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Emma Thompson: “I can’t bear to look at myself naked in the mirror”.

Emma Thompson presented her new film at the Berlinale 2022. So far, so normal. What followed in the press conference, however, was more than “business as usual.” The Oscar winner sharply criticized existing ideals of beauty and explained how she herself suffers from them.

In the film Good Luck to You, Leo Grande, Emma Thompson plays a teacher who wants to finally experience an orgasm with the help of a young sex worker. A role for which the 62-year-old had to make a great effort. "We are not used to seeing untreated bodies on the screen. We are only used to seeing trained bodies," she said at the press conference in Berlin. She herself could not bear to look at herself naked in the mirror.

"I pull something in, I turn to the side, I do something, I can’t just stand there", Thompson confesses. "It’s scaryö&apron;end." And that’s the problem, she says. "We women have been brainwashed our whole lives to hate our bodies. And everything that surrounds us reminds us how imperfect we are and everything that is wrong with us."

Emma Thompson shows herself naked in film for the first time

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To simply stand naked in front of the mirror for her role "without judging my own body was the hardest thing I ever had to do as an actress", Emma Thompson further confesses. In her decades-long acting career, the British actress shows herself completely naked for the first time in this tragicomic.

But a positive body image is not the only problem; according to Emma Thompson, female pleasure is also not talked about enough: "We should talk much öfter and more openly üabout sexuality in society."