Dame Emma Thompson opened up about the double standards (Picture: Getty Images)
Dame Emma Thompson has opened up about the double standards between actors and actresses’ love interests on-screen, especially in terms of age.
The Love Actually star explained that historically it’s been more acceptable for men to star alongside a younger love interest than it has been for women – but her new movie Good Luck To You, Leo Grande is about to turn that on its head.
‘It’s very interesting with this woman I’m about to play,’ the 61-year-old said, adding that the character is open about wanting to sleep with younger men.
‘Now I’ve never heard a woman say that on screen,’ she continued to the CultureBlast podcast. ‘With men, it’s completely acceptable.
‘It’s completely acceptable for George Clooney – who is delightful – to have someone who is 40 years younger than him or 30 years younger than him. If I have someone playing opposite me in a romantic way, they have to exhume someone, because I’m 61 now. Do you see what I mean? It’s completely and utterly unbalanced.’
Dame Emma’s upcoming film, directed by Sophie Hyde, will follow 55-year-old Nancy, a widow who hires sex worker Leo for a night of sexual bliss.
Dame Emma previously spoke about writing a sexual self-care guide for her daughter (Picture: Getty Images)
Filmmaker Sophie said of the upcoming feature: ‘I’m thrilled to be working with the tremendously funny and heartbreakingly honest Emma Thompson to explore intimacy and desire, and to put on screen a relationship that feels unexpected and delightful.
‘At a time when our need for each other is so vividly present, it will be a delight to create and show this connection between two people, which is funny, sexy and moving.’
Emma has always spoken about sex openly, smashing taboos by revealing she wrote a sexual self-care guide for her daughter Gaia.
Sophie Hyde is directing the upcoming movie (Picture: Getty Images)
Appearing on a Footnotes episode of the My Dad Wrote a Porno podcast in 2018, Gaia read an excerpt from the book, and it’s basically a master guide to consent.
She read: ‘Can I start by saying one thing – I think sex is a really shiz word. It’s all s’s and x’s and sounds like a snake, not in a good way, and is hard and sibilant on the ear, and used to make me feel slightly queasy even just hearing it.
‘For the purpose of these early writings, I’m going to choose another word. In fact, I’m going to make one up. Shavoom.’
Gaia, now 21, continued: ‘There are certain feelings to look out for, and in this patch of life, the really crucial feeling is the icky sense of unease we get when there is shavoomy stuff floating around that we are not comfortable with.
‘If anyone does anything, says anything, implies anything, shows anything, suggests anything that makes you feel ick, move away, get away, say no thank you, or even just no without the thank you, walk away because ick is an unbelievably useful emotion. Ick means no.’
Good Luck To You, Leo Grande will start production in 2021.
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