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Emma Thompson on George Michael Blessing Last Christmas Before He Died

November 18, 2019

-I know that you came here
right from London. You’re filming “Cruella.” -Yes, with the wonderful
Emma Stone. -With Emma.
Double Emma. -My favorite.
Think of the money they’ll save. [ Laughter ] -Look at the wig you have on.
That’s a nice one. How tall is that? -That’s not the tallest wig.
That’s a foot tall. -That’s a foot, but… -And I have another one
that’s like 3 foot tall. -Really?
-Yeah. -Wow.
-So it’s kind of — -Is that hard to act in? -No.
It’s hard to pee in. -Ah.
[ Laughter ] -Because, um —
Actually… Of course, I’m British,
so the first subject I go to is, you know, peeing. But the costume I’m in
is like — is this really tight corset. So you can’t really bend down. So, you — Wiping is hard.
[ Laughter ] And then what happened,
of course, was the first time I tried,
you bend down to try to reach, and then you’re like a giraffe, because you can’t
get your head back up. Because the wig is so —
-So someone had to come get you? -You’re like, “Help me.
Help me!” [ Laughter ] “Somebody help me!”
And you know, you’re mid-flow. And the whole thing’s just —
[ Laughter ] No.
You’ll have forgotten about it by the time the film comes out,
so it’s fine. [ Laughter ]
-Let’s — -It’s not pretty.
-Thank you for being here. -You’re welcome.
-I want to talk about… [ Laughter ] …”Last Christmas.”
Let’s talk about this film. You came up with this idea. You wrote this, co-wrote this
with your husband… -Yes.
-…who I met backstage. -Yes.
-A very nice, lovely gentleman. It’s based on the Wham! song,
“Last Christmas”? -Yeah.
-And all George Michael’s songs. -All of his songs.
It was weird. ‘Cause this wonderful producer,
David Livingstone, said, “Do you want to write
a screenplay? Kind of rom-com sort of thing. ‘Cause we need a new —
great new Christmas movie…” -Yeah.
-“…based on ‘Last Christmas.’ And I said, “Not really.”
[ Laughter ] Because it’s not
my favorite song. It’s not
my favorite Christmas song. And then I started to —
You know… ♪ Last Christmas,
I gave you my heart ♪ ♪ Very next day,
you gave it away ♪ ♪ This year,
to save me from tears ♪ I don’t know
what to do with that. So I told my old man, Mr. Wise. And we started to talk about it
and thought, “Is there an interesting
sideways way of telling a different kind of
story about the human heart?” And so we started to work on it,
and it was good treatment. And we sent it to George.
And I met him. And he was just the loveliest
guy you could imagine. And all of these themes
in the movie that he was passionate about —
homelessness — He had this great
social conscience. And he was so lovely. And so I got really enthused,
and we started to write. And then, of course,
he had that tragic early death. -Yeah.
-2016, Christmas. -He died actually on Christmas?
-On Christmas Day. -Wow.
-Yeah, nearly three years ago. So, we lost him,
and I miss him so much, and I wish he was here
’cause I know he’d love it. ‘Cause the film’s
like being hugged. And all of his music —
We got 15 of his songs, including a new one at the end. And it’s so cool. And “Heal the Pain,” which is
my favorite of his songs, it’s sort of — it’s like it was
written for the movie. -Really?
-And he said that. He said, “It’s like this –” ‘Cause he was someone
who was always in search of authenticity.
-Yeah. -You know?
And it was really hard for him, before he came out and all of
that, to find himself. And he just had found himself,
and then what happens? -Gosh, I wish he was here
to see it. -I wish he were. -And your husband, by the way,
is very funny. And I was talking to him because
he won “The British Bake-Off.” -Yes, “Celebrity Bake-Off.” You know about baking
in my country. -Yeah.
[ Cheers and applause ] It’s the biggest show
in England. -It’s the only thing that’s
keeping anyone alive. [ Laughter ] Everyone’s so traumatized. They just make biscuits
constantly. [ Laughter ] -But he won it.
-He won it. He won “Celebrity Bake-Off.” -With a self-portrait
of himself. -In biscuits.
-In biscuits. This is what he won with. So the bar is…
[ Cheers ] -Slightly scary.
-The bar is set high. -It doesn’t really
look like him. -It doesn’t really
look like him at all, no. But that’s fantastic. And did you — -We had a bit of a trauma
with that, if I’m honest. ‘Cause, you see,
these are all biscuits. But this was a pancake.
And he — [ Laughter ]
Yeah. And he — he made this
quite a number of times. I mean, my house
was literally just flour. There was just flour everywhere. So, one night, I just couldn’t
take it anymore, and I went out and had eight
like eight martinis too many. And I came back,
and he’d gone to bed, exhausted from all the baking,
and I ate the kilt. [ Laughter ] I ate that pancake bit. I just thought,
“Oh, that’s — oh, that’s nice. I’ll just have a tiny bit
of that.” Worked my way around. -No.
-I ate the whole kilt. But then the worst thing was, I went to bed
and got up in the morning, and he was incandescent
and was making a new kilts — fresh kilts.
And I said, “What happened? He said, “Someone ate my kilt.” [ Laughter ] And I said, “Oh, God. It must have been Gaia,”
our daughter. I so lied.
-You sold out your daughter? -I totally
just threw her to the wolves. [ Laughter ] No compunction whatsoever. -You just came in and said,
“Yo, it must be Gaia.” -Yeah.
And it was miles later, after he had reeked
a horrible revenge, that I said, “Actually, it was me.”
But I couldn’t remember. I couldn’t remember
because I had drunk too much, and that’s no excuse. I’m a really bad
wife and mother is what — -No! That’s ridiculous.
Because you know what? He ended up
winning the whole thing. -He did.
He won the whole thing. -See? Because if you left
this original kilt, he might have lost. -That’s true.
-Right? You helped him.
-Yes. -You helped him win.
-Okay. -Thank goodness for you.
-Thank God you’re here. -Yes. And you taught your
daughter a good lesson, too. [ Laughter ] -Yes. That.
It’s fine. -No! Don’t tell her that. -Oh, my goodness.
You Americans. -I want to show —
[ Laughter ]


