Emma Thompson tells of her battle with 'voices in my head'
Actress reveals on Desert Island Discs how split from Kenneth Branagh affected her state of mind
The actress Emma Thompson today talks candidly about her battle with depression during the split from her first husband, Kenneth Branagh, and reveals her continued efforts to escape the critical "voices in her head".
Speaking on the BBC Radio 4 show Desert Island Discs, she tells host Kirsty Young that only work and the start of a long romance with the actor Greg Wise, her husband of seven years, enabled her to get through a "very rough" period. "I don't think I did stay sane," she says. "I should have sought professional help. Divorce. Ghastly, painful business."
Living alone as her marriage fell apart and dressed in an old black dressing gown that Branagh had left behind, Thompson struggled to produce her first screenplay, an Oscar-winning adaptation of a Jane Austen novel. "I used to crawl from the bedroom to the computer and then I was all right. Sense and Sensibility saved me from going under in a very nasty way."
She met Wise on the set of the 1995 Ang Lee film, in which she also played Elinor Dashwood. "Work saved me and Greg saved me. He picked up the pieces and put them together again."
Kate Winslet, who was cast in the film as Elinor's romantic younger sister, Marianne, originally dated Wise before he was drawn to Thompson, whose marriage by then "was all in flames and had been for a while".
Discussing Wise's good looks with Young, Thompson admits: "He is really beautiful. I can't deny it." She goes on to say that "it is a great aesthetic pleasure" to look at her husband each day.
Thompson, born in 1959, is the daughter of the actress Phyllida Law and the late Eric Thompson, writer and narrator of the Magic Roundabout. "Losing him when he was 52 tore us to pieces," she tells Young. A recording of her father singing the song "Florence, it's a lovely morning", from the Magic Roundabout feature film Dougal and the Blue Cat is one of the eight discs she selects for her desert island stay. Thompson says that she and her sister, the actress Sophie Thompson, both loved making their father laugh and she now feels equally thrilled if she can make her old Cambridge friends Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie laugh.
Choosing Homer's Odyssey as her book for the island, Thompson, who remains the only person ever to win Oscars for both screenwriting and acting, said she would use the ancient text to tell herself stories and escape "the voices in my head" that say she "must do better and must try harder".
Thompson also talks about her difficulties conceiving children. Wise and Thompson have a daughter, Gaia, aged 10, and an adopted son, Tindyebawa Agaba, 22, from Rwanda.
source: The Guardian
god, I love this woman so much. please adopt me? and to jog your memory, here's a picture of her gorgeous family at her son's graduation:
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