coming out of my shell

coming out of my shell

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Birthright? part I

I'm in the midst of a New Yorker article about Emma Thompson and I need to come up for air. It's one of those articles so dense and chewy you never want it to end. 

Thompson has had a full life, complete with joy and sorrow. She's bright, articulate, hard working, funny, creative; absolutely amazing, really. What strikes me is how matter-of-fact she is. What she is missing is anxiety, the absence of which is stunning. 

Emma's had bad things happen, everyone has. She reacts appropriately to any given situation, then moves on. I could be wrong, but I don't think she has spent significant time cowering in the recesses of her psyche, damaged and anticipating the worst. How did she escape that? Or does she just do a good job of hiding that part of herself? 

Perhaps it's that she was born into a family of actors? She had parents who valued intelligent expression, encouraged an appreciation of comedy, and were of reasonably comfortable means. They were supportive of her. Having "enough" money helps. Knowing one will have the means to achieve a dream IF one has the talent must be comforting. Creativity would seem like your birthright. My shoulders relax just imagining.  

And I begin to think.


  1. Oh, now I'm looking forward to reading that article. She's our neighbor! She lives down the street from us! (And her mother, Phyllida Law, lives across the street from Emma.)

  2. I can't imagine having supportive parents, truly supportive. She is one of my favorite actors because of her sense of humour and her vulnerability.

    1. I can't either, my friend. Sucks, doesn't it?

  3. I also had supportive parents. And I always appreciated them.

  4. Early and no-holds-barred support is a gift. For. sure.

  5. That new movie she's in (Good Luck, Leo etc) -- seemed a very courageous choice for her. I applaud her guts. -Kate


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