After affair with Bonham Carter
Emma Thompson felt humiliated by ex-husband
11/14/2022, 10:07 am (updated)
The affair was several years ago, but Emma Thompson can still remember the feelings of that time very well: After her ex-husband cheated on her on the film set with colleague Helena Bonham Carter, she felt “humiliated”. But the experience has also taught her something.
Two-time Oscar winner Emma Thompson has revealed that her ex-husband Kenneth Branagh’s affair with Helena Bonham Carter hit her hard at the time. After the divorce, she felt “humiliated” and “unlovable,” she told the New Yorker. The actress married Branagh in 1989, two years after they met. His affair with Bonham Carter in 1995 ended their six-year marriage.
Branagh and Bonham Carter are said to have become closer when she starred in his version of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The relationship between the two lasted five years. Thompson said: “I was completely, completely oblivious to the fact that he was involved with other women on set. What I’ve learned is how easy it is to be blinded by your own desire to deceive yourself. ” She only felt “half alive”. “Any sense of being a lovable or worthy human being was completely gone,” added the 63-year-old.
Film reel helped Thompson process
Two years before Bonham met Carter Branagh, she had worked with Thompson on the 1992 romantic drama Howard’s End, for which Branagh’s ex-wife won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Since the affair, the two have also been involved in the Harry Potter series, with Thompson playing the teacher Professor Trelawney and Bonham Carter playing Bellatrix Lestrange. However, Thompson has previously revealed that she has long “forgiven” Bonham Carter and channeled her feelings into playing a betrayed wife in the hit film Love Actually.
Her current husband, Greg Wise, of 27 years, “picked up the pieces and put them back together,” Thompson said. Looking back on her marriage to Wise, she added, “I learned more in my second marriage just by being married. As my mother says, ‘The first 20 years are the hardest.'”
The Brit met her now husband while filming 1995’s Sense and Sensibility, where she won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. However, news of her and Branagh’s split had not yet been released when she made the historical drama.
(This article was first published on Saturday, November 12, 2022.)