 22:19:40

MikeLitoris I'd love to know Emma's thoughts on that one, too (your name is one of the best ever I've seen here, btw).

Spongingbobsunderpants Mon 30-Sep-13 22:23:33

I would love to say that your more serious films have been the most inspirational but, in actual fact, your character, Kate Lemon, in The Tall Guy was my feminist role model for the best part of my teenage years... I can still recite many of the the lines and her ascerbic wit provided the basis of many exchanges with boyfriends or potential boyfriends for a good few years (although I don't think I could ever replicate the sex scene!)

I also still hum "Life in the Vatican is fun, fun, fun, for a dancing nun, nun, nun" and use the term 'beardy weirdy', clearly frequently enough for my 4 year old to call random people on the street it.

Anyway, just wanted to say - thank you for that, your Beatrice in Much Ado and all the other lovely films you've made. I also love your mum too!

Spongingbobsunderpants Mon 30-Sep-13 22:31:29

PS: I have a question! What are your thoughts about all the British actors going to America for TV work and receiving more critical acclaim throught that than over here? I mean actors like Hugh Laurie, Eddie Izzard, Dominic West, Ian McShane, Charlie Hunnam etc. (desperately trying to think of some female ones, but failing) Have you ever been tempted by this?

I've had to come back to say that as much as I love you in your serious roles, Your speech in the funeral scene in Men in black 3 was amazingly funny.
And I'm paraphrasing..... Lol :D

Loopytiles Mon 30-Sep-13 22:39:32

Am another fan of your performance in Love Actually, including the scene when she discovers her husband's emotional affair and is alone, but has to get it together for the children.

Lots of women post on here about similar real-life situations and are often advised to Leave the Bastard! The ending of that storyline was ambiguous: do you think she LTB?!

Bicnod Mon 30-Sep-13 22:40:13

<attempts to remain calm>

Hi Emma, thanks for coming to talk to us.

I think you are fabulous grin

I met you a couple of times when I worked for a charity you have been extremely supportive of. My wonderful driver in Ethiopia drove you the previous year (and also sang your praises).

My question is: where in the world would you most like to visit (or revisit) and why?

<faints>

Loopytiles Mon 30-Sep-13 22:43:02

blush sorry, Mikelitoris and others have posted that Q already!

blondieminx Mon 30-Sep-13 23:08:17

Emma thanks for coming to MN - I am a HUGE fan too!

I just wanted to say that scene in Love Actually "you've made a mockery of the life I lead" is amazing. Powerful stuff.

What is the most random/funniest sentence you have ever had to utter to a child? I say this having had to tell my daughter aged 2 not to lick the cat...! confused

I hope you continue to get lots of lovely roles. I always love your films smile

NonnoMum Mon 30-Sep-13 23:25:13

Emma Thompson. I salute you.

The only woman to have won Oscars for both acting and adapted screenplay? Or is it the only person to have won in these two categories?

Either way, that's not my question (just a bit of fawning) but my question is... you seem to have supported/adopted/fostered a young man a few years ago and I think he did very well academically. Did you have any support from Social Services and if so, how did you find that part of the experience?

Thank you.

DameFellatioNelson Tue 01-Oct-13 04:06:51

I was going to ask a question about him too Nonno. Damn it. Will have to think of another one now.

spixblue Tue 01-Oct-13 10:39:35

Hello Emma. Another big fan here both of Beatrix Potter and yourself. I think Beatrix Potter has a lot to teach us. Would the global economy have crashed if everyone had read 'The Tale of Ginger and Pickles'?

lionheart Tue 01-Oct-13 12:12:59

Oh yes, so many brilliant roles. I would certainly like to channel your Nanny McFee from time to time. smile

I sometimes read comments on the scarcity of good roles for women once they get older (which seems to mean over 25) and wonder whether you have felt the same way.

If so, do you end up thinking, 'Bugger it, if I want to play a worthy part I'm going to have to write/direct/produce it myself'?

katieperez Tue 01-Oct-13 12:24:50

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Slimchance Tue 01-Oct-13 12:47:05

Another huge fan here! You are one of my all time favourite actors.

[Feels embarrassed at asking such a trivial question blush of such a hallowed performer but dying to know]

Whenever dh, dd and I are feeling a bit battered by life, we watch the scene from Men in Black3, where you are playing Agent O, and giving a memorial speech in honour of Agent Z (the bit where you are "paraphrasing") and we all immediately feel better!! grin

How on earth did you learn it (or was it an inspired bit of improvisation on your part?)

Lottapianos Tue 01-Oct-13 12:56:41

Yet another huge fan. You are a truly great actor and a wonderful writer. I have enjoyed your films so much. I am so grateful for the work you do for women around the world and for being a proud and wise feminist.

My question is - what do you think is the single biggest issue facing women in the UK at the moment?

Plenty to choose from I know, but I would be interested to hear what concerns you most

thanks

sittinginthesun Tue 01-Oct-13 13:01:49

Another fan here! We often talk about your Love Actually role on here (and agree that is by far the best in the filmgrin).

No question, but please, please, please join Mumsnet, if you haven't already. We promise we won't out you.

motherofmuddles Tue 01-Oct-13 13:52:55

Seems my question re last scene of LA has already been asked, love to know your opinion. (for the record I dont think she does let him come home but that they are amicable for the children's sake)
I can't miss this opportunity to say how bloody fabulous you are and I truly truly adore you - total girl crush!
My daughter has her heart set on being an actress, what would you recommend, should she go straight to drama school at 11 or 16 or wait till university ? Its a big question in our household right now as she moves schools next September. Thank you

Ah see I think they're still together, but it's never quite the same. sad

TheNaughtySausage Tue 01-Oct-13 15:17:02

OMG, Emma Thompson!

You are just brilliant. As is your whole family. And your sister is very funny.

Ok, enough crawly bumlicky. My question is this: would you like to come round for a cup of tea and a bun? I make lovely carrot cake and I have got a delicious squishy baby you can snuggle.

Or - which do you prefer, writing or acting?

Or - is there any particular role you have always dreamt of playing and haven't yet?

Or - what is your favourite cheese? grin

tiredlady Tue 01-Oct-13 17:23:47

Can i ask why you initially were vocal in your support for Roman Polanski. I understand you later withdrew this support but I find it hard to understand why you supported him in the first place. I accept that he is a brilliant director but there is no doubt that he raped and sodomised a 13 yr old girl.

MaxineQuordlepleen Tue 01-Oct-13 18:38:37

Gosh, this thread is all a bit girl crush but I'm going to join in! In our house we love all your family in the various Austen adaptations but just as much we love the magic roundabout stories by your dad. I have wonderful memories of total, crying, pant-wetting laughter with my siblings when we read them as children and now I have the same thing with my 7 yr old daughter. Whenever we need cheering up, we quote Brian: "Good thing Wendy's mouse looks stout". Anyway, thanks for the hours of brilliant entertainment. Looking forward to the Mary Poppins movie, it's such an interesting book.

sittinginthesun Tue 01-Oct-13 18:47:41

I think they're together, but leading separate lives to some extent, because she can never trust him, but still loves him, and he realises his massive mistake and that he can never truly make it up to her. So they carry on, slightly sad, she goes on tours of Italian Cities with her friends and learns pottery or something at night school. He mopes around doing the telegraph crossword.

