In an industry where success is fleeting, British actress Emma Thompson has managed to have a long and fruitful career.
The 61-year-old award-winner has been acting for almost four decades and has starred in over 60 films, a lot of them you may be familiar with. In fact, we bet you’ve watched the widely popular Christmas movie Love Actually at least once during the holidays.
So, how did she do it? How did the ‘Nanny McPhee’ star maintain her shine?
As it turns out, her longevity can be attributed to just two main things.
You see, although Thompson has reached the peaks of success, she’s still very much a down to earth person. One of the tips she actually gives people who want to last long working in the entertainment industry is to treat everybody with respect regardless of their level of fame or title.
Speaking with People magazine, the ‘Sense and Sensibility’ actress shared that the logic behind having respect for people and what they do is that everyone is essential at work and that they are all part of a collective.
A Gift for the Crew
Thompson certainly practices what she preaches and her young co-star, Beanie Feldstein, can attest to this. The 26-year-old actress got to meet Thompson on the set of the comedy film ‘How to Build a Girl’, where Feldstein plays the lead character.
According to Feldstein, she learned an important lesson from the British actress the moment she walked on set. Apparently, Thompson came in with a box of chocolate for the film’s crew and the ‘Booksmart’ actress thought of it as a ‘delicious hug of talent’ that came around to bless the movie they were making.
Feldstein also had a lot of nice things to say about her more experienced co-star. She praises the level of professionalism Thompson showed and shared how she thought it was quite rare.
The actress even recalled the first time she met Thompson and revealed that the two-time Oscar winner was like a ‘little volcano of joy’.
In the end, Feldstein hailed Thompson as one of her greatest sources of inspiration ever.
‘How to Build a Girl’ first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2019 and was released in the United States on May 8, 2020.