Emma Thompson Double Shot

Posted on October 21, 2013

Oh, Miss Emma. We couldn’t possibly love you more. Not just because you’re warm, funny, talented and very smart, but because we couldn’t possibly count the rainy afternoons or bored weekend nights that we found ourselves sitting through another viewing of Howard’s End, or The Remains of the Day, or Sense and Sensibility; secure and comforted by your perfectly English combination of common sense, a stiff upper lip, and emotional repression. Nobody does it like you, dear.

So please know that we say the following with love.


Emma Thompson attends “Saving Mr. Banks” photocall during the 2013 BFI London Film Festival.

Emma Thompson attends the premiere of “Saving Mr. Banks” during the 2013 BFI London Film Festival in Maria Grachvogel.











[Photo Credit: Landmark, Pixplanete/PRPhotos.com]

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  • Judy_S

    I like the blouses….

    • nowlo

      Me too. They’re romantic and pretty. I even don’t mind the weird skirt in the second set of photos. She just needed to wear a more structured top and better shoes with it.

      • fursa_saida

        Yeah, I actually sort of like the whole second outfit as witchy fun. But then, I like all things witchy. (Already I have made up a story in my head about the fun happy witch who is always too happy-go-lucky for proper witchitude and the rest of the witches are always trying to get her to conform to appropriate menace and gloom but there she is, every time, grinning and giving the thumbs up in her “misty branches” blouse and “broomstick billow” skirt [“perfect for dramatic silhouettes against the moon!” says the catalog], and all the other witches sigh and tut but not-so-secretly love her and come to her with their relationship problems.)

        The first outfit, though, is making her look like Ronald McDonald’s fun aunt, which is a story I refuse to elaborate on because NO.

        • AnneElliot

          Love your witchy story. And Emma Thompson is on my adore list, so I have to forgive her the clown pants. The less said about those the better.

          I’m not loving that particular shade of blonde but her hair is super-cute. That’s how my hair looks in my fantasy world.

  • RussellH88

    She’s entered crazy British aunt territory.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      The pants look like either prison issue or rejects from clown college; the skirt, something that was savaged by cats at a jumble sale.

  • Theresa

    Is it me or are both shirts the same, just different fabric? Also, not sure I like to blonde, though her hair looks uber healthy and cute. Dang, now I have to go home and watch anything with her in it.

    • Vickiefantastico

      Good catch on the shirts! You’re right. I confess that I totally do that – find a good shirt and buy it in several different colors.

      • Theresa

        I have the same thing, currently wearing a sweater I have in three colors. It was just odd to see a celebrity do it in back-to-back shots. I rather like the one with the trees.

  • Myra Amler

    Oh that is some mullet skirt.

  • deathandthestrawberry

    I love her hair cut, but that blonde is a shade too harsh. She looks happy though. Awful clothing choices aside, I think she looks pretty great.

    • lesmaha

      I totally agree–and said the same thing before I read your post.

  • Adriana_Paula

    I think the hair is too old ladyish. La ropa no es buena, neither. And I adore Emma, from S&S to The Winter Guest.

    • BrooklynBomber

      Si, es muy not good.

    • cooperalden

      Betty Garret wants her hair back… But, she sure looks happy!

  • AzSportsGirl

    I can watch the Love Actually scene with her holding it together after she discovers her husband has been douchey with his secretary over and over again. “Both Sides Now” by Joni Mitchell is the perfect accompaniement but her every move and expression are exquisitely painful

    • charlotte

      The scene where she smooths out the bedsheet after crying is one of the best movie scenes ever in my opinion. Quiet and powerful.

      • AzSportsGirl

        Yes. Puts an absolute punctuation on that scene. And watching her shake her hands as if she can shake off the heartbreak. Stunning.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          She played that scene absolutely perfectly-it’s so heartbreaking.

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            Oh, god, she was amazing in that scene. So heartbreaking.

    • MilaXX

      I watch that movie every day of the week.

      • Rand Ortega

        Can’t. Break down crying at the end with the little boy & his little love. Makes me feel things. Hate that.