SpottyDottie Tue 01-Oct-13 18:55:24

Hello Emma! DD and I love Nanny McPhee, especially the line 'I did knock' which we repeat to each other frequently. grin

How do you make time for friendships and do you find it hard to make friends outside of 'showbiz'?

shrinkingnora Tue 01-Oct-13 19:09:27

I know it's a long time ago but was filming 'Much Ado About Nothing' as fun as it looked? I loved the pithy put downs.

highlandcoo Tue 01-Oct-13 20:23:14

Hi Emma

I loved Tutti Frutti and was chuffed to bits when the BBC finally released it on DVD and I could watch it again all these years later. Brilliant on-screen chemistry between you and Robbie Coltrane and just a great series all together.

Your Scottish accent was one of the most convincing I've heard on film or TV. Was that helped by having a Scottish mum, did you have a Scottish accent yourself as a wee girl or are you just very good at accents?

MeanAndMeaslyMiddleAges Tue 01-Oct-13 20:51:07

Hi Emma, I hope you're well and having a fun evening.

There's a thread on Mumsnet at the moment about kids films that make adults cry. Nanny Mcphee has been mentioned. So a) Are you proud of yourself for that, and b) Which kids films reduce you to a gibbering wreck?

YourMaNoBraBackOfMyHearse Tue 01-Oct-13 21:11:26

Will there be a sequel to Junior? You and Arnie could be proud grandparents by now. grin

Tinlegs Tue 01-Oct-13 22:01:27

Will I ever be able to see you on stage? And if you do a play, please tour to Scotland.

QualityScout Tue 01-Oct-13 22:56:08

You are fabulous actress.Always greatly enjoyed your films - even though your performance is often deeply moving.

I always hoped you would buy the rights to the Amelia Peabody books by Elizabeth Peters and produce them. For some reason it seemed a very you role. Have you read them, do you like them.

Hi Emma.
My sister and I agree that you would be one of our dream neighbours on our pretend street. (sad I know)

I love you in all of your roles, from Miss Money Sterling in the Young Ones to Love Actually and Sense and Sensibility. What has been your favourite role to date? Also as I'm nosy, (and the likelihood is you won't say) who has been your favourite person to work with?

MrsWembley Wed 02-Oct-13 09:17:42

Morning.

Can I just say I'm another with a small girly crush - I think you're a bit fabulous...

Not sure if it's a question that can be answered in the short space of time that you have for each one, but how the very devil did you manage to explain Elinor's reserve and calm poise in Sense and Sensibility, without dumbing down to the audience the way that that idiot did with the film version of Pride and Prejudice and the 'explanation' of Jane's reserve?

<wanders off still fuming at what they made poor Keira Knightly do and say>

MrsWembley Wed 02-Oct-13 09:24:46

Jane Bennet was NOT BLOODY SHY!!!

<gibbers>

gwenniebee Wed 02-Oct-13 09:28:43

I was taken to see S&S by my cousin when I was 12 and it had just come into the cinema.... there began my love affair with both Austen and Thompson smile

I have just listened to your interview on Midweek and was very interested that you said you would love to go into schools and talk to young people (as opposed to going into parliament and talking to old ones grin ). If you did, what would you say?

mignonette Wed 02-Oct-13 09:48:40

Good Evening Emma-

It was reported that you had purchased land near London Heathrow to prevent its expansion amid concerns about climate change and the impact that air travel may contribute towards this.

There is a need for another airport or runway because of increasing air travel and the fact is that it has to be built somewhere.

Your own air travel at times could be seen as non necessary. I accept that the trip to Mozambique you made around this time may have been absolutely vital as may be your upcoming trip to Mauritius (with your Sister and Mother) for a writers holiday workshop. I cannot imagine many of us turning down a jolly like that smile.......

However can you not see that many of us are tired of being lectured about climate change and air travel by celebrities who use planes like buses and greatly contribute towards the need for larger airports and more air routes? W/ the internet, much of the travel connected w/ work can be eliminated anyway so the argument that you absolutely have to travel is at times, tenuous.

Love your acting ( I realise saying this after my comments above sounds a bit like Hannibal Lector telling Senator Catherine Martin that he loves her suit after saying horrid things about her kidnapped daughter.grin)

MrsWembley Wed 02-Oct-13 09:50:43

Your speech to Kate Winslet, as Marianne, telling her why you didn't parade your feelings all over the shop was just luffly.

<wanders off to watch it again>

namechanging309 Wed 02-Oct-13 10:23:51

Hi smile

DM (my ma!) and I can always tell a film's going to be worth watching if you're in it, you're a fabulous actress smile

Do you see any of your own personality traits in the characters you play - most especially Nanny McPhee?

namechanging309 Wed 02-Oct-13 10:24:36

Must say I am studying Sense and Sensibility for my uni course, away to sit and watch it this weekend smile

I read that it was your discovery of feminism that led you to become a performer.

Is this accurate? If so do you think that young feminists would be inspired in the same way today and do you think that women in the public eye have a duty to be a good role model?

Orianne Wed 02-Oct-13 13:48:25

That scene in Love Actually gets me every time too. The devastating knowledge that he had given the necklace to someone else yet the necessary need to hold it all together for your children. I cry every time I watch it because you nailed it and I feel it with you. Also, you are and always will be Elinor in my head. Oh and I loved Last Chance Harvey too. I have no question I really just came to fawn over you.

Sorry sorry, I know I'm on the thread already but I've just watched the deleted scenes from Love Actually on YouTube (with the son getting in trouble) and I loved them! I feel a bit like I've just found an extra Malteser in a pack I thought was empty!

Flutternutter Wed 02-Oct-13 14:58:28

Hi Emma,
As someone, who has been through IVF, and has an understanding of the utter emotional devastation it causes will you be doing anything for this years National Infertility Awareness Week ?? Its 28 Oct to 3 Nov this year. I am baking cakes and selling them to friends and family.
I think your character in Love Actually was my favourite, beautifully portrayed x

jonicomelately Wed 02-Oct-13 17:06:39

Hello Emma,

I have enormous respect for you as an actor but even more so as a writer. Why do you think there are depressingly few female writers and producers of film in the UK? It's practically impossible for the very few of us trying to get a break at present. Would you agree that the situation is slightly better in the US, and if so why do you think this is? I've had a screenplay rejected by agents (despite it being described as very well-written with a 'fantastic' female protagonist) that performed really well in several US film festival screenplay competitions (best in category etc). I know it's a really tough industry but nobody seems to be getting anywhere in the UK these days, especially us poor unfortunates based in the North. I know the economy is screwed and this is having a massive effect on film (and theatre and tv for that matter) but are we women being suffering more than our male colleagues? Do you think organisations like Bird's Eye View etc can make a difference?

jonicomelately Wed 02-Oct-13 17:21:00

Good luck with the book as well smile

Sense and Sensibility is my one and only all time favourite film. Every aspect of it is perfect, but that one moment when Colonel Brandon says to Elinor 'Give me an occupation Miss Dashwood or I will run mad' is my favourite. It is the film I watch whenever I am sad or ill, snuggling up on the sofa with a blanket over me. Thank you so much that alone!

I would like to know if you too have a film that you return to in moments of sadness or illness and if so, which is it?

MmeLindor Wed 02-Oct-13 18:26:30

Hello and welcome to Mumsnet. I have just seen on Twitter that you were doing the One Show tonight at 7pm. I do hope MNHQ had some cake and booze waiting for you, to keep you going.

You have been described as a 'member of a show-business family' and I wondered how you see the world of 'showbiz', and whether you would discourage your daughter from working in theater or film, should that be her ambition?

Hello to Emma Thompson - i am washing children and putting them to bed currently but i am looking forward to scrolling through this thread after.

I have been thinking about the difficulties with having a famous father this week, after the Milliband story in a certain paper. My dad died when i was 18 and that was 21 years ago but of course, it still affects me if i hear a story about him from a relative, or song is played that he loved.

