E M M A S A I D
This is a scandal? Monica Lewinsky? If there was a scandal, couldn't he have been with a nun or something really venal like that? It's all so bizarre to me. I long for the J. Edgar Hoover days. Let's find a man dressing in women's clothes. Something really weird.
-Emma about Bill Clintons relationship with Monica Lewinsky-
As far as I can see, from Sharon Stone's love scene in "Basic Instinct", they molded her body out of tough Plasticine. She was shagging Michael Douglas like a donkey, and not an inch moved. If that had been me, there would have been things flying around hitting me in the eye.
- About Sharon Stone's appearance in Basic Instint, a role which Emma turned down-
Luckily I'm not known as a beauty, even if I do photograph all sort of glammy. If you asked people 'Do you think she's beautiful, do you think she's sexy' I think 99.9 percent would say 'Not particular, but she's a good actress and she's intelligent'
-Emma on her looks-
Acting is the ultimate luxury. This is one of the luckiest things you could probably doing.'Hard' is going down a bloody coalmine or living in Somalia or in a war zone. That's hard!
-Emma about acting-
I've thought long and hard about each speech and I've tried to make them short and yet say something and also express genuine gratitude.
-Emma about accaptance speeches-
I do love England. I love the people. Even if they're not friendly, at least they're funny.
-Emma about England-
There are still some woman magazines that run fantastic articles, but if you see one more article about fucking diets, you think, I'm just going to throw me of a fucking bridge, because is this all we think about?
-Emma about women mags-
I don't go round "Sainsbury's" because it lights this terrible consumer fire in me. I've gone in for a pint of milk and a packer of spaghetti and I've come out with half the shop.
-Emma about shopping-
Marriages stop. Marriages change. People are always saying a marriage 'failed". It's such a negative way of putting it.
-Emma about marriage-
Margaret's kinder and mmore patient than me, but its one of those parts that make you think I understand this person, I won't have to shift very far to inhabit her.
-Emma about her Howards End character Margaret Schlegel-
I was brought up by very witty people who wer dealing with quite difficult things - disease and death. We don't quite know how to behave anymore. I was raised to always stand up when someone entered a room. I would never start an interview without shaking hands and looking the person in the eye. A lot of social rules are disapearing and I sometimes yearn for structure.
-Emma about her childhood-
Its unfortunate and I really wish I wouldn't have to say this, but I really like human beings who have suffered. They're kinder.
-Emma on, er, who she likes-
I'll write roles for women - good female roles. Later on I'll have lived a bit more I might have something to offer up.
-Emma about being a screenwriter-
I don't know wheter I would have liked myself as a child. I always feel I was deeply puchable, overweight with a pait. I went to the state primary down the road and suffered at school. I was fortunate in having a posh accent, I was simply disliked. Then I changed my voice, learned how to swear, and it was alright.
-Emma about herself as a child-
I love all kinds of things. Working, reading, cooking a meal. I like watching 'Star Wars'. I'm a perfectly normal human being.
-Emma about what she likes to do-
I think of myself as sexual in a human way, but not as a kind of bombshell. I think the sexuality I represent is less do do with fantasy. I tend to represend ordinary women.
-Emma about the kind of woman she is-
I place a high moral value on the way
people behave. I find it repellent
to have a lot, and to behave with
anything other than courtesy in the old
sense of the word -- politeness of the
heart, a gentleness of the spirit.
Art is a moral passion married to
entertainment. Moral passion
without entertainment is propaganda,
and entertainment without
moral passion is television.
Laughter is a celebration of all our
failings, that recognition that we are
human. That's what clowns are for.
That's why they are important.
And that's definitivly what I am
Acting is the ultimate luxury. This is
one of the luckiest things you could
probably doing. 'Hard' is going down
a bloody coalmine or living in Somalia
or in a war zone. That's hard!
Marriages stop. Marriages change.
People are always saying a marriage 'failed".
It's such a negative way of putting it.
Its unfortunate and I really wish I wouldn't
have to say this, but I really like human
beings who have suffered. They're kinder.
I think of myself as sexual in a human way,
but not as a kind of bombshell. I think the
sexuality I represent is less do do with fantasy.
I tend to represent ordinary women.