Emma Thompson admits to having an inner "prickly pear"

Oct 21, 2013 at 2:39 p.m. ET

Emma Thompson has revealed that she enjoyed being "being rude without any repercussions" and explained why her latest role for Saving Mr. Banks was so liberating.

Emma Thompson enjoyed being a "prickly pear" for her latest role

The lovely and talented Emma Thompson has recently revealed how much she enjoys being a diva!

Many Hollywood stars are known for their diva-like behavior; however, the 54-year-old actress's behavior was all for her role in Saving Mr. Banks.

The forthcoming film is based on the rivalry between industry greats Walt Disney and the irritable P. L. Travers, the author of Mary Poppins, who was unwilling to allow Disney to make her book into a Hollywood blockbuster.

Thompson revealed at the London Film Festival that she embraced her role as P. L. Travers because her character allowed her to be "rude without repercussions."

The double Oscar-winner joked, "I just let out my inner-prickly pear. I just, basically, was my true self: difficult, cantankerous. I hide that for effect; you get on better... people give you more stuff."

"So I let it all hang out. And I must tell you, it's such a relief to be rude without any repercussions whatsoever."

"Can you imagine it? 'I don't want to go to your f***ing press conference' or 'I don't want to go to your birthday party because I got bored of you years ago.' You could just come out with these things, and she did! She said what she meant.''

We can imagine that many stars in Hollywood feel this way and we look forward to Thompson once again dazzling on-screen — just as she did on Sunday evening at the closing ceremony for both the film's world premiere and the 57th BFI London Film Festival.

Saving Mr. Banks opens in theaters Dec. 13 in limited release and Dec. 20 nationwide, and it should be a fantastic film given that the stars of it are none other than Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson.

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