I know your father and his memory is well loved and not controversial but is it painful to have some many reminders? Or just comforting to know his work remains as a testament to his life and achievements. My dad was on bbc 2 in the 70's (on open university) but that really is not the same!

Kikibee Wed 02-Oct-13 19:24:18

Hello Emma

I just wanted to say a big thank you from my two older girls, you have lulled them to sleep over the last 3 years as they insist on listening to the audio book of Nanny McPhee every single night grin

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Any chance of doing lots more as I am slightly bored of hearing it!?

RoonilWazlibWuvsHermyown Wed 02-Oct-13 19:37:56

Emma, I love Nanny McPhee! Nurse Matilda was one of my favourite books as a child and I love how much the film fits how I imagined it every time I read it!

Question wise, are there any roles or films you wish you'd played or had a part in?

TheBuskersDog Wed 02-Oct-13 19:42:13

Hi Emma, I know I should ask a question about your illustrious career but I really just want to know where you got the lovely scarf you were wearing on The One Show this evening, thanks.

southeastdweller Wed 02-Oct-13 19:43:43

Hi Emma,

What influence has your late father had on your writing, if any?

Hello Emma, (also think you're a very inspiring woman)

What parts do you hope to play as you get older?

Any chance you're going to be doing some theatre work soon that we can go and see?

Kind regards,
And my foster dd says that her favourite scene ever is you in Love Actually smile

SoleSource Wed 02-Oct-13 19:45:26

I adore watching your movies Emma.

The Remains of The Day is my favourite film. Just grab him Miss Kenton and snog Mr Stevens face off I always shout at the screen but you never listen.

Beautiful film x

thanks

All the best Emma x

DownstairsMixUp Wed 02-Oct-13 19:49:26

I agree about the Love Actually scene - I ALWAYS cry at that scene! I also adore you as Trelawney in Harry potter - perfect casting there I think and you fit her just as I saw her in the books!

What has been your favourite role to play and why?

JamieandtheMagicTorch Wed 02-Oct-13 19:49:40

Ah yes

The Remains of The Day. Heartbreaking. Great film (of a wonderful book)

LaVitaBellissima Wed 02-Oct-13 19:54:44

More gushing from me too I'm afraid, you are my favourite actress of all time flowers so excited you are visiting Mumsnet smile

Your new book will be in a Christmas stocking in my house this year as I love reading to my two girls.

Do you have any favourite childhood books that were read to you as a child? I grew up on Enid Blyton and used to scour car boots for out of print stories.

JamieandtheMagicTorch Wed 02-Oct-13 19:54:57

EMMA- YOU ARE ON THE ONE SHOW right now. Have you mastered time travel?

SoleSource Wed 02-Oct-13 19:56:14

I watched Howard's End yesterday for the millionth time. Love it! smile

Emma will you and Anthony Hopkins make another movie together, PLEASE!! smile

MrsBramleyApple Wed 02-Oct-13 20:02:49

Hi Emma. My favourite of your films is Last Chance Harvey. I think the mother daughter relationship with you and Eileen Atkins and the twist with the neighbour is fabulous.

RadioSilence Wed 02-Oct-13 20:03:01

Hello Emma,
You are on my list of "People I Would Love to Invite Round for Dinner" , so if you were to pop round, and be endlessly mithered by my children as the person who played both Nanny McPhee and Professor Trelawney, what would you like me to serve?

You can bring your husband and children obviously- might as well make a day of it smile

RadioSilence

RoonilWazlibWuvsHermyown Wed 02-Oct-13 20:05:28

Ooh I agree with the Love Actually scene. When the film first came out I was a teenager and just didn't get it really. Watching it as an adult who has been cheated on, it just hits you, the emotions, it just gets me every time.

SoleSource Wed 02-Oct-13 20:09:30

This is so exciting smile

Tee2072 Wed 02-Oct-13 20:10:05

My question was already asked: what do you think happened at the end of Love Actually. You were brilliant in that film.

KatieMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 02-Oct-13 20:10:36

Hullo

We're live in the lovely 'not green' green room at the BBC One show. Emma is fresh from the telly in full Peter Rabbit get-up and ready to get going answering your questions.

Over to you Emma

mousebacon Wed 02-Oct-13 20:11:28

Hello Emma squeeeeeeee

I work as an early years teacher and have watched the standard of children's early literacy decline year after year. Speech problems, poor vocabulary and little experience of books are now common place.

How important do you think it is that children have access to quality literature?

nobutreally Wed 02-Oct-13 20:11:45

Since this we chat popped up, I've been trying to think of an erudite question, and have been trying to resist adding to the love-fest, but I can't help myself. Another one who wants to thank you for making so many characters so real to me, big fan since the fabulous Fortunes of War, and have many enjoyable hours to thank you for!

My question would be... Do you think of yourself as a role model, & if so, what does that mean to you?

EmmaThompson Wed 02-Oct-13 20:12:14

RadioSilence

Hello Emma,
You are on my list of "People I Would Love to Invite Round for Dinner" , so if you were to pop round, and be endlessly mithered by my children as the person who played both Nanny McPhee and Professor Trelawney, what would you like me to serve?

You can bring your husband and children obviously- might as well make a day of it smile

RadioSilence

ShatnersBassoon

I feel a bit starstruck blush.

Are there any roles you've played that you would love to go back and have another stab at, whether because you enjoyed it so much or because you'd do it differently second time round?

I think you want to go back and have another stab at most of them because you always feel like you could go and do it better next time –but that's not always accurate. I did Nanny McPhee twice, and twice was enough!

EmmaThompson Wed 02-Oct-13 20:13:28

Hello I'm here in a dressing room at the BBC with the remains of a chicken salad looking rather salad and I've got a big pair of wellies on because I've been publicising my Peter Rabbit book which is set on a farm, so I thought I'd better look the part. I was on The One Show with Sally who's a great mate so that was a treat!

jonicomelately Wed 02-Oct-13 20:14:08

I'm really looking forward to this smile

EmmaThompson Wed 02-Oct-13 20:15:03

dinkystinky

My ds2 loves Peter rabbit (and as a result radishes and all rabbit vegs!) which I love as I have fond memories of Peter rabbit from my childhood. Who were your favourite childhood characters and why?

My favourite Beatrix Potter book was the Tale of Mr Todd. I was very fond of Mr Todd in a slightly weird way because he was clearly evil and wanted to eat people like Jemima Puddleduck. I loved Tommy the Badger who was the psychopath of the animal world, so I loved the darkness and I loved the language and the pictures. I adored Potter growing up and I think she had a great influence on me.

SoleSource Wed 02-Oct-13 20:15:07

I watched The One show tonight. You look lovely smile

EmmaThompson Wed 02-Oct-13 20:16:42

Badvoc

OMG!
Emma!
<fans self>
Ok...ok....ok.....
I think sense and sensibility is one of my all time fave films. The scene when Edward tells Elinor he isn't married....sigh smile
Also, along with many other MNers the scene in love actually when your character discovers her husbands affair. Heart rending.
My question is very boring - what made you chose Peter rabbit as a project? My ds2 (5) loves the stories and your new one will be in his Xmas stocking smile
<feels totally star struck>

Peter Rabbit wrote to me personally. He sent a tiny letter and it came in a box which had a couple of half eaten radishes in it. And I think that if they'd asked me formally I would have most definitely said no, but because Peter had asked me personally I thought I'd say yes! I've loved doing it, and they've taken a long time to write. But there's a marvelous illustrator Eleanor Taylor who I know can capture the mood of these animals so perfectly. The books are beautifully tasteful and exquisite things that you want to hold in your hand and nibble at.

whohasnickedmyvodka Wed 02-Oct-13 20:17:47

Hi emma my question is what film would you have loved to been in and what film makes you cry

EmmaThompson Wed 02-Oct-13 20:18:04

northernlurker

Another one here having a bit of trouble getting a grip on self....