    • ‘Becca’lise Deveaux

      “You’ve also made a fool out of me…you’ve made the life I lead foolish too…” Crying forever.

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        Stooooopppp, I”m at work!! (*Sniffle!)

    • willworktomorrow

      Just watched that movie again yesterday and cried with her. I agree with everything you say, including the Joni Mitchell. And when she confronts him after the play, she is perfect as well.

    • Heather

      I agree. I can’t stand that movie, but I love that scene, and Emma and Allan Rickman together are extraordinary.

    • cocohall

      I saw the director of Love, Actually interviewed, and he said that scene/song was the core of the movie and inspired the rest of the film. Which I found fascinating, as it is the scene that always springs to mind when I think of the movie (well that and the one with Rowan Atkinson packaging the necklace with extreme care and panache while Alan Rickman slowly dies a thousand deaths). She is a revelation in that scene.

      • AzSportsGirl

        Oh that makes so very much sense.. I’ve looked at love from both sides.. isn’t that what each of the loves represented is about?

  • clevRcat

    I know. I adore her but… seriously. And the thing is, she is so lovely and should dress in a way that shows off her loveliness, rather than obscuring it with clown pants and puddling mullet skirts.

    • Introspective

      this. all this. cause she’s way better that all that shit she has on above.

    • For reals. I mean, I totally respect when talented lady celebs dress in a way that says “My accomplishments are up here,” but between super-tight, super-revealing clothes and … this, there is some middle ground, I think.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      Exactly! She’s not a glamourpuss, but she doesn’t have to go this dowdy. She’s so much better than this.

  • She is such perfection. Her interviews are sublime. I love that she is loving how she looks, is feeling kicky and fresh, and is having fun. But oh do I hate that harsh hair color, her Beetlejuice pants, and all skirts mullet.

  • I love those awning striped trousers. The top has got to go. The necklace can stay.
    The second outfit is a total misfire. The blouse makes her look like her ladyfronts are at her waist, which they are not. The skirt is wrong for her in every respect. And the shoes belong with the above mentioned awning striped pants.

    • another_laura

      OMG that blouse is so wrong, so very very wrong. Well, and the mullet skirt. And the booties. And I’m not sure I like this hair color. Oh dear, dear, dear.

      • I share your pain, for like you and so many others here, I adore her and her work with an unreserved passion.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          She always come across in interviews as someone who is so balanced, thoughtful, yet with a fabulous sense of humor. As well, she has an adorable husband.

    • crash1212

      As usual, you are spot on and much more articulate than I could ever be in expressing exactly what you’ve said. See? Even that wasn’t expressed very well! Although, I can forgive her almost anything just because she is amazing and has the best authentic smile in the business.

      • How could anyone ignore that amazing grin?

  • Katesymae

    What if this IS the work of a stylist? Yikes.

    • Imasewsure

      It’s not. That much we can be sure of…it’s just fun quirky Aunt Emma and her crazy closet

    • BrooklynBomber

      Then we are nearing the End of Times. Hailstones, earthquakes, volcanos – the whole thing.

    • decormaven

      shudders…. hold me, mommy.

  • Random Compliments

    I would have never recognized her. Holy clusterfuck.

  • crash1212

    Don’t care…love her. She can wear all the striped pants and odd skirts and color her hair just a bit too blonde – I still love her. Actually, I kind of love those pants.

  • shirab

    The hair made me think “Carol Channing.” That’s not what I want to think when I see Ms. Emma.

    • Rand Ortega

      Jinx! You’re smarter than me by 10 minutes.

    • penguinmom

      I tried to post the same thought, but it disappeared somehow. Great minds, Shirab. Very Carol Channing.

    • Exactly what I thought! I wondered if it was for a biopic or something. Truly the only excuse for that hair.

    • Derek_anny

      Only in the thumbnail pic for me, though.

  • msdamselfly

    the outfits may be unflattering but her expressions and behavior are delightful

  • Kelly

    I didn’t even recognize her. She looks like Joan Blondell during the “Here Come the Brides” years. Love Blondell, but that was not her best look. Nor is it Thompson’s. Ouch. What happened?

