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Emma Thompson Weighs In On Balancing Work With Motherhood: “You Don’t Need It All At Once”

“You can’t be a great mum and keep working all the time. … I wanted to spend more time with my family. A year off was my birthday present to myself. I didn’t actually act or write. I was just a mum. I taught drama at my daughter’s school, cooked meals and had fun. I highly recommend others to do the same if they can afford it. … Sometimes in life you’ll have some things, at other times you will have other things. You don’t need it all at once, it’s not good for you. Motherhood is a full-time job. The only way I could have continued working would have been by delegating the running of the home to other people. I never wanted to do this as I find motherhood profoundly enjoyable.”

Because a celebrity hasn’t weighed in on working moms in, oh, a couple of days, here is Emma Thompson in the UK’s Daily Mail on her decision to take a year off from acting to stay at home with her 14-year-old daughter, Gaia, who is pictured. (Thompson also has a 26-year-old adopted son, Tindyebwa.) Recently, millionaire-with-nannies Gwyneth Paltrow complained that working as an actress is harder for her than for moms on a 9-to-5 schedule. Angelina Jolie responded that she has “much more support than most people” and “women in my position … shouldn’t complain.”  Sort of in the middle of both points of view, Thompson explained to the Daily Mail how she just didn’t feel like she could juggle parenthood and work without a lot of help, which made her feel like she was missing out. The only way not to miss out was to put work on hold for a year. Keep reading »

Emma Thompson Has A Really Funny Joke About Yeast Infections

“There was one standup routine I used to do about thrush or candida [yeast infections]. 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. That used to get quite a big laugh. … 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. The question of male hygiene was high on my list. I used to do a whole bit about how to wash your penis actually.”

Emma Thompson used to be a standup comedian before she became an actress? Who knew? I wish Vanity Fair had asked her to tell the joke about how to wash a penis. Some men still need help with that. (Although I really must correct Emma here: yeast infections can be passed from men to women, but the spread of STDs has nothing to do with washing properly!) [Vanity Fair] [Image via Getty and Shutterstock]

Emma Thompson: “I’ve Always Been A Card-Carrying Feminist”

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 ”It seems young actresses are under pressure to look a particular way. They look the same, that’s the thing. And they’re all being photoshopped in adverts for all sorts of (products), so maybe that’s difficult as well — because you’ve got pictures of yourself looking perfect. They have to be this specific model size, and if they get on to the red carpet, they’re all having to walk like models and dress like models. I think the pressure is terrible. If you’re invited to re-invent yourself, in the language in which that conversation is couched, it’s difficult to resist: ‘You’ve got to be thinner.’ ‘You’ve got to be prettier. Because we need to sell you, and we won’t be able to sell you if you don’t look like this.’ It’s not about acting. They don’t care if you can act or not. I can only imagine what the pressures must be like. [If someone had tried to police my body in my 20s] I’d have told them where to shove it. I’ve always been a card-carrying feminist. But in those days, I was fierce, fierce, very angry. So I wouldn’t have put up with a single bloody minute of that.”

Damn straight Emma Thompson is a feminist! But wait — Emma, where do we get these official feminist cards? I need one for my wallet to whip out at appropriate moments. Please advise. [Telegraph UK] [Image via WENN]

Quotable: Emma Thompson Says Audrey Hepburn “Can’t Act”

“I find Audrey Hepburn fantastically twee. Twee is whimsy without wit. It’s mimsy-mumsy sweetness without any kind of bite. And that’s not for me. She can’t sing and she can’t really act, I’m afraid. I’m sure she was a delightful woman — and perhaps if I had known her I would have enjoyed her acting more, but I don’t and I didn’t, so that’s all there is to it, really.”

Emma Thompson on Audrey Hepburn, the original star of “My Fair Lady.” Thompson is writing the screenplay for a remake of the 1964 film, starring Carey Mulligan. Obviously, we need to start using the word “mimsy-mumsy” in conversation more often. [Telegraph UK] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Is Emma Thompson Finally Off Team Polanski?

  • Emma Thompson initially signed a petition calling for Roman Polanski’s freedom, but has she had a change of heart? A reader at the blog Shakesville may have convinced her to remove her name from his list of supporters. [Shakesville]
  • An Illinois judge has blocked the enforcement of the state’s controversial parental notification law, which mandates that a physician inform a parent or guardian if a minor age 17 or younger seeks an abortion. The law was blocked through a temporary restraining order by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. [Chicago Breaking News]

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