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Emma Thompson has revealed she bonded with Nanny McPhee co-star Maggie Gyllenhaal by inviting her to Sunday lunch.
The Oscar-winner – mother to ten-year-old daughter Gaia with husband Greg Wise – told how she created a family atmosphere on the set of her latest movie by cooking for Maggie, her husband Peter Sarsgaard and their three-year-old daughter Ramona.
Emma said: “We saw people [socially] – Maggie Gyllenhaal in particular, who’d come over with her family, her little daughter and her husband, you know, Sunday lunches and all of that.”
She added: “That’s very much a part of the way I work, especially when people have come a long way to serve a story, you know, you’ve got to look after them and a home-cooked meal is the best way of doing that. I didn’t have the crew over, because I haven’t got room in my house for 150 people, but God knows that I would do if I did!”
Emma, 50, revealed she pretended to drown to entertain the film’s child stars when they had to shoot a scene featuring piglets synchronised swimming, which was to be edited in using special effects.
She revealed: “It was difficult for the children, poor things, because we said, ‘Right, now children, you’re going to be watching some piglets do synchronised swimming in the pond, isn’t that exciting?’ But they’re just looking at a blinking pond with nothing in it.
“So I said, ‘Drag me into the pond and pretend to drown me, because I guarantee that will make them laugh.’ So that’s what they’re laughing at, which just shows you what twisted, vicious little people they are, laughing at me being drowned!”
:: Nanny McPhee And The Big Bang is in cinemas now.
Maggie Gyllenhaal didn’t get much opportunity to work with Emma Thompson on the set of ‘Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang’ but enjoyed ”hanging out” with her in their spare time.
Maggie Gyllenhaal “hung out” with Emma Thompson on the set of ‘Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang’.
The 32-year-old actress admits she didn’t get to do much work with the star, but they still found the time to enjoy one another’s company.
She said: “We did work together on ‘Stranger Than Fiction’ but we never acted together, not even for a second. And even in this movie it’s not much, we don’t do much together.
“We mostly just hung out together. And she was of course on set all the time as producer and writer. But as actresses we didn’t do much work together.”
The star also admits she enjoyed learning the English accent and believes all Americans have a desire to learn how to speak like a Brit.
She said: “I think most Americans when we come to England we just wish we could talk like you guys for a while and I got to do it in this movie! In fact the dialect coach who I worked with worked with my husband Peter Sarsgaard on ‘An Education’ and he was great. I really liked talking in an English accent.”
Maggie Gyllenhaal cried while reading the ‘Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang’ script.
The 32-year-old actress – who plays the role of harassed mother Mrs. Green in the kids’ movie – was drawn to the script because she believes in making good films for children, but her own three-year-old daughter Ramona was too young to see the film.
Speaking at the world premiere of the movie at the Odeon cinema in London’s Leicester Square last night (24.03.10), Maggie told BANG Showbiz: “I do believe it’s important to make movies for kids that are great. My daughter is a little young for this film, but she loves movies and I see how much they sort of soak it all in their little brains.
“But really for me I just wanted to play the part and I wanted to act with Emma. And I cried five or six times while reading the script.”
The star also relished the opportunity to work with British star Emma Thompson, who plays the titular nanny character in the film.
She said: “I think that Emma is a real grown up and I think there are very few people I can say that about. And I hope that one day I can be a real grown up. It’s not that she’s perfect. She’s just really, really committed.”
Despite Maggie being nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in ‘Crazy Heart’ this year, she has no upcoming projects in the pipeline.
Maggie Gyllenhaal, star of the Nanny McPhee sequel, spoke of her American-centric travels to Britain, where she needed a translator often.
Gyllenhaal walked the blue carpet for the Leicester Square premiere of her new movie with Emma Thompson, Nanny McPhee and The Big Bang.
The actress said that although she and husband Peter Sarsgaard spent a lot of time across the pond for his acclaimed flick An Education, the culture gap remained vast.
Contact Music reports she said: ‘You know, I have been here so much we shot The Dark Knight here, my husband shot An Education here, but I think it’s funny – we speak the same language and so many things are similar about New York and London but culturally there are huge differences. I have to do a lot of translating, ‘what do they mean by that?’ But I love London, like, love it.’
She continued: ‘London surprises me and continues to surprise me – and when I’m here, I’m always a little on guard of what I say exactly for that reason.’