  • Karen Belgrad

    Give Martha Stewart back her hairdo… Give Beetlejuice/Robin Thicke back his pants!!!!!

  • MilaXX

    I may be in the minority here, but the first look would be okay with a fitted top. The second look needs to be burned along with Tina Fey’s black widow’s lace.

    • formerlyAnon

      I don’t even think the first look is terrible as is. Unflattering, yes, but obviously that’s not bothering her. An approach more brisk than glam to red carpet dressing, yes, but again, I don’t think she minds.

  • Rand Ortega

    Always lovely to see Carol Channing out promoting something.
    What’s that?

    • Imasewsure

      Yes the Old Girl looks great, doesn’t she…. what, that’s who? oh no

  • Tanya Wade

    One love’s her so much, but some things are still just….not done. Go the way of The Mirren, dear. That way is a path worth treading.

  • Imasewsure

    Maybe we can just lock her in a room with Helen Mirren, a pile of designer clothes, and hope for the best. Wow this is awful

    • marlie

      I’d pay to see that.

  • Betsy

    I agree with all of the comments about the disturbing Beetlejuice pants and mullet skirt. Agree about the hiddy blouses that only hide her loveliness. BUT, no one has pointed out the other truly disturbing detail. It’s one of those “once you see it, you can’t un-see it” things. So, here goes . . .
    “Emma, darling, I love you. I wish you were my real sister, instead of only my imaginary one. But NEVER put your hands in a crotch-level pocket on the front of a skirt. Or slacks. Or a dress. Makes it look like you’re playing with your lady-parts, right there on the red carpet. Not a good look.”

  • claudemtl777

    Girlfriend don’t give no fuck!!
    (But I wish could photoshop a switch of tops and bottoms…might work )))

  • If she’s going to wear this, she should at least have the decency to be driving a golf cart with your name encrusted in diamonds to show how much she doesn’t care.

    • Imasewsure

      Sporting a matching pink sequin hat and large eye-exam sunglasses!!

  • DeTrop

    Between ET and HBC me thinks there’s somfin in the water across the pond.

    • marlie

      The two of them have LONG been favorites of mine. <3

      • DeTrop

        Mine too. They’re both great talents and follow their own drummer.

  • Imasewsure

    Oh my god I just noticed the mullet skirt… I was so fixated on the hair and the awful blouse I missed it completely. Laughingly bad. So glad she pulled out the thumb’s up too… It’s not just for guys anymore apparently!! ARGH

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Especially one who will get you out of that blonde wig-like style that ages you 20 years! Lord God, woman! I have always wished I looked like you…until now!

  • alyce1213

    Bravo to her for her for wearing the right undergarments. That white blouse is pretty sheer, but no ladybits are showing even in bright light. .

    I like the pleated striped trousers, even if they do widen her hips a bit — — they’re bold and outrageous. She’s tall enough to pull it off and the length is perfect. The blouse is a little too wide, something a little closer to the body would be better proportionally.
    The printed version is a little too blousey when it’s tucked in and makes her looks saggy, but the sheerness is handled well. Maybe with something else on the bottom?

    The mullet skirt is an abomination. The hair’s tennis pro.

    • formerlyAnon

      Tennis Pro hair. EXACTLY.

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    Oh god yes. I really am not loving that cut on her. Carol Channing is not where she should go style-wise. The second blouse is too pretty for a mullet skirt and booties.

  • Synnamin

    I feel like she needs to match the trees with the clown pants, just so that we’d all know that she’s going to Tim Burton’s afterparty

  • Laurie Landry

    A better foundation garment such as a bra would have done wonders under either of those blouses.

  • Miss WKS

    What’s with the “Lady Golfer” hairdo….did she come out recently?

  • Diego!

    OMG…. Call Nanny McPhee ASAP!!!!

  • Lauren Dorsee Dillon

    I’m kind of digging the tree shirt.

