Thompson ‘grateful for menopause’

Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson has revealed she is “grateful for [the] menopause.”

With temperatures plunging to record lows on the East Coast due to a polar vortex moving cold air into the area, a number of celebrities have complained about the cold.

But Emma is more than thankful for her hot flashes, which have been keeping her warm and toasty.

“It’s such a cold night and it’s the only time I’ve actively been grateful for menopause,” Emma joked at the National Board of Review gala on Tuesday. “I’ve been entirely comfortable,” she added.

Emma attended the ceremony to pick up the best actress award for her work in Saving Mr. Banks.

While she might be comfortable with the cold weather, the same can’t be said for high heels.

“Why do we wear them?” the 54-year-old asked the audience. “They’re so painful and pointless, really. I would really like to urge everyone to stop it. Just stop it. Don’t wear them anymore.”

The Nanny McPhee actress has received high praise and plenty of Oscar buzz for her role in Saving Mr.Banks.

In the film, Emma plays prickly Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers opposite Tom Hanks’ Walt Disney.

But in a year with so many rich and complex roles for women in Hollywood, Emma questions all the attention and praise she’s been receiving.

“It’s been an extraordinary year for women’s roles. I can’t think what gave me the edge,” she said.

“It must have been the perm, which was a great sacrifice. It meant no sex [with my husband, British actor Greg Wise] for months on end,” she joked.

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