Who among us hasn鈥檛 nursed a broken heart with an Adele album and perhaps a bottle of wine? Maybe that鈥檚 why, even 15 years after Love Actually鈥s release, there鈥檚 one particular scene in the movie that still tugs at our heartstrings: when Emma Thompson鈥檚 character realizes that her husband (played by the late Alan Rickman) bought a beautiful necklace for another woman. Cue Joni Mitchell鈥檚 鈥淏oth Sides Now鈥 and a brief tear fest in the bedroom.

We鈥檝e all been there, right? Thompson says she certainly has 鈥 and her real-life pain inspired the raw performance. 鈥淭hat scene where my character is standing by the bed crying is so well known because it鈥檚 something everyone鈥檚 been through,鈥 the two-time Academy Award winner revealed at a theater fundraiser in North West London on February 25, according to the Telegraph.

In Thompson鈥檚 case, heartbreak came at the hands of her ex-husband, actor Kenneth Branagh. The pair, who met on the set of the 1987 BBC drama Fortunes of War, divorced after six years of marriage in 1995 amid rumors that he鈥檇 had an affair with Helena Bonham Carter on the set of Mary Shelley鈥檚 Frankenstein.

鈥淚 had my heart very badly broken by Ken,鈥 the Sense and Sensibility actress added. 鈥淪o I knew what it was like to find the necklace that wasn鈥檛 meant for me. Well, it wasn鈥檛 exactly that, but we鈥檝e all been through it.鈥

Thompson previously told the Telegraph that she drew on that experience for her acting. 鈥淚鈥檝e had so much bloody practice at crying in a bedroom. Then having to go out and be cheerful, gathering up the pieces of my heart and putting them in a drawer.鈥

Like her Love Actually character, Thompson, who鈥檚 been married to actor Greg Wise since 2003, eventually picked up those pieces and has since said she feels no ill will toward Branagh or Bonham Carter (who went on to date until 1999).

鈥淵ou can鈥檛 hold on to anything like that,鈥 she previously told the Sunday Times. 鈥淚t鈥檚 pointless. I haven鈥檛 got the energy for it. Helena and I made our peace years and years ago. She鈥檚 a wonderful woman.鈥

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