    • BrooklynBomber

      Me, too. I think it looks great, and I thought the post was going to be about a strike out followed by a home run. And then I scrolled down.

  • jw_ny

    I love Emma, but c’mon girl…Carol Channing’s style is not one you want to emulate!

  • lesmaha

    She actually looks good–not the clothes, just HER. At first I was shocked by the blond hair, but she actually looks happier than I’ve seen her in years (not that I’ve been tracking her closely). The clothes are definitely wacky, but she looks happy.

  • teensmom99

    Asa middle aged woman I like that Emma looks like she’s a friend of mine who threw something on go meet me for coffee (between Pilates & carpool, I guess). Of course even my suburban friends dress up upon occasion.

  • LadyLuck777

    From the thumbnail I thought she had to be doing a Doris Day biopic, because no way would she willingly have that hair otherwise.

  • JP

    Hair and makeup OK, though. Love someone smiling on the red carpet!

  • random_poster

    I want to meet her for coffee then head out for a drink afterwards because we were just having too much fun catching up!

  • Trickytrisha

    Good God woman… you look like you escaped from an asylum. Where’s the Emma we know and love? Why is the impostor wearing clown pants and witch drag (because Halloween?)? OMG, I want my Emma back.

  • NMMagpie

    What’s with the Florence Henderson hair?

  • JauntyJohn

    Sorry, peeps, count me as loving the hair. Frames her face and radiant smile, has a fun retro vibe and is probably on the low end of the maintenance scale, which strikes me as in her zone.
    That second ensemble… no, no no!

  • Bethany Fairbrother

    Oh! Gees! No! Girl this is not your look!

  • kat89

    Sybil Trelawney lives!!!

  • 1964edithgrove

    Oh honey — PLEASE go back to brown hair. And have a trusted gay or female friend look you over before you leave the house. Then go back upstairs to change. You have the smile, the looks and the personality to shine in something chic and classic. These outfits are ridiculous.

  • Alanna

    Okay. Sigh. I was a hardcore Emma Thompson fan back when her first Oscar-winning movie was released (senior in high school and became an English major), so the first paragraph struck a long-dormant nerve. I say this with love and with the proviso that I see this error all the damn time.

    So. Howards End does not contain an apostrophe.

    [Deep breath.] Thank you.

    • AzSportsGirl

      I believe the Uncles know this and they simply have an edit program that ASSUMES an apostrophe is needed. i.e. someties I really DO mean HELL and not HE’LL!

  • terpsichory

    When I’m sixty, I will still want to be her when I grow up. (Maybe with nicer clothes, though.)

    She’s been my favourite female person since I was fourteen. Love.

  • AndreaSkates

    Sad face for the Carol Channing hair. Happy face for how happy Emma looks.

  • sagecreek

    I thought the first look was very sweet and fun and good on her.
    I refuse to even acknowledge the second look, because oh wow, that was bad. If I’d seen it. Which I didn’t.

  • formerlyAnon

    I can give her #1, especially if she’s not worrying about flattering. It’s got a brisk no-nonsense quality, like she’d rather be tromping the paddocks in her wellies or is a member of the well-to-do lesbian professional A-list. #2 is deeply hideous compounded by nearly the worst shoes one could put with it. (Well, the wellies would be worse.) Though the blouse for #2 is salvageable.

    • JauntyJohn

      Yes! Spot on, point for point.

  • marlie

    This pains me to say, because her Beatrice will forever be one of my favorite characters (well, ALL of her characters), but honey, that’s not your hair OR your clothes.

    • Tatiana Luján

      My love for Beatrice knows no boundaries.

  • Lily-Rygh

    Oh, good lord, NO! That hair color is SO aging on her, and the Bozo-goes-to-prison pants that you can see through the blouse, and those booties with the mullet skirt… My eyes are burning and I am sad.

  • Joanne Abrams

    LOL, but I do like her blond hair

  • Meredith

    I love you guys because you have good dramatic writing instincts. There. I articulated it. Phew.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Oh honey, NO. JUST NO. Please hire a stylist – please. We who love you are on our knees begging you. And I say this as someone who has cheerfully sat through untold viewings of Sense and Sensibility, crying along with Marianne and Eleanor.

