Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson, 58, has revealed one of the tricks she used to play the role of the hurt wife in the famous movie Love Actually (2003). Thompson played Karen, a woman who collapses when she discovers that her husband Harry, played by the late Alan Rickman, is cheating on her with his secretary, leaving one of the most dramatic moments of the famous movie. A scene for which the British woman used her own personal experience with marital breakups to make the character credible.
“That scene where Kate starts crying in bed is so good because that’s something everyone has ever been through. In particular, Kenneth Branagh broke my heart, “revealed the actress last Sunday at a charity event in London, recalling her divorce from the filmmaker in 1995.
“I knew very well what it feels like when you discover that the necklace your husband bought to give away at Christmas is not for you. Well, that’s not exactly what happened to me, but that’s what I mean when I say we’ve all been through this, ”explained the two-time Oscar winner.
The separation of Thompson and Branagh, after six years of marriage, was a scandal in which the actress Helena Bonham Carter was also involved, with whom the filmmaker had a case after meeting in the filming of Frankenstein which Branagh directed in 1994 starring Robert DeNiro.
In the midst of the complicated situation, Thompson focused on his filming of Sense and Sensibility, the big screen adaptation of Jane Austen’s book for which the actress received an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. There she met her current husband, the interpreter Greg Wise. In December 1999 their daughter Gaia was born. She was conceived after fertility treatment and in 2003, the same year as their wedding, the couple adopted Tindyebwa Agaba, a child soldier, from Rwanda.