Ok - stern effort!

Emma, I know you have an amazing mother and are a mother of a daughter yourself. What is the single most important thing for us, as mothers, to teach our daughters?

<<loses grip>>

Can I just say that my whole family LOVED your character in Tutti Frutti. My daughters all have Shakespearean names, the youngest is Beatrice and when I think about the Shakespearean Beatrice I see you, I also love that scene in Love Actually, and Sense and Sensibility and my best friend and I were very keen on Peters Friends and I applied to Cambridge partly because of you (got rejected but hey, taught me a thing or two about life) and you are generally FANTASTIC! smile

Poor woman's going to run screaming from the HQ office isn't she?

I'd say self love. I think women find it very difficult not to feel guilt, and I think guilt is as corrosive as envy and rage. I think it can really corrupt our responses and I think if we learn from a very early age to love ourselves and be kind to ourselves that everyone else follows. It's a female necessity.

EmmaThompson Wed 02-Oct-13 20:20:22

motherofmuddles

Seems my question re last scene of LA has already been asked, love to know your opinion. (for the record I dont think she does let him come home but that they are amicable for the children's sake)
I can't miss this opportunity to say how bloody fabulous you are and I truly truly adore you - total girl crush!
My daughter has her heart set on being an actress, what would you recommend, should she go straight to drama school at 11 or 16 or wait till university ? Its a big question in our household right now as she moves schools next September. Thank you

For your daughter, really interesting actors have lived. I didn't start acting until I was 27, until then I went to school, went to university, did comedy, wrote things, did a mime course, travelled, learnt how to speak a different language. I tired everything. Drama school at 11 seems to me to be a bit of a waste and if you do go to a drama school, choose one that has a very wide range of subjects because when you get to the age of 30 and all you've ever learnt about is acting you might feel a little bit hard done by because if you're going to spend your life trying to represent other human beings you need to find out as much about the world and other human beings as possible. The only way to do that is to do as much you can, and that's the best road to becoming an artist of any kind.

midwifeandmum Wed 02-Oct-13 20:21:28

I actually named dd2 after u after watching johnathen ross 2 years ago lol xx
Zoe

EmmaThompson Wed 02-Oct-13 20:22:08

spixblue

Hello Emma. Another big fan here both of Beatrix Potter and yourself. I think Beatrix Potter has a lot to teach us. Would the global economy have crashed if everyone had read 'The Tale of Ginger and Pickles'?

Great question! I just read the tale of Ginger and Pickles and of course for those of you out there who haven't read it lately. If you haven't read it, Ginger and Pickles runs a shop on credit, so no one ever pays. Tabitha runs a business nearby and doesn't run a shop on credit. Ginger and Pickles run a business on generousity not a business head. I would personally like to know what this two percent growth is about, if we keep growing like that we'll implode. It's time empathy was introduced into business.

midwifeandmum Wed 02-Oct-13 20:23:08

I have delivered a women 3 years ago who named her baby after u too. Ur such an inspirational actress emma
Zoe xx

EmmaThompson Wed 02-Oct-13 20:23:13

RollerSkateKate

Wow, another starstruck fan here! (Slight wibble!)

My mind is boggling at what I could ask you. There are so many of your performances I could watch over and over (and do) Sense and Sensibility particularly.

My question is, if you could work with anyone you haven't previously, who would it be and why?

Looking forward to Saving Mr Banks!

Thank you very much, Kate. There's quite a lot of dead people I'd like to work with, like Marlon Brando. At the moment I'm trying to find something to do with Sean Penn. I'd like to work with Meryl Streep, I'd love to do a comedy with her. I'll work with anyone who's up for it really!

EmmaThompson Wed 02-Oct-13 20:24:25

cranberryorange

Emma, another massive fan of yours here!

Have you ever turned down a role that you later regretted and which character would you most like to play now if you had the chance?

Yes, I have, but I can't tell you what ones because I'll have to go home and take an overdose. Regret is a very unwise emotion. Who I'd like to most play now if I had the chance –I'm thinking of doing an action movie, what do you think? Getting very very buff... And not necessarily having a gun but being sly and whiley and running around a lot. I fancy that!

Hello Emma Thompson. It is an honour indeed to be in your virtual presence. I am really so in awe of you and have loved all your films, or at least I can't think of one I haven't enjoyed. When I was a teenager my friends said that your character in Peter's friends summed me up... the bit where your character threw all the presents in a somewhat socially awkward way because no-one else had remembered.

If I was to have a fantasy friends coffee then you'd definitely be invited along with other famous women who I consider strong leads for my generation (along with Annie Lennox among others). You obviously like Beatrix Potter, or at least her stories... but I was wondering whether there were any strong women that you'd invite for a fantasy friend's coffee, that you haven't yet had the opportunity of meeting, or even those whose company you can't get enough of.

Who are your inspirational women?

EmmaThompson Wed 02-Oct-13 20:26:15

Willemdefoeismine

I have watched Sense and Sensibility about three times in the past three months. I just can't get enough of it! It's just brilliant!

Emma, of your main and varied films what is your favourite role and why (if it's not impertinent to ask!)?

Also who do you particularly rate as actors, loved ones excepted?!

Many thanks!

My favourite roles... There are quite a few. I loved playing Nanny McPhee. I loved playing Margaret in Howard's End –she spoke to me particularly I think as an early feminist, and me as a die-hard feminist now. I was fascinated by her and understood her dilemmas.

I rate many actors. Gosh! I loved Glenn Close, Meryl Streep, Sally Hawkins, Kate Blanchet, Kate Winslet, my sister Sophie Thompson is one of my favourite actresses (and I don't mean that in a family way!), Imelda Staunton. There are so many wonderful young actors now too.

Oooh you answered my question and said exactly what I would say too! <<crush grows to truly alarming proportions>>

THANK YOU smile

midwifeandmum Wed 02-Oct-13 20:28:36

Hello emma. Im trying to get my too daughters into literature. What kind of books/ authors would u recommend? Xx

Quite starstruk midwifeand mum lol xxxx

gazzalw Wed 02-Oct-13 20:29:47

I'm hellishly impressed at the rate at which you're getting thro' the questions, Emma....grin

EmmaThompson Wed 02-Oct-13 20:29:54

gwenniebee

I was taken to see S&S by my cousin when I was 12 and it had just come into the cinema.... there began my love affair with both Austen and Thompson smile

I have just listened to your interview on Midweek and was very interested that you said you would love to go into schools and talk to young people (as opposed to going into parliament and talking to old ones grin ). If you did, what would you say?

Well I went into a school near me to do a talk about work and my life. All the work I've done, the comedy, the writing, everything., It was jolly good fun. At the end I was struck because the young head mistress asked me if I would come back because these girls have no role models apart from their mums. Out there in the public there are no role models for them... I started to think about that and I was very taken aback and saddened. But actually when you start to think about the cult of celebrity, so much attention is being paid to emptiness these days, that it's probably quite difficult to find people who are speaking with any kind of muscular integrity and intelligence, especially in the arenas of media that are commonly accessible. TV mainly I guess I was interested in that and I thought grass-roots discussion with young people is absolutely vital and I've always fancied that idea. Almost going on the road with a bus and doing a research project about young women and where they want to go. I had a fascinated discussion with a young woman who's just won a prize for carpentry. I think she's the first to win it. She was telling me how difficult it was for a friend of hers to become an electrician. She went and did an apprenticeship with a master electrician who told her she was one of the best, but unfortunately people don't trust women with electricity! That's something we need to change.

