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By Anonym 13 Sep

Emma Thompson

[Fighting Climate Change] is important for every single person on the planet, which is why it has to be the greatest grassroots movement of all time. This is the battle of our lives. We're fighting for our children.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Emma Thompson

Marianne Dashwood looks at gray skies and sees blue. That's all very well, and it's not something you ever want entirely to lose. But you must lose a little of it; otherwise you're going to get wet.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Emma Thompson

The films I've made for children have been my hardest work, my best, because kids deserve the best.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Emma Thompson

Tell him I mind having to look pretty, that's what I mind, because it is so much more of an effort.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Emma Thompson

We have to reinvest, I think, in the idea of articulacy as a form of personal human freedom and power.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Emma Thompson

I think our hearts are very chemical and we change the way we see people according to how we feel about them. That's what love is, in a way.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Emma Thompson

It's such a cold night and it's the only time I've actively been grateful for menopause. I've been entirely comfortable.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Emma Thompson

The fire alarm went off. Fire engines came racing; we all rushed out on the gravel drive, everyone thinking it was us. In fact, one of the elderly residents of Saltram had left a pan on the oven in her flat. Apparently this happens all the time. The tenant in question is appearing as an extra -- playing one of the cooks.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Emma Thompson

We've hired the calmest babies in the world to play the hysterical Thomas. One did finally start to cry but stopped every time Chris [Newman (assistant director)] yelled 'Action'. ... Babies smiled all afternoon. Buddhist babies. They didn't cry once. We, however, were all in tears by 5 p.m.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Emma Thompson

The fact is that young people are going to have sex whether you like it or not.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Emma Thompson

If you've got to my age, you've probably had your heart broken many times. So it's not that difficult to unpack a bit of grief from some little corner of your heart and cry over it.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Emma Thompson

Quick dinner with ... Ang [Lee] and his wife Jane who's visiting with the children for a while. We talked about her work as a microbiologist and the behaviour of the epithingalingie under the influence of cholesterol. She's fascinated by cholesterol. Says it's very beautiful: bright yellow. She says Ang is wholly uninterested. He has no idea what she does. I check this out for myself. 'What does Jane do?' I ask. 'Science,' he says vaguely.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Emma Thompson

There is that thing about not working with animals and children - I don't think that's true. Although you should never work with donkeys.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Emma Thompson

But when I lose my temper, I find it difficult to forgive myself. I feel I've failed. I can be calm in a crisis, in the face of death or things that hurt badly. I don't get hysterical, which may be masochistic of me.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Emma Thompson

I think it's [the AIDS fight] the most important and most pressing one - I think it's a global emergency and I think in a way we all have to address it and engage with it because I think it's the biggest threat to the human race that we have ever faced.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Emma Thompson

Just write. It doesn't matter what you write. Just sit at your desk and write.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Emma Thompson

I've a problem with the word charity because I think that NGOs, as I prefer calling them, really do take the work of moral and social responsibilities that ought to be taken on by governments.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Emma Thompson

I think books are like people, in the sense that they'll turn up in your life when you most need them. I firmly believe there are books whose greatness actually enables you to live, to do something. And sometimes, human beings need story and narrative more than they need nourishment and food.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Emma Thompson

Sometimes I get to put on posh frocks and be Madam Glamour, the vendor of my wares. My lovely friend Kath, a stylist, puts me into things I'd never dream of. But my real life is very different. It's very, very home-based - an intense domestic life, that's the core of everything.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Emma Thompson

Hugh Laurie (playing Mr. Palmer) felt the line 'Don't palm all your abuses [of language upon me]' was possibly too rude. 'It's in the book,' I said. He didn't hit me.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Emma Thompson

I think books are like people, in the sense that they'll turn up in your life when you most need them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Emma Thompson

If you're actually allowing your creative part to control your writing rather than a more commercial instinct or motive, then you'll find that all sorts of interesting things will bubble up to the surface.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Emma Thompson

I was in Los Angeles making 'Dead Again' and the producer, Lindsay Doran , asked me if I'd be interested in adapting this book, .. Austen is my favorite author and I thought, 'Well, of course, I'd be very interested, but I don't know how. I don't know where to start, A, writing a screenplay and B, sort of adapting it from a great novel.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Emma Thompson

It doesn't matter how good the movie is. What matters is what it takes during the opening weekend. It's slightly distressing sometimes but that's how it works.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Emma Thompson

You can't be a great mum and work the whole time necessarily; those two things aren't ideal. We have an awful lot to work on and to debate about in relation to our working lives, because it isn't working for a lot of people, particularly for a lot of women.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Emma Thompson

I ask Laurie it it's possible to get trained fish. Lindsay says this is how we know I've never produced a movie.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Emma Thompson

Well, I met Sandy Bullock at an awards thing a couple years ago, and she said to me, “If I were gay, you’d be the one.” I said, “I’m there!”