  • Paula Pertile

    I regret to say I do not esteem these looks, dearest.

  • joything

    Queen Helen Mirren of Fuckingfantastica has a crazyhappy tomboy little sister who … [finish the sentence]

  • Jennifer Bober

    LOL!! I called that comment scrolling through the pics!!!!

  • Abby Turner Tucker

    I love your ‘snarky comment at the end’ posts. They always have struggling not to spit out my wine.

  • Aurumgirl

    That second blouse is horrifying. It disfigures her entire top half.

  • Noah

    And just like that, “SWEET JESUS ON A BREADSTICK” entered my vernacular.

  • Rachael

    I can’t tell if it’s the way the blouses are or if someone needs to get her some decent foundational garments. That second outfit has her looking like she tucked the girls into her waistband…..

  • SewingSiren

    She’s just wonderful. I like the second outfit even. But the shoes must go. Go far far away to the jeans that they should be worn with.

  • SewingSiren

    I was going to mention that! She’s always been a bit out there with the fashion. Her wedding dress was Lacroix couture.

  • quiltrx

    Well, I like her Beetlejuice pants. 🙂

  • YoungSally

    That first look is like she’s an ABBA groupie.

  • Ron Zank

    A friend was there and reports that darling Emma was complaining that those fugly shoes hurt her feet. Don’t WEAR them, dearest!

  • I admit it, freely and without shame…I like the first ensemble. The hair, not so much.

  • MK03

    Jerri Blank couture.

  • BeeBeauNYC

    And don’t forget she starred in Dead Again in like ’90 or ’91! I loved that movie.

  • Why did she borrow pants from an escaped prisoner?

  • understateddiva

    Gurl. Just do not put things together. Dresses only from now on.

  • A woman this amazing deserves so much better than that hair don’t.

  • nosniveling

    she looks wonderful! Love the beetlejuice outfit!

  • Wow. She looks like my grandmother’s cousin Evelia. Evelia wears a wig.

  • DesertDweller79

    I could barely see the clothes due to being horrified by her hair. The cut is wrong and the color is awful. What happened?? I like the pieces she is wearing individually, but I kind of hate them together.

  • Cate

    The first look is like Miley Cyrus’ hair and Robin Thicke’s pants had a scary lovechild and she’s your aunt, somehow.

  • “But it’s Lacroix, darling! LACROIX!

  • bellafigura1

    A stylist yes, but at the very least, she needs to fire the asses of anyone at the store or personal shopper.

  • 3boysful

    Perhaps it’s just me, but from a distance the tree print on look number 2 looks like exploding arteries. Ick.

    But I j’adore Emma anyway.

  • modbooks

    Emma’s thing has always been dressing crazy. Like, worse than Helena Bonham Carter crazy (at least HBC seems to have a steampunk thing going.) Google photos of Emma from the 90s – even at her wedding to Kenneth Branagh, she looked pretty insane.

    • Kelly

      True — I remember that hideous wedding dress. Even for someone clearly *trying* to be quirky and strange, she looked laughable.

  • Dan_In_NYC

    This is hilariously bad. This looks like a costumers idea of what “dowdy middle aged woman” looks like. And she did this to herself in her REAL LIFE. No.

  • Tatiana Luján

    Her and Kenneth Branagh, my 2 cinematic loves.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Oh, this hurts. It hurts my heart. I love her so much, and this just makes my ribs ache. It’s not like I expect her to fall into Kidman or Winslet territory – amazing acting ability AND amazing fashion sense. But on the other side of the coin, I also don’t want to see her fall into “Dowdy Aunt” territory. She’s too young for that.

    By the way, this speech of hers from “Sense & Sensibility” always makes me cry:

    “What do you know of my heart? What do you know of anything but your own suffering. For weeks, Marianne, I’ve had this pressing on me without being at liberty to speak of it to a single creature. It was forced on me by the very person whose prior claims ruined all my hope. I have endured her exultations again and again whilst knowing myself to be divided from Edward forever. Believe me, Marianne, had I not been bound to silence I could have provided proof enough of a broken heart, even for you.”