EmmaThompson Wed 02-Oct-13 20:30:18

midwifeandmum

Hello emma. Im trying to get my too daughters into literature. What kind of books/ authors would u recommend? Xx

Quite starstruk midwifeand mum lol xxxx

How old are they?

motherofmuddles Wed 02-Oct-13 20:30:26

Thank you Emma, wise words

Bunnygirlie Wed 02-Oct-13 20:30:38

Hey Emma, love your work.

Do you have a fav film role that you would like to have a go at?

midwifeandmum Wed 02-Oct-13 20:31:30

Thankyou for your answer emma. Dd1 is 4 and dd2 is 18 months. Dd2 is named after u lol. Xxx

EmmaThompson Wed 02-Oct-13 20:31:31

blondieminx

Emma thanks for coming to MN - I am a HUGE fan too!

I just wanted to say that scene in Love Actually "you've made a mockery of the life I lead" is amazing. Powerful stuff.

What is the most random/funniest sentence you have ever had to utter to a child? I say this having had to tell my daughter aged 2 not to lick the cat...! confused

I hope you continue to get lots of lovely roles. I always love your films smile

It'll be something like "is that really where you want to put your shoe?!"

nobutreally Wed 02-Oct-13 20:31:34

I know we're not meant to have another question, but this is a BP one.

Other than Peter, who else would you like to take on?
I'd love to know more about some of the characters we only meet in Apply Dappleys' Nursery Ryhmes - Where does the black rabbit get those carrots? Where is the guinea pig going in his blue tie?

EmmaThompson Wed 02-Oct-13 20:33:42

tinypumpkin

Oooh, too hard as Emma is just truly amazing.

What has been the most difficult thing you have done in your varied career and why?

The most difficult thing by far was stand-up comedy. I did it on and off, occasionally earning money, but mainly for political benefit! In 1984 during the mining strike I was on a bill in London with French and Saunders, and I was standing back stage waiting to go on and I was so frightened I thought I was going to have a heart attack. I then thought, maybe this isn't the role for me! I always thought I would be a comedian, I thought I could be Lilly Tomlin or someone like that, and I sometimes wonder again about doing a show like that with lots of lots of different characters all tied in with what it's about to be human. I think it's a young persons game, you need to have the energy. I think the naked narcisim is too much now. Stand-up is a fine and exqusite form and I admire people that do it with all my heart – the great ones.

Badvoc Wed 02-Oct-13 20:33:46

Thanks Emma! smile
You are such a talented writer, can't wait to get the new book.
If you had to chose which would you prefer to spend the rest of your career doing - Acting or writing?

EmmaThompson Wed 02-Oct-13 20:34:54

TheNaughtySausage

OMG, Emma Thompson!

You are just brilliant. As is your whole family. And your sister is very funny.

Ok, enough crawly bumlicky. My question is this: would you like to come round for a cup of tea and a bun? I make lovely carrot cake and I have got a delicious squishy baby you can snuggle.

Or - which do you prefer, writing or acting?

Or - is there any particular role you have always dreamt of playing and haven't yet?

Or - what is your favourite cheese? grin

I like both because they're so different. Acting is easier than writing sometimes. Writing is solitary and demanding and often quite depressing because it takes so long and you get it wrong so often. Acting's about letting go, writing is about the disapline of pulling your chair up to the writing desk. There is nothing else but that...

FutureMum Wed 02-Oct-13 20:34:58

Hi there,

Like others, I really appreciate your films, but the one thing that always comes to my mind first after I read it is the story of your son's adoption. He is so lucky, as I am sure you are very loving and supportive parents. Great stuff.
My question is: Which actors have inspired you to develop your career? (Just wondering if it may be The One that I named my daughter after, in the hope that it will inspire her to be independent, resourceful, strong, inspiring to others.)

Thank you!

tinypumpkin Wed 02-Oct-13 20:35:01

Thanks Emma, really interesting. Working with French and Saunders must have been great as well as anxiety inducing!

EmmaThompson Wed 02-Oct-13 20:36:15

midwifeandmum

Thankyou for your answer emma. Dd1 is 4 and dd2 is 18 months. Dd2 is named after u lol. Xxx

How lovely to have a beautiful child named after me. I'm thrilled. Read to them. Read things that you like. Don't worry about them reading for a bit, children don't have to start reading until quite late on I think. I think it's nice to be read to and I wish I had insisted on reading to my daughter for longer before she thrusted me to the side. I think it's so valuable to take something that you love and read it. That's what I'd say to do now. Later, just leave things lying around the house. Or better, leave the books you really want them to read just out of reach!

midwifeandmum Wed 02-Oct-13 20:38:11

Thankyou very much for ur reply Emma. Hubby, daughters and I are massive fans. Ur a real inspiration and such a grounded lady

Zoe xx

EmmaThompson Wed 02-Oct-13 20:38:16

Bicnod

<attempts to remain calm>

Hi Emma, thanks for coming to talk to us.

I think you are fabulous grin

I met you a couple of times when I worked for a charity you have been extremely supportive of. My wonderful driver in Ethiopia drove you the previous year (and also sang your praises).

My question is: where in the world would you most like to visit (or revisit) and why?

<faints>

I would like to go back to Burma. I went recently with my son on an ActionAid trip. The place itself, because it was still quite closed was inconceivably interesting. Very patriarchal. I'd love to go out there and meet some of the young activists that I met there. Fascinating.

EmmaThompson Wed 02-Oct-13 20:39:18

LovesBeingOnHoliday

Emma I love you. You are fab.

Anywho what advice would you give your younger self?

Don't ever go on a diet. Just don't. Walk away. From the diet. Ignore the books. Ignore the magazines. Make the diet the D word. Diets are the spawn of satan.

EmmaThompson Wed 02-Oct-13 20:39:35

TheStitchWitch

OMG another massive fan here. thanks

I would love to know how you keep yourself looking so fabulous, I'm 39 and I would love to look half as good as you. grin

Always on a diet. I'm on a diet now. Endless diets.

EmmaThompson Wed 02-Oct-13 20:40:35

IHeartKingThistle

Sorry sorry, I know I'm on the thread already but I've just watched the deleted scenes from Love Actually on YouTube (with the son getting in trouble) and I loved them! I feel a bit like I've just found an extra Malteser in a pack I thought was empty!

I wrote another Nanny McPhee called Nanny McPhee in Space and they said it was too expensive. Do you think that if we got all the Mumsnet people together and raised the money they'd think again?!

IHeartKingThistle

That is so exciting! I'm a huge fan!

The DC and I are desperate to know if there will be a Nanny McPhee 3 even though I cry at both the others every single time grin.

PS I LOVED Stranger than Fiction.

I wrote another Nanny McPhee called Nanny McPhee in Space and they said it was too expensive. Do you think that if we got all the Mumsnet people together and raised the money they'd think again?!

spixblue Wed 02-Oct-13 20:42:27

Mumsnet via Kickstarter

EmmaThompson Wed 02-Oct-13 20:42:54

SpottyDottie

Hello Emma! DD and I love Nanny McPhee, especially the line 'I did knock' which we repeat to each other frequently. grin

How do you make time for friendships and do you find it hard to make friends outside of 'showbiz'?