By Anonym 13 Sep

Emma Thompson

~I'm strict about manners. I think that kids have a horrible time with other people if they have bad manners.... The one thing you've got to be prepared to do as a parent is not to be liked from time to time.~

By Anonym 14 Sep

Emma Thompson

I think my first bout of that was when I was doing me and My Girl, funnily enough. I really didn't change my clothes or answer the phone, but went into the theatre every night and was cheerful and sang the Lambeth Walk. She said: “The only thing I could do was write. I used to crawl from the bedroom to the computer and just sit and write, and then I was alright, because I was not present. “Sense and Sensibility really saved me from going under, I think, in a very nasty way.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Emma Thompson

I present the nominees, well, not me the Voice of God, for Best Screenplay.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Emma Thompson

I want a different world. One where I don't wake up thinking I'm so lucky to be able to feed my daughter, and able to give people a clean drink of water. I don't want images of starving babies at the breast in my mind. I want that to change. And if I want that, I had better do something about it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Emma Thompson

During an election, it's like they're doing my job: they're going around banging the drum for their party and selling their movie. You know, it's the same thing.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Emma Thompson

We need men and women to sit down and talk to each other about sex honestly and openly. That would help us fight Aids so immediately. But our lack of communication is hugely problematic.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Emma Thompson

Once you're a mom, you've been split into two people. It's like Peter Pan and his shadow.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Emma Thompson

London has always been a haven for victims of cruelty, and been improved by them. Yet I can see it changing now. Outsiders are demonised, there are little bits of legislation, people are scared.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Emma Thompson

The flashbacks are parallel for me. You experience two storylines at the same time, and I'm not switching from one time to another.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Emma Thompson

But certainly in Uganda, Mozambique and South Africa, people don't really talk about sex and certainly religious leaders - some of them - up to now have been very unwilling to accept, for instance, the promotion of condom use

By Anonym 13 Sep

Emma Thompson

If you can't fail then how can you possible develop as a communicator or as a creator of anything? We are locked into a deeply unhealthy notion that somehow you've got to succeed all the time. An appalling notion. Any painter or writer will tell you that that is no way to proceed. One of the things that will kill off a decent actor, especially a young actor early on and they will never recover from it, is too much success. It's disastrous. You stop being criticized, therefore you stop challenging yourself. You then can't afford to fail because there's too far to fall.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Emma Thompson

We all need somewhere where we feel safe

By Anonym 15 Sep

Emma Thompson

We must remember that all these things, the nuances, the anomalies, the subtleties, which we assume only accessorize our days are in fact here for a much larger and nobler cause.  They are here to save our lives.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Emma Thompson

Constantly worrying about your reflection and criticizing your body, shape and size is an act of violence against yourself.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Emma Thompson

Shooting Willoughby carrying Marianne up the path. They did it four times. 'Faster,' said Ang [Lee]. They do it twice more. 'Don't pant so much,' said Ang. Greg [Wise (playing Willoughby)], to his great credit, didn't scream.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Emma Thompson

I have a nervous breakdown in the film and in one scene I get to stand at the top of the stairs waving an empty sherry bottle which is, of course, a typical scene from my daily life, so isn't much of a stretch.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Emma Thompson

The trick is to age honestly and gracefully and make it look great, so that everyone looks forward to it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Emma Thompson

It's not funny at all that we do all that advertising for children. Why is advertising for children allowed? What possible reason can there be for having those effing adverts on TV for all this crap that's made by poor people in poor countries that we sell our children who have too much?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Emma Thompson

Girlfriends are vital ... Maggie [Gyllenhaal] and I will always see each other when Maggie's in London or I'm here. We'll always make time to sit and catch up properly.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Emma Thompson

It is remarkable how many misconceptions there are here about life in the developing world and I think that that knowledge gap has done a lot to contribute to the imbalance quite frankly.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Emma Thompson

I firmly believe there are books whose greatness actually enable you to live.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Emma Thompson

Difficult for actors to extemporise in nineteenth-century English. Except for Robert Hardy and Elizabeth Spriggs, who speak that way anyway.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Emma Thompson

(On period costume posture coaching:) "We all stand about like parboiled spaghetti being straightened out.