  • Reply A Santana October 31, 2019 at 4:12 am

    She is so funny and elegant.. I love her!

  • Reply teresa smith October 31, 2019 at 4:43 am

    Happy to see they made his song. Sad day for everyone George Michael fan and wham. Into a movie people would love. Hope he smiling down from heaven when it's out.

  • Reply Maria Lewis October 31, 2019 at 4:47 am

    Such a phenomenal talent for decades in so many ways: writing, acting, comedy, drama, and such a genuine and humble human.

  • Reply King 2202 October 31, 2019 at 6:51 am

    OH Thank GOD ! I don't where I heard it…..but I heard Emma Stone was supposed to play that role. No offense to Emma, but she's not Emma Thompson.

  • Reply Hela October 31, 2019 at 7:34 am

    Starring Jimmy Fallon and his terribly over-exhausted fake laughing.

  • Reply Michael October 31, 2019 at 8:33 am

    What a classy lady! Emma Thompson is great!

  • Reply J. B. October 31, 2019 at 10:59 am

    I'm 29 and I think she's insanely attractive.

  • Reply Jayden Marvel October 31, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    5:53 Jimmy talked too much that they had to cut the telecast
    Jimmy: I want to show –

  • Reply Meli Olivo October 31, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    I love her

  • Reply Rozitta Grigorian October 31, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    Deadpool joined the chat!

  • Reply Kimberly Young October 31, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    I Adore Her❤

  • Reply jackie jones October 31, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Best talk show guest ever.

  • Reply Lou Lou October 31, 2019 at 3:46 pm


  • Reply R M October 31, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Emma is the British whisperer to my conscious.

  • Reply Sharon Rose October 31, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    “Everyone’s so traumatized, they just make biscuits constantly.” The Great Brexit Bake-off.

  • Reply LaLaLaAllDayLong October 31, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    Loving this jacket

  • Reply James Ebola October 31, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    What's that stuff on her hair? Looks like bird droppings…

  • Reply Joanne Adair October 31, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    Roll on next Friday. I can't wait to see it.

  • Reply 林彤 October 31, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    That’s got to be one of the worst transitions on a talkshow

    long talk commemorating George Michael

    “Gosh… I wish he was here to see it… ugh.. and uh err your husband btw is really funny. He just won the great British bake off”

  • Reply Jordan Huegel October 31, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    She looks just like her mum. Emma is fantastic!

  • Reply X Z October 31, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    She’s the only person I like in UK: not pretentious, not snobby, not stiff…she’s everything but British.

