Thespian drama! How British is this sh*t? Today news has broken that Emma Thompson has forgiven Helena Bonham-Carter for having an affair with Kenneth Branagh. The story goes that back in the ‘90s these three were involved in the most English love triangle since crumpets, marmalade and tea, with Helena and Kenneth boning on the set of Frankenstein, effectively destroying his 6 year marriage to Emma.
But now? Emma Thompson could give a f*ck. She says “it’s all blood under the bridge” adding “I haven’t got the energy for it. Helena and I made our peace years and years ago.” So, ya, normally I’d be inclined to call bullsh*t on this statement, but it’s actually pretty believable coming from Emma Thompson. Remember her at TIFF this year? She just seems too fun to bother projecting a false sense of forgiveness, right?
Besides this being a story about three people who are all sexy and British as f*ck, it also has some pretty special movie tie-ins. First of all, Emma vs. Helena is a pre-Potter showdown between Professor Trelawny and Bellatrix Lastrange. I guess maybe most people in the UK knew about this affair while Harry Potter was being made? We hadn’t started importing UK gossip in North America in the ‘90s the way we do now, so I had no idea.
The other movie connection is Emma’s classic holiday portrayal of a wife with a philandering husband in Love Actually. She credits this affair with inspiring her performance, saying ‘I’ve had so much bloody practice at crying in a bedroom, then having to go out and be cheerful, gathering up the pieces of my heart and putting them in a drawer.”
There are so many important lessons to take away from this story. Not only are Harry Potter and Love Actually basically real, but so is forgiveness. Equally important, the opportunity to look at Emma’s bananas sherbet coloured ikat gown from wedding to Kenneth. This lady knows how to have a good time.