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Reality Check: Emma Thompson vs. Miramax

Weight/body issues and Hollywood unfortunately seem to go hand in hand. I heard that two time Oscar winning actor Emma Thompson threw some of her star weight around (pun intended) with producers at Miramax, where she is working on an upcoming version of Brideshead Revisited. It seems that Miramax was demanding her costar, Hayley Atwell, drop a few pounds. It happens all the time; a studio asks an already fit actress to slim down for a role, but Emma provided a little reality check to the situation and took matters into her own hands.

Hayley explained the situation to the First Post like this:

I went round to Emma's one night and she was getting very angry that I wasn't eating all the food she was giving me. I told her why and she hit the roof.

The next day, Emma called the producers and threatened to quit her role if they forced Haley to lose weight. The studio quickly relented. Look for the two actresses in the upcoming film version of Brideshead Revisited. As an Anglophile, I can't wait.

I echo my pal Leslie at the Weighting Game when I ask, "Emma Thompson, will you adopt me?"

To see a photo of the perfectly lovely Hayley on the red carpet in Venice then


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freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
Emma Thompson is my hero for doing that!
ALSW ALSW 9 years
Gotta love Emma!
Witchy-Ways Witchy-Ways 9 years
Not only is it awesome that Emma managed to "save" her co-star from eventually ending down at the anorexic road, she also cooked for her? Real food? Awesome!!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
That's so awesome to hear! I definitely think it's ridiculous how much pressure some of these celebs have on them to lose weight when they are obviously very NORMAL looking people. Hayley looks fantastic. If she did lose weight, she'd look like one of those wannabe "it girls" that has a stick figure body and a bobble-head.
melda melda 9 years
i love emma she is so nice
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
That was nice of Emma to stand up for Hayley.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
I've always been a fan of Emma's however this makes me love her even more!
ad2121 ad2121 9 years
Can I be Emma Thompson?
amkc amkc 9 years
I have always adored Emma Thompson, and I don't reckon I'll ever stop adoring her. Good for her, being a strong woman and letting Miramax knows she has power!
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
Emma Thompson has ALWAYS rocked! Thank goodness she stood up and put her foot in someone's rear over this - Hayley is not large and unless she's playing someone who's anorexic why would she need to be a 'LolliPop Girl'.
amers230 amers230 9 years
love emma thompson!!! and where exactly was hayley supposed to lose weight from?
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
yay Emma! Hayley looks gorgeous!!
pinkflats pinkflats 9 years
bb_atthebeach i agree with you. i don't think i ever disliked emma thompson. and i loved how miramax backed down. yeah that's right don't mess with emma. just makes me want to hug her. *sigh*
bb_atthebeach bb_atthebeach 9 years
I don't remember the day when I didn't love Emma Thomson. And that won't make me stop loving her...!!!
rpenner rpenner 9 years
Good for Emma Thompson! That's awesome. That Haley girl definitely does not need to drop a few pounds. How ridiculous of Miramax.
Beauty Beauty 9 years
I love Emma Thompson, always have. This just makes me love her MORE. Also, I am so tired of skinniness being valued over everything else — especially when Hayley looks to be all of a size four. Grrrrr.... Bella is angry!
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
That's awesome! This girl needs to lose weight from where?
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Good for her! I am glad she stood up for her beliefs.
KimBurnett KimBurnett 9 years
The real issue is why so many want to see a skinny woman insead of a healthy grown woman.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 9 years
miramax is stupid. hayley looks gorgeous. yay for emma.
HipMom HipMom 9 years
Very Well Done Emma Thompson! Some women are just not built to be skinny, and hayley looks fine as she is!
kia kia 9 years
Emma Thompson is a goddess. Woohoo, this is reason enough to see this movie for me.
lesley1216 lesley1216 9 years
That's nice of Emma to stand up for her co-stars.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
I think she did something similar like that with Kate Winslet when they were filming "Sense and Sensibility" together. I think it's very heroic and wonderful that an actress of her caliber and stature has the moxie to do that.
chibarosa chibarosa 9 years
Another reason to adore Emma Thompson. I love her.
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