  • Reply jordan comeau October 31, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    She just says what everyone thinks in their heads and doesnt have the balls to say haha

  • Reply JAMS's Nana October 31, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    I love her so much!!!

  • Reply Mirela Paulus October 31, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    My hero I'm so proud of you. Emma ❤️

  • Reply Claire JR October 31, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    oh my gosh I love this woman.

  • Reply mind ya October 31, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    Would love to have her, Helen Mirren and Julie Andrews in the same interview.

  • Reply Victor Johnson November 1, 2019 at 1:20 am

    Kenneth Branagh dumped this bitch after getting sick of her shit.

  • Reply Smash 565 November 1, 2019 at 1:34 am

    Her hair

  • Reply Tim Tobias November 1, 2019 at 1:37 am

    Emma is hilarious!! " I just threw my daughter to the wall!" LMAO!! She could talk about ear wax & make it sound so proper. Love, love, love her!😂😂😂

  • Reply Smash 565 November 1, 2019 at 1:38 am

    I have never watched bake off .

  • Reply Rose Renee November 1, 2019 at 2:06 am

    What's up with the 50,000 pins in her hair?

  • Reply RJF November 1, 2019 at 3:27 am

    I love Emma so. She is absolutely hysterical. An exceedingly talented actor and a gorgeous person all around.

  • Reply psyger tyger November 1, 2019 at 3:45 am

    Freddie mercury movie. Elton John movie.
    Now a George Michael movie.
    I love this solo much xxxxxxxxx

  • Reply msparkamsparka November 1, 2019 at 4:11 am

    What happened after she said, "you Americans?" Other than that look of "did I say that out loud on American television." 🤣🤣

  • Reply Miranda Miller November 1, 2019 at 4:33 am

    The way Emma talked about the movie makes me even more excited to see this.

  • Reply turtleflowyoga November 1, 2019 at 7:09 am

    So looking forward to Last Christmas. Heal the Pain is one of my most fav George Michael song. 💖💖💖

  • Reply miss loublou November 1, 2019 at 8:54 am

    Isn't she fantastic i absolutely love her!

  • Reply SuperDesignChick November 1, 2019 at 10:08 am

    I’m still devastated by Georges death and I still cry a lot about it. I can’t seem to get over it. I don’t know what to do. Three years without George this Christmas and the world feels like such a dark place.

  • Reply NIKA Bittner November 1, 2019 at 11:37 am

    😀 Brilliant !!!!!

  • Reply Mick Killeen November 1, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    George Michael will be around for many years to come. Forever really. The sign of real talent.

  • Reply Mmm Mandy-020 Amsterdam November 1, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    The icon GM!! Happy to see she keeps his memory alive. But he left us with great music

  • Reply P November 1, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Her husband was reeeeally hot in Sense and Sensibility.

  • Reply Diane M. Patterson November 1, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    It’s the only thing keeping everyone alive-in Britain.. we just languish, in the US… Ilove, love love Emma!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Brad Thomas November 1, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Emma is so insane! I love seeing her and hearing her especially when she is just being herself. Her wit and timing always make me laugh and I find her to be an incredible human being. Can't wait to see both of these films.

  • Reply Spirit Of Gold November 1, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    Hahaha, love Emma.

  • Reply Lorna Cameron November 1, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    Love her

  • Reply Littlebit31 November 2, 2019 at 12:16 am

    My 7 year old niece has loved last Christmas as her favorite Christmas song since she was maybe 3. The year he passed away she was singing the song over and over and it just added to the sadness of his passing.

  • Reply A J November 2, 2019 at 2:44 am

    Love her! And George Michael is my ultimate favorite male singer-songwriter. To me he was like the pop version of Chopin. His discography is profound and incredible!

  • Reply VFN556 November 2, 2019 at 2:50 am

    Love Emma Thompson. Does anyone know what she has in her hair and why? She was on talk shows the next day and the things were still in her hair??

  • Reply wtb472 November 2, 2019 at 3:53 am

    She is hilarious 🤣

  • Reply Norman Seagull November 2, 2019 at 9:05 am

    Hollywood and the music industry are both linked to satanic practice. George Michael’s ‘death’ was it an Illuminati sacrifice like the others?

  • Reply specialgifts LA November 2, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    Weird interview..She is not being authentic ..its like she's trying to sound more British..Trying too hard ..

