Helena Bonham Carter wishes she and Tim Burton could watch rom-coms together.
The 48-year-old actress has been in a relationship with the kooky filmmaker since 2001 after he directed her in Planet of the Apes. Together they have ten-year-old son Billy and six-year-old daughter Nell.
Helena’s latest film role is in family flick The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet, helmed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. She and Tim watched Jean-Pierre’s classic Amélie together, which gave her false hope about their common interests.
“Actually Amélie was one of the first films that Tim and I saw together, just at the beginning of our relationship,” she recalled to British newspaper The Guardian. “I thought at the time: ‘Oh, this is great, we love all the same films.’ But that was about it. There’s not a great deal of crossover, he won’t go to a rom-com.”
Helena’s big break came as Lucy Honeychurch in 1985 flick A Room with a View and she has since gone on to star in many successful features, including her husband’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street alongside Johnny Depp. Even though it has been years since its release in 2007, the quirky star admits she has yet to watch the finished piece.
“I still haven’t seen Sweeney Todd. I missed the boat with that one. I didn’t want to go to the cinema because I was pregnant with Nell and I was exhausted and my mum was in hospital and I hate watching myself anyway,” she mused. “But then, later on, me and Johnny made a pact that we should watch it for Tim’s sake. So we made a date and we arranged a screening. And then, Johnny being Johnny, he pulled out an hour before. It was a very Depp thing to do.”
She may be confident in her acting abilities now, but that wasn’t always the case for Helena.
“I was cripplingly shy. And, at the age of 19, you are all too aware of how people are perceiving you. I remember reading the first profile of me that was printed in a magazine and thinking: ‘Oh good, now I’m going to find out what I’m really like,’” she remembered. “But no. That’s not the best way of judging yourself.”
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