Why should there not be a lot of different time scales? The more we look at quantum physics and chaos the more we realise there is nothing linear in life.”There seems to have been little about Wise’s life that has been predictable.
I believe in it even though I have not experienced it. As his wife’s career has soared – she won her first of two Oscars as best actress for the 1992 film Howards End – Wise’s has been steady but never spectacular.
“I've 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,” she said. But I refuse to be affected over issues like this by how the world at large appears to feel.” Thompson, who is the only person ever to have won Oscars for both writing and acting, is now married to Greg Wise, an actor and producer whom she met on the set of the 1995 version of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.
However, Thompson struck a more reconciled note about the fall-out from her relationship with Branagh in a new interview. The couple have one daughter, Gaia, 13, and a son, Tindyebwa Agaba, 26, a former child soldier from Rwanda whom they informally adopted when he was 16.
Her first major film role was in the 1989 romantic comedy The Tall Guy.
In 1992, Thompson won multiple acting awards, including an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award for Best Actress, for her performance in the British drama Howards End.
He was an unknown – albeit dashing – while she was already an established star.“I didn’t look at it that way,” he reflects now.“We fell in love and it seemed that there was no reason not to get together. She remains close friends with Wise and Thompson.“She was more of a mod or punk,” says Wise.“I think I’ve always been an old hippy.”The reason we are discussing the circumstances after all these years is Wise’s sinister new film Blackwood in which he witnesses a succession of spooky events.
Following in the footsteps of her actor parents, Emma Thompson also made acting as her career.
During her younger years, she was a member of the Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club.
Thompson met Branagh in 1987, when they were both appearing in a BBC mini-series called Fortunes of War, and they married two years later.
“I do sometimes wonder about whether there are alternatives, and about whether our fury and rage and disbelief and horror about infidelity is quite realistic,” she said.