Emma Thompson reveals what she thinks of her heartbreaking scene in Love Actually 20 years on – and which ‘terrifying’ role left her ‘legs shaking’

Emma Thompson has revealed that she still has deep feelings about her role in the classic romantic comedy Love Actually

The 2003 film, which is set to celebrate its 20th anniversary, Thompson played a wife who sobs uncontrollably after she discovers that her husband has bought jewellery for another woman and realises he is cheating on her.

The 63-year-old says she still recalls the way she felt when she filmed the scene alongside the late Alan Rickman

Emma Thompson (pictured) has revealed that she still has deep feelings about her role in the classic romantic comedy Love Actually

Emma Thompson (pictured) has revealed that she still has deep feelings about her role in the classic romantic comedy Love Actually

‘Yes, you remember the feelings you had at the time,’ she tells this week’s Stellar Magazine.  

Thompson previously revealed that she was so convincing in the film as a result of personal experience – having her heart ‘very badly broken’ by her first husband Kenneth Branagh.

Once the golden couple of British cinema, dubbed Ken and Em, they split after eight years together when he began an affair with Helena Bonham Carter.

The 2003 film, which is set to celebrate its 20th anniversary, Thompson played a wife who sobs uncontrollably after she discovers that her husband has bought jewellery for another woman and realises he is cheating on her. Pictured in Love Actually

The 2003 film, which is set to celebrate its 20th anniversary, Thompson played a wife who sobs uncontrollably after she discovers that her husband has bought jewellery for another woman and realises he is cheating on her. Pictured in Love Actually 

‘That scene where my character is standing by the bed crying is so well known because it’s something everyone’s been through’, she said.

‘I had my heart very badly broken by Ken. So I knew what it was like to find the necklace that wasn’t meant for me.

‘Well it wasn’t exactly that, but we’ve all been through it.’    

Love Actually was written and directed by Curtis and premiered in November 2003 to mixed reviews from critics.

The 63-year-old says she still recalls the way she felt when she filmed the scene alongside the late Alan Rickman (right)

The 63-year-old says she still recalls the way she felt when she filmed the scene alongside the late Alan Rickman (right) 

But it was well received by audiences and has since become a modern-day Christmas classic.

Elsewhere in the Stellar interview, Thompson reveals her most ‘terrifying’ role is her most recent, in the upcoming film adaption of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical. 

The Cruella star had to stand on a high platform to shoot CGI scenes and she was left very flustered. 

Elsewhere in the Stellar interview, Thompson reveals her most 'terrifying' role is her most recent, in the upcoming film adaption of Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical

Elsewhere in the Stellar interview, Thompson reveals her most ‘terrifying’ role is her most recent, in the upcoming film adaption of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical

‘I’ll remember being 80 feet [24 metres] up on that structure and looking down, and all the kids were down there,’ she recalls.

‘They were going, ‘You’ll be all right’. My legs were shaking and we were all singing live. For me, it was such an exciting thing to do, but also terrifying.

‘So that’s what’s going to stay with me from Matilda The Musical’ the Late Night actress said. 

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical will be streaming on Netflix from December 25. 

Read more in this week's issue of Stellar Magazine

Read more in this week’s issue of Stellar Magazine 

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