Helena has revealed that she took a huge risk taking on the role as the Queen Mother in her upcoming film The King’s Speech as she was still contracted to play Bellatrix Lestrange in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, a predicament that could have ‘brought down’ the film that is now a front runner for the Oscars next year. When Tom Hooper, the director, asked her to play Queen Elizabeth in the film she initially turned it down; “Tom asked me to do it… but I did have other obligations and duties, because I was doing Harry Potter at the same time, so I did say, ‘No’… I kept saying ‘No’. In fact, I don’t think I said ‘Yes’ but I ended up on the set, dressed as the Queen Mum…”. She admitted that it was risky as the Deathly Hallows team could have called her away from the set at any time, and she’d be legally obliged to comply: “You know what they did? It was completely illegal and really quite risky. In fact, fantastically risky. Harry Potter never released me. They said ‘Even if you work on weekends, we get first choice’, so potentially, I could have brought down The King’s Speech.”> You can read an interview with Helena in Jamie’s post above.
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I have to say, I was surprised when I read this! Helena has been taking parenting classes to improve her skills as a mother.
Harry Potter actress Helena Bonham Carter has admitted enrolling in parenting classes to learn how to become a better mother. The 44-year-old, who has two children with long-term boyfriend, film director Tim Burton, told America’s E! Entertainment station: ‘I’m not working right now and I need to learn to be a mum. ‘It’s much harder than being an actress. I’m taking parenting classes. You know, no one ever taught me what to do.’ The actress spoke out at the New York premiere of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part One, which also opened in the UK this weekend. She plays Bellatrix Lestrange in the series. Bonham Carter, mother of Billy Raymond, seven, and Nell, three, said: ‘The classes are teaching me some interesting things. You’ve got to get the children to think for themselves. It’s a relief. I don’t have to know everything.’ Bonham Carter has previously spoken of her own difficult childhood. Her mother Elena had a nervous breakdown when Helena was five, and when she was a teenager, her merchant banker father Raymond, then 50, suffered a stroke, leaving him partly paralysed. She added: ‘Having children in my late 30s makes them more precious because you really want them by then. ‘Before you are a mother you never know how much in love you will be. I want to be the best parent I can.’
Source: Daily Mail