I think friendship is one of the most important things in life. My three oldest friends I've known since I was seven, eleven and nineteen and they're my rocks, my load-stones. I just make sure that I see them and that we communicate. One lives in Scotland, one lives in London and one lives in Durham. The Durham one we just meet once or twice a year and we go away for the weekend. I find that as I get older a dinner isn't enough. With an old friend you just want to spend more time. As your children get older you can just go off. It's one of my favourite things – pursuing my friendships. I like making new friends of course, and sometimes I do with my job but it's not the same as having known someone for 30 or 40 years. Nothing compares to those friendships.

EmmaThompson Wed 02-Oct-13 20:44:11

nobutreally

I know we're not meant to have another question, but this is a BP one.

Other than Peter, who else would you like to take on?
I'd love to know more about some of the characters we only meet in Apply Dappleys' Nursery Ryhmes - Where does the black rabbit get those carrots? Where is the guinea pig going in his blue tie?

Where is that guinea pig going?! Some sort of masonic lodge meeting or something!? That's a good idea to go back to Apply Dappley. I've got a black rabbit in the first Peter Rabbit book in Scotland. There's a huge black Scottish rabbit called Finley, so I'm not sure if I would reintroduce another character so similar. But I will look –that's a lovely idea thank you!

MN can make anything happen!

Nanny McPhee in Space...grin

LaVitaBellissima Wed 02-Oct-13 20:48:00

Yes to Nanny McPhee in Space grin

shrinkingnora Wed 02-Oct-13 20:49:06

I'm now worrie do have inadvertently offended you with my question. So I will rephrase it - did you enjoy making much ado?

midwifeandmum Wed 02-Oct-13 20:50:00

Ill try get £20 for every baby i deliver this year and donate it to MN's foundation 'nanny mcfee in space' it will certainly keep dd1 happy. Shes a massive fan. She says her gran has nanny mcfee teeth.....oops
Zoe xx

shrinkingnora Wed 02-Oct-13 20:50:09

Sorry, that sounded really aggressive! I just loved the film so much and it's my go to feel good film.

morethanpotatoprints Wed 02-Oct-13 20:50:55

Another Yes to Nanny McPhee in space grin

EmmaThompson Wed 02-Oct-13 20:51:01

MikeLitoris

Hi Emma, my question is about the role you played in Love Actually. What do you think happened at the end? That look and awkward kiss in the airport. Do you think your character forgave Alan?

Love Actually was a very funny, short gig. It was very emotional, and I've had more responses to it than anythign else. I have people coming up to me on the tube and say "How did you klnow?!" Everyone, of course, has had a heartbreak. And I agree with you, Alan's behaviour is very bad because we assume his relationship with this girl is very serious, and that's hard for me to imagine –being able to have a relationship like that whilst living at home. It seems odd to me. 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 that have shaped our thinking about relationships for some time. And I do sometimes wonder about whether there are alternatives, and about whether our fury and rage and disbelief and horror about infidelity is quite realistic. I, of course, have got the t-shirt, so I understand the feelings very well but I think as I get older and think about long-term relationships, I do see that they can change. I've watched that in lots of instances, with lots of friends and we all live so long now! I sometimes wonder whether, whilst there is of course a completely wonderful monogamous model, that we'd all love because it feels safe and secure and there's probably less work, than say another model that is three relationships over the three stages of your life. Your young life, your middle life, and your late life. All I'm suggesting is that there are other models and I'm also suggesting that we'd been a little bit caught by the happy-ever-after ideal. All the fairy stories end when people get married and go off into the sunset, there are very few stories that deal with the nuts and bolts and actualities of serious relationships. I think that relationships are very hard work, that we can take our eyes off the ball very easily, I think that children can be a huge strain on relationships – it depends on what kind of relationship you have. I feel quite strongly that Alan is demonised and I kind of understand.

EmmaThompson Wed 02-Oct-13 20:52:17

Tinlegs

Will I ever be able to see you on stage? And if you do a play, please tour to Scotland.

i don't do plays at the moment because my daughter is 13 and she gets home from school at 5.30, at which point I would leave for the theatre, on Saturday I would leave at half 12 and on Sunday I'd be so tired that all I'd be able to do is sip a small gin and lye in a heap. Whereas a film is a short, sharp patch of work that's then over, and writing I can do at home. But when my daughter is ready to chuck me out the house, I'll come and tour Scotland!

EmmaThompson Wed 02-Oct-13 20:52:31

midwifeandmum

Ill try get £20 for every baby i deliver this year and donate it to MN's foundation 'nanny mcfee in space' it will certainly keep dd1 happy. Shes a massive fan. She says her gran has nanny mcfee teeth.....oops
Zoe xx

That'll pay for half a wall! That's very kind!

EmmaThompson Wed 02-Oct-13 20:54:11

shrinkingnora

I know it's a long time ago but was filming 'Much Ado About Nothing' as fun as it looked? I loved the pithy put downs.

Yes, it was just wonderful. We were all very happy, and it is of course the basis for romantic comedy. Shakespeare invented it. Two people that appear to be at each others throats then in fact end up together. I think he invented it, and it's a form that never left us and it's just heaven. Imagine a bunch of little white pale English actors being taken out to Italy and being told to get a sun tan! We were in bliss! All that pasta... We were so hot I had to sleep with a wet towel around my head all night.

'I think that relationships are very hard work, that we can take our eyes off the ball very easily'

Yes absolutely! (the crush is now so big it's applying to be recognised as a nation state...) blush

FCEK Wed 02-Oct-13 20:56:16

Hope I'm not too late.

You've played so many people, real and fictional.

Is there any character or RL person you would absolutely LOVE to portray?

midwifeandmum Wed 02-Oct-13 20:56:33

Cant wait for Peter Rabbit book Emma, dd1 has it on pre order on xmas list lol

Zoe xx

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Wed 02-Oct-13 20:56:33

Emma, sorry to be a bit off piste but did you swoon as I did over Denzel Washington in leather trousers in Italy?

Thank you Emma, for this webchat. Your answer just up there on monogamy really resonated. I love the idea of 3 stages of monogamy for 3 life stages!

I want to be as wise as Emma Thompson.

<stamps foot>

midwifeandmum Wed 02-Oct-13 20:57:16

Neverknowingly, me too (swoon) lol xx

How many people are on Mumsnet? ...if we all cough up an equal amount, how much is that each to fund Nanny McPhee in space? smile

shrinkingnora Wed 02-Oct-13 20:57:52

Thank you for answering!

PS My mother in law is called Maggie and whenever we go out for a meal and they're all dithering about where to sit I say 'How about we go boy, girl, boy, Maggie' a la Peter's Friends. They never know what I'm talking about..

midwifeandmum Wed 02-Oct-13 20:58:29

Down2 - im paying for half a wall lol x

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Wed 02-Oct-13 20:58:40

Ah Peters friends.. totally forgot about how much I loved that film

spixblue Wed 02-Oct-13 20:59:49

The precariousness of personal relationships is very true. A relationship might end when one half of the couple gets put in a pie by Mrs McGregor.

EmmaThompson Wed 02-Oct-13 20:59:56

Whitershadeofpale

I read that it was your discovery of feminism that led you to become a performer.

Is this accurate? If so do you think that young feminists would be inspired in the same way today and do you think that women in the public eye have a duty to be a good role model?

