Emma Thompson’s Reason for NOT Being in the Love Actually Sequel Will Break Your Heart
The upcoming Love Actually reunion film has us more than a little excited, especially as the first pics of filming start to come out. But fans of the classic film will have noticed that one particular person is missing from the reunion. Emma Thompson will NOT be appearing in the Love Actually sequel, and the reason will totally break your heart.
Though it’s hard to imagine Love Actually without Emma Thompson, the fact that the reunion film will be a short one meant for Red Nose Day means that there won’t be a lot of time to delve deep into the characters’ lives all these years later. That’s the reason Emma Thompson won’t be appearing — or rather, because her character’s story these days is just too heartbreaking.
According to the Guardian, Thompson revealed the details of a conversation she had with the film’s writer/director Richard Curtis. “Richard wrote to me and said, ‘Darling, we can’t write anything for you because of Alan,’” speaking of beloved actor, Alan Rickman, who played Harry, the husband of Thompson’s character, Karen, and who sadly passed away in January of 2016.
Emma agreed, adding that she responded by saying, “’No, of course, it would be sad, too sad’… It’s too soon. It’s absolutely right because it’s supposed to be for Comic Relief but there isn’t much comic relief in the loss of our dear friend, really, just over a year ago… we thought and thought [about it] but it just seemed wrong. It was absolutely the right decision.”
No doubt fans of Love Actually and fans of Alan Rickman will agree with that decision.
What do you think about the reason Emma Thompson won’t be appearing in the Love Actually sequel? Let us know @BritandCo!
(h/t Pop Sugar; photos via Stuart C. Wilson/Getty, Universal Pictures)
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!