Emma Thompson In 'Love Actually' Was Inspired By Her Cheating Husband Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh and Helena Bonham-Carter's affair was responsible for the dissolution of actress Emma Thompson’s marriage in 1995. The couple fell in love on the set of BBC’s "Fortunes of War."
Helena Bonham-Carter and Branagh met on set in 1994. She played Branagh's love interest in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. By 1995, Thompson walked out of her marriage of six years.
Motivation for her outstanding performance
It took 17 years for Thompson to finally speak about her divorce. Just after the separation, Thompson suffered a major bout of depression.
Cue the tears! Emma Thompson says the #LoveActually scene where she finds out her husband is cheating reminded her of her real-life... when her husband left her for Helena Bonham Carter. https://t.co/aq4rwhDhre pic.twitter.com/L9BT7ikGRh
— Access (@accessonline) February 28, 2018
But Thompson was not one to be bogged down by her personal problems. Instead, she channeled the anger and pain she felt towards Branagh into her work. Thompson’s portrayal of her character in Richard Curtis’s romantic comedy Love Actually was inspired by her life story.
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.
After the divorce, Branagh dated Helena for three years. Thompson said she was devastated due to the affair. She even worked with Helena in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II."
I had no idea Kenneth Branagh cheated on Emma Thompson with Helena Bonham Carter pic.twitter.com/xmlGMwonNG
— Michael (@appehmichael) February 28, 2018
And Thompson maintains that there is no animosity between her and Helena.
You can’t hold on to anything like that. It’s pointless. I haven’t got the energy for it. Helena and I made our peace years and years ago. She’s a wonderful woman.
Most of Thompson's fans are still pretty upset with the Kenneth Branagh and Helena Bonham-Carter's affair. And some have a slightly different take on the issue.
Okay but can we talk about how Emma Thompson then married Willoughby ??
— Erica Mojzes (@erica_mojo) February 28, 2018
So Kenneth Branagh cheated on Emma Thompson with Helena Bonham Carter and Emma Thompson used that to portray ‘that scene’ in Love Actually where she finds out Alan Rickman cheated on her with the girl from the office. Then the rooms spins and you faint pic.twitter.com/EBInrTuTgW
— Franco (@Franc00s) February 28, 2018
Every time I remember that Helena Bonham Carter and Kenneth Branagh had an affair behind Emma Thompson's back, I'm no less devastated than the first time I found out.
— Becca Mavin (@thats_so_mavin) February 28, 2018
In the end, it is good to know that all the parties have found their peace and have moved on with their lives.