It's true that when I was a young woman and starting my professional life in comedy, I started to think about politics and I started to get very angry about what had happened to women and what was still happening to women and I started to write about it. I started to write sketches about it and I did a sketch show in Edinburgh at the festival then I did a solo show on TV which I didn't handle very well in the sense that I had started to act and I had been recognised as an actor in Tutti Fruiti and I was asked after that by my comedy producer if I wanted to continue with acting or go back to my comedy. And I said no I want to do the comedy, so I sat down and wrote this comedy series for a year and it was all political. I look back at it now and all of it was about things that I felt strongly about. There was one set with me and Imelda Staunton where this medevil woman comes into my kitchen and says 'I've gone and split the atom, he's going to be so cross!'. It was a piece about not being about to outshine your husband. There was a piece about dieting called Auto-Canibalism about eating yourself until you're the size you want to be! There was a lot of politics in that early comedy and I got it in the neck from critics who slammed it. There was no laugh track and it was quite odd, I suppose, for people. I was absolutely excoriated by the critics who were mostly men who said it was man-hating. Not funny, women can't write comedy, etc. It was a very interesting experience because it was a huge, massive very public failure. It was very painful. And I stopped writing comedy. I started writing screenplays. I started writing Sense and Sensibility because my producer saw it and wanted me to do it, but I stopped writing comedy. It was so painful. IT's interesting when I talk to young people now and they look at me and see someone built from success. But I'm not, I'm largely built on failure. Failure is one of the most important aspects of our artistic lives. If you can't survive failure you can't be an artist. This was not only failure, it was an attack. Profound misogyny, and it's still abroad!

EmmaThompson Wed 02-Oct-13 21:00:33

PersonalClown

Ooooh I loved you in Harry Potter, MIB3 and I think we all love the Joni Mitchell scene in Love Actually.

Is it wrong to ask if Stephen Fry is as lovely as he seems and did you really lock all the doors on him and come down the stair naked?? (As you said on QI)

I did, yeah. It was great. I walked down the stairs and Stephen battered about the hall like a bird in a porch, desperately trying to get away from me and covering his eyes. It was heaven.

EmmaThompson Wed 02-Oct-13 21:01:29

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood

Emma, sorry to be a bit off piste but did you swoon as I did over Denzel Washington in leather trousers in Italy?

They were all in leather trousers! I swooned over all the leather trousers! Blue or black... Keanu for heavens sakes! Beautiful Keanu. I saw him in Toronto at a film festival a few weeks ago and he looked exactly the same... Lovely boy.

aufaniae Wed 02-Oct-13 21:02:34

Do you need anyone to play your daughter?

My friend is an actor (she trained at LAMDA) I've always thought she looks like you, and would be great cast as your daughter.

A very random and shameless plug I know, but I've always hoped for a chance to ask you, and hey this is mumsnet so slightly topical I guess grin

SpottyDottie Wed 02-Oct-13 21:04:05

Thank you for answering my question. smile

My best friend and I will have been friends for 40 years next year. I absolutely agree with your comment about older friendships. I'd say we know everything there is to know about each other.....and still like each other grin

dottyaboutstripes Wed 02-Oct-13 21:05:15

Did you notice someone trying to take a sneaky pic at heathrow after returning from Toronto last month but it wasn't so sneaky as the flash went off? That was my husband and he was ever so excited by it grin

gwenniebee Wed 02-Oct-13 21:05:39

Thank you for answering my question smile I agree entirely about modern "empty" celebrity...

DebbieReynolds Wed 02-Oct-13 21:06:29

Hi Emma

Just wanted to say, beautifully put, regarding Alan Rickman's character in Love Actually, and everything you've said about our (probably unrealistic) expectations regarding fidelity. Relieved that this is coming from an intelligent, respected feminist.

Where do you think this so-called Cult of Celebrity (aka known as: not understanding that the reason why people become famous is because they are very good at something) is coming from?

Is there anything we can do to get through to young people that it's about doing not just being? Or does it all follow Andy Warhol's prediction and must be accepted as part of life now?

Gawd, this all sounds very humourless and in earnest. Maybe I should put in a swear word at the end to try to lighten things up a bit. My favourite one is piss. blush

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Wed 02-Oct-13 21:07:21

just to add I totally agree with the head teacher who asked you to come back.
an intelligent eloquent voice in a world of inane chatter would be an awesome thing for our daughters to hear.

MrsCampbellBlack Wed 02-Oct-13 21:07:36

Emma - just to say, your performance in Love Actually was the single best thing in that film. I cried watching you smoothing those bed covers.

crunchybargalore Wed 02-Oct-13 21:07:55

How do you deal with the press Emma?

Also what a brilliant web chat - Thank you for this and for all the entertainment you have provided! smile

Jhunter5 Wed 02-Oct-13 21:07:56

Hi Emma Where was your scarf from that you wore on the one show? I loved it and I will be buying your book for sure!!!

MrsCampbellBlack Wed 02-Oct-13 21:08:46

I've loved you since Fortunes of War which was a couple of years back wink

shrinkingnora Wed 02-Oct-13 21:10:00

And before you go, please can I ask what you called woodlice when you were a child? We've come up with about 60 regional variants on a thread today and would love to know what yours is!

EmmaThompson Wed 02-Oct-13 21:10:03

jonicomelately

Hello Emma,

I have enormous respect for you as an actor but even more so as a writer. Why do you think there are depressingly few female writers and producers of film in the UK? It's practically impossible for the very few of us trying to get a break at present. Would you agree that the situation is slightly better in the US, and if so why do you think this is? I've had a screenplay rejected by agents (despite it being described as very well-written with a 'fantastic' female protagonist) that performed really well in several US film festival screenplay competitions (best in category etc). I know it's a really tough industry but nobody seems to be getting anywhere in the UK these days, especially us poor unfortunates based in the North. I know the economy is screwed and this is having a massive effect on film (and theatre and tv for that matter) but are we women being suffering more than our male colleagues? Do you think organisations like Bird's Eye View etc can make a difference?

I think if I'm honest that there's a lot of misogyny in the film industry. I know well older women who've lost their jobs recently or been passed over recently. Producers of enormous talent, one of whom was told it was because of the smell of dried eggs, i.e. menopause. It's so much the same old story that I'm hesitant about giving any reply. I tend to think if you're going to do anything in this industry you just have to be so much better than the guys, and then even if you are, there's resentment. This is not just the film industry I'm talking about, this happens in NGO organisations, in aid work, and of course sometimes women are very unpleasant to other women coming up. Stories about women are so rare. Films about women are so rare. We just have to keep writing them, and we just have to keep trying, whilst remaining aware of the huge challenges. I've travelled around a lot and spoken to a lot of women in a lot of different places and lines of work, and it seems clear to me that the world is simply not woman-friendly at the moment, and there's a great deal of work to be done on many fronts. But it can't be achieved only by pointing out how unbalanced and unfortunate it all is. Somewhere in my decaying brain, I know that we have to celebrate and really learn how to create a female identity. There's something about learning to create a female identity that's so positive and so irresistible, that to be a woman must feel like the best thing ever... But it's difficult to create that. It's like advertising really. There was a really good film recently called No that was about how to sell the no vote in Chile when they were trying to tell people that the dictatorship had been a bad thing. It was about getting an advertising agency on board and making it just joyful. There's something inside that idea, some seed that is intriguing me at the moment as a living and ancient feminist, who believe that women are really up against it in many parts of the world and very much here.

midwifeandmum Wed 02-Oct-13 21:10:17

I think i speak on behalf of all MN's users when i say, thankyou ever so much for taking time to answer our questions.

Ur inspirational and a great role model for the young women of today.

Kindest regards
Zoe xx

EmmaThompson Wed 02-Oct-13 21:11:17

Jhunter5

Hi Emma Where was your scarf from that you wore on the one show? I loved it and I will be buying your book for sure!!!

I'm so glad you asked me! The scarf is the pattern of the endpapers of the books and it's by a company called Roam in Scotland. It's so beautiful and they make blankets and beautiful items in Scottish cashmere. It's a small company and their work is exquisite!

