If anything was clear from Emma Thompson’s presence on this past awards season circuit, it’s that she no longer gives a shit. Not about her work, or the numerous causes she speaks up about, but quite the opposite – about saying the right, politically correct thing, or not offending anyone. She’s been in the game long enough to know that, frankly, there are bigger things to worry about.
Which is why it’s a delight that she’s back so soon. Doing the rounds to promote her new release “The Love Punch”, she has been happy to speak her mind on all manner of subjects, as evidenced in particular by this delightful piece for Vanity Fair. It’s worth a read in full, but in case you’re pressed for time, we thought we’d boil it down to 6 exquisite highlights.
On her desire to do an action film:
“I think it’s about time a 55-year-old British woman is the heroine of an action movie. I may have to write it”.
On her X-rated stand-up comedy routines:
“I used to do a lot about sexually transmitted diseases. I don’t know about now but in the old days, when you got candida, you could sometimes treat it with natural yogurt. One of my gags was about sending my boyfriend out to get yogurt for the disease he had given me and him coming back with tropical-fruit-and-nut flavor, which just wasn’t what was needed”.
On what drew her to such material:
“I think I was a fairly militant feminist at the time and I wanted to do material about the sexually transmitted diseases and them being largely to do with blokes who hadn’t washed themselves properly”.
On whether being openly feminist has affected her career:
“I don’t know. I’ve never been someone who would have been asked to do the sort of juvenile romantic lead in American films, I don’t think. I don’t think that was on my dance card anyway”.
On how women with strong opinions are received more generally:
“I am sure I have the reputation as someone who will give an opinion, and I don’t think that is popular at any time with any woman. I think the new misogyny at the moment is that people with strengths or strong opinions are often not very popular”.
On what may end up happening to us Twitter addicts:
“In about 25 years time, maybe, a sudden generation will just drop dead. Everyone will just die on the same day. And I’ll say, “Oh, what do these people have in common? Hang on.” They were connected every day 24/7, you know! And no one knew what it was going to do to them. No one knew!”
Read her full thoughts on the perils of the internet and more here.