    Can’t ever, ever get through “S&S” without crying during that scene. These outfits also make me cry, but for an entirely different reason.

    • Gatto Nero

      That speech! Yes! Thank you!

  • Tatiana Luján

    Ouch, indeed, but her face looked lovely.

  • Heather

    I kind of like the Halloween-y blouse with the branches on it. It’s a bit early-2000s, but I think she could pull it off with different bottoms.

  • colleenjanel

    Am I the only person who thinks she looks like she could pass for Cat Deely’s mother??? Especially in the thumbnail! I thought it was Cat with a really bad hairstyle. I really want them in a movie together now!

  • tereliz

    Okay. If the pants in look one were widelegged, and the booties in look two were burned with fire and replaced with pointy-toed pumps, this could work. As long as one doesn’t look at her head. For the love of the kingdom, woman, go back to strawberry blonde!

  • ashtangajunkie

    I really like the white blouse in the first outfit. That’s all I got. Good thing she’s so magnificent.

  • kipper

    Miss Emma is the way way back Honey Badger……

  • boweryboy

    Miss Emma … bringing the cray one outfit at a time.

  • She looks about 80.

  • jonesybj_notreally

    anyone else thinking Ellen? I would total welcome emma to the fold… but my partner would insist on sharing…

  • PaperPusher2

    Oh the hair. The hair hurts. That Boca Raton hair. It ages her ridiculously. I could withstand the outfits but that hair. Why Emma Why? Please tell me it’s for a film role. Please.

  • Leigh Montano

    I want to see Tilda Swinton in the bottom outfit. I think she would look amazing in it.

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    There’s a germ of something here. But I think it’s the willingness to experiment, which unfortunately backfired. A good stylist could hone that shit.

  • Kent Roby

    Oh dear lord, someone must’ve told her to branch out style-wise, and she took them literally.

  • penguinmom

    Why does she look like Carol Channing all of a sudden?

  • CeeQ

    Awww Emma! No! I love you, please don’t do this!!! Those are not great outfits….and I can’t really get behind her hair colour….

  • Sam Smith

    She really looks like my favorite kooky art teacher, and I say that with luv.

  • JaCory Deon

    I can only see Doris Day here. Don’t know if that was intentional, but my god. (She’s great as an actress though, credit where it’s due, and I like her cheeky attitude towards celebrity.)

  • Miranda Reseigh

    Did anyone else think, “Beetlejuice?”

    • MoHub

      I actually though Sarah Jane Smith’s Andy Pandy overalls. And I actually think the pants are kind of fun. They need a different top, though.

      And strangely enough, I loved Emma in The Tall Guy. How many other actresses can pull off stark-naked slapstick?

  • oohsparkley!

    Well, she isn’t boring. I kind of love that she wears what she likes. I feel affection for her, like when your young son wants to wear his batman pj’s to school. It’s cute because of the kooky, inappropriate-ness.

  • boldprint


  • she should have let Robin Thicke keep his pants

  • Passionflora

    Oh dear. My eyes hurt after looking at those photos. And what in the world are you doing with your hair?

  • TLoFanBoy

    Not Carol Channing, not Florence Henderson. No darlings…Patty Chase. That was ALL I could see when the thumbnail popped up. “It shows your ears more.”

  • Krysta

    Aw but look at her smiiiiiile. . .

  • andreawey

    I think I saw that first outfit on an episode of The Golden Girls…..

  • Michelle Gennari

    Oh boy. Why is her hair that …uhm… color?

  • Gatto Nero

    Oh dear. I love her, too.
    The two blouses appear to be exactly the same cut. The sheer, tree-branchy one might actually work with a black tailored pant or a long, slim skirt — and a better bra.
    The pants are clown time.
    The platinum hair is so severe, so wrong for her coloring.
    On the other hand, she looks happy and lighthearted. And I’m glad for that.