EmmaThompson Wed 02-Oct-13 21:12:06

dottyaboutstripes

Did you notice someone trying to take a sneaky pic at heathrow after returning from Toronto last month but it wasn't so sneaky as the flash went off? That was my husband and he was ever so excited by it grin

That's very funny. I hope it was a nice picture! I tend to look rather grumpy in airports.

Thank you do much for answering grin

Rowlers Wed 02-Oct-13 21:13:36

Thanks Emma for doing the webchat so brilliantly - a hugely refeshing change!
Quick question if you have time - you are clearly well-loved (so much evidence on this thread ) so how do you stay so, well, normal, in the sleb world? Must be hard.

EmmaThompson Wed 02-Oct-13 21:14:02

shrinkingnora

And before you go, please can I ask what you called woodlice when you were a child? We've come up with about 60 regional variants on a thread today and would love to know what yours is!

How beautiful! I called it a woodlouse!

Almostfifty Wed 02-Oct-13 21:14:35

I spend a lot of time looking over at your lair up here in the frozen north. I will wave next time I do.

Such an intelligent, witty woman, you've done a lot to bring women to the forefront. Well done.

shrinkingnora Wed 02-Oct-13 21:15:48

Thank you! May I suggest chucky pig as an alternative should you ever get bored of wood louse. Or any of the other sixty...

EmmaThompson Wed 02-Oct-13 21:16:02

lionheart

Oh yes, so many brilliant roles. I would certainly like to channel your Nanny McFee from time to time. smile

I sometimes read comments on the scarcity of good roles for women once they get older (which seems to mean over 25) and wonder whether you have felt the same way.

If so, do you end up thinking, 'Bugger it, if I want to play a worthy part I'm going to have to write/direct/produce it myself'?

Quite honestly, a lot of the time except on television there aren't a lot of roles even for lyoung women. Yes it's true, of course it's true. There's a very bald patch between 40 and 55 that because you're not the romantic lead anymore and you're not necessarily the mother anymore (although that's all you get offered!), I'm lucky because I do end up thinking 'how did you know?!' Hence Nanny McPhee! I don't know whether someone would have cast me in Sense and Sensibility,. I was never considered a beauty so I had to cast myself in my own roles. I will say that also last year, I played three wonderfully interesting roles back to back. But that was odd, and a stroke of good fortune that's rare. But yes, you're right. You kind of have to get on with it yourself.

SoleSource Wed 02-Oct-13 21:16:32

I really enjoyed your answers. I hope to see lots more of you in film. smile
Our best UK actress.

jonicomelately Wed 02-Oct-13 21:17:07

Thanks so much for taking the trouble to reply Emma We need to clone you!

KatieMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 02-Oct-13 21:17:46

We're just getting ready to say farewell to the lovely, lovely Emma Thompson.

Hope you've all enjoyed the webchat - if you want to find out a bit more about The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit (and feel very festive to boot), there's a great video here and you can meet Emma and put questions to Emma in person, this Sunday at the Cheltenham Festival.

EmmaThompson Wed 02-Oct-13 21:17:47

In closing, I'd like to say to all of you that women need to tell you stories about themselves. We need new myths. And my favourite cheese is tallejio but I can't eat any because I'm on a diet.

nobutreally Wed 02-Oct-13 21:17:58

Aha, of course, forgot you already had a black rabbit. Humm, Diggory Delvet then. World's best name.

I do hope you realise Emma, that MN is not ever this NICE to our webchat-ers...

midwifeandmum Wed 02-Oct-13 21:18:43

Snap Emma, diets are a curse xx

MrsCampbellBlack Wed 02-Oct-13 21:19:33

This has been wonderful.

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Wed 02-Oct-13 21:20:09

thanks Emma and thanks MNHQ that is my fave webchat ever

Wonderstuff Wed 02-Oct-13 21:20:23

What a great chat. I now have a huge crush smile

MikeLitoris Wed 02-Oct-13 21:20:26

I forgot all about this an you answered sort of my question! <swoon>

RadioSilence Wed 02-Oct-13 21:20:43

And you can have cheese when you come to mine for dinner Emma- it will definitely be a night off the diet.

jonicomelately Wed 02-Oct-13 21:21:17

Brilliant answer. Thank you.

MmeLindor Wed 02-Oct-13 21:25:59

Fantastic webchat, Emma. Thank you so much.

Oh, I missed you. Byeeee !

sittinginthesun Wed 02-Oct-13 21:31:17

Wonderful, just wonderful.

KaseyM Wed 02-Oct-13 21:32:48

What a fab webchat! Thanks Emma smile

TheNaughtySausage Wed 02-Oct-13 21:34:07

I missed this due to putting the delicious snuggly screaming teething baby to bed but thank you Emma for answering two of my questions!

LovesBeingOnHoliday Wed 02-Oct-13 21:38:01

OMG she answered my question, and not only that how inspirational we're her other answers. I think we need more from this amazing woman mn.

emma just invade you come back and read, you have gone up in my mind; I didn't thin it possible but turkey you are an inspiration. Oh and if you have never read tge thread about you scenes in LA please find it and read it, you actually nailed it.

My answer ;
EmmaThompson Wed 02-Oct-13 20:39:18
LovesBeingOnHoliday

Emma I love you. You are fab.

Anywho what advice would you give your younger self?
Don't ever go on a diet. Just don't. Walk away. From the diet. Ignore the books. Ignore the magazines. Make the diet the D word. Diets are the spawn of satan.

Thank you, that was lovely.

OverAndAbove Wed 02-Oct-13 21:56:19

Ah, brilliant! What a fantastic web chat. And a thoroughly good sport!

dinkystinky Wed 02-Oct-13 21:57:53

What a lovely web chat! Thanks for answering my question Emma.

bsc Wed 02-Oct-13 22:27:58

Aw... no-one asked her what her favourite biscuit was sad

MNHQ- I hope one of you did!

I'm guessing she had a typist, no?

>>Failure is one of the most important aspects of our artistic lives. If you can't survive failure you can't be an artist.

Thank you- we spend our lives trying to be successful, but it is our failures that make us who we are.

lionheart Wed 02-Oct-13 22:32:47

A lovely chat and thanks for answering.

Thank goodness you excel when you 'get on with it youself'!

gazzalw Thu 03-Oct-13 07:11:35

She just comes across as so lovely - has she been nominated on the universally loved celebrity thread? She should be!

Marisson546 Thu 03-Oct-13 13:20:36

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Itstartshere Thu 03-Oct-13 17:10:47

I love her! There is a rumour that at Cambridge she used to ride down the halls of her college on a motorbike. I can so imagine it being true.

NatashaBee Fri 04-Oct-13 17:37:47

What a surprise. I will resist giving them the hits they crave.

mignonette Fri 04-Oct-13 18:39:05

Is there an award for the laziest journalists in the World? The Daily Fail's must surely be in the running for it?

southeastdweller Fri 04-Oct-13 21:45:32

It's also made the Standard so not just the Fail. I wonder if any of the weekend columnists will pick up the webchat to use?

ClaudiaCMitts Fri 04-Oct-13 21:45:43

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LovesBeingOnHoliday Sat 05-Oct-13 07:05:44

' Mum’s Net' really? Tge number of times theyve written about us and tgey can't spell it right?

DameFellatioNelson Sat 05-Oct-13 08:16:25

I think they probably had to credit MN (as they cynically leeched off the webchat) but they probably don't want to lead people to the site (as they don't come out too well on here funnily enough grin) so they wanted to throw people off the scent a bit, or at least not feed it to them on a plate. I don't think it was an accidental error at all. We don't like to up their clicks so I'm sure they don't like to up ours.

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