  • Reply J Cortese November 2, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    Somewhere there is a universe where Robin Williams is still alive, and he and Emma Thompson are both on a talk show couch somewhere riffing off of one another, and that universe is a glorious one. George Michael is probably still around in it, too.

  • Reply roro1980 November 2, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    She’s a legend

  • Reply Nikki Lane November 2, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Oh good god, I just love Emma soooo much. More people should be like her. She's fab😍😍😍😍

  • Reply C Marq November 2, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    Love her, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie! They were friends when they where studying and I just wish I could have known them then… could they just make a documentary or movie about that period? Pleaaaseee!

  • Reply Avetor UAC November 2, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    Emma very cool heir) very beautiful hair clips and jewelry gerls now forget + jaket> you beautiful!!! 3:32 hahaha 3:52 cilt? hope not dress and then they began to give the skirts to the boys and then there are no men complaining ASS) ahaha (_!_)

  • Reply Amanda Guarini November 2, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    George ❤️

  • Reply Beatriz Rodriguez November 2, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    Love her jacket and head piece

  • Reply Michael T November 2, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    Fallon comes across as a complete and utter fake.

  • Reply Steven k November 3, 2019 at 1:34 am

    Emma any day! Love this bitch!…from a fellow bitch😆

  • Reply linda ackerman November 3, 2019 at 2:30 am

    Love Emma so much, she is so much fun, shes literally like a breathe of fresh air.♥♥

  • Reply Mark-Leon Thorne November 3, 2019 at 2:43 am

    How wonderful. I know I will be crying through the entire film.

  • Reply Jennifer wellman November 3, 2019 at 3:05 am

    I ❤️ Emma Thompson

  • Reply Mister Gee November 3, 2019 at 3:53 am

    Americans call biscuits cookies.

  • Reply KurtisLeeSinger November 3, 2019 at 7:53 am

    I can't wait for this. George was such an amazing human. Can't wait to hear his songs in this movie. I know it'll be amazing if Emma is attached to it. She's an amazing actress. #LastChristmas

  • Reply Derek Kent November 3, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    Emma is planting a fuck ton of trees, allegedly, to make up for that carbon footprint that's at least 10 times the size of mine. Yet I'm supposed to make sacrifices to save the planet?

  • Reply Z November 3, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    she's making this guy blush. she's awesome

  • Reply Cayley Hill November 3, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    I wish he was here too Emma I loved him and he was the best most compassionate person love him since I was 7 and I will love him till the end of time
    he was loved

  • Reply Gillian Stewart November 4, 2019 at 12:29 am

    Stupid woman that needs to use vulgarity no get attention. A has been!

  • Reply dvdgalutube November 4, 2019 at 1:48 am

    Love Emma Thompson!!

  • Reply Judi O'Regan November 4, 2019 at 1:51 am

    Elizabeth II: "But I am the Queen of England."
    Emma Thompson: "Hold my tea."

  • Reply Truth Seeker November 4, 2019 at 2:13 am

    Outfit okay but ages her, but what is that thing in her hair. A busy outfit and a busy hairpiece no! It’s one or the other.

  • Reply Chi Cetin November 4, 2019 at 11:12 am

    When I grow up I wanna be like Emma Thomson. 💜💕💜

  • Reply ConleyStudios November 4, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    I cannot believe she thought talking about using the bathroom was funny. Entertainment today is so wierd

  • Reply E Marie November 4, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    I love Emma. Now with that being said and having been a bartender for 3 decades. Jimmy looks and acts intoxicated on his show. A lot

  • Reply Diana Shelton November 4, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    Omg I was watching this video and my 13 month old was watching when suddenly he says Daddy, Daddy every time It shows Fallon!!! Lol so funny!

  • Reply I am a parson not a UwU 1355 November 4, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    I love you do much Emma 🌹🙏❤️😊

  • Reply Sylvie Leblanc November 4, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    bonjour ses Sylvie j'aime tout ses films ses mon actrice préférer et elle a un bon sens de l'humour de Sylvie de Montréal 🤗😄😃😃😁

  • Reply oceane DAIGNEAU FRUGIER November 4, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    bloody love her

  • Reply James Hanley November 5, 2019 at 2:20 am

    She looks awful what happened her

  • Reply jean myers November 5, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    So funny, even Joan Collins would have laughed

  • Reply Mel Vern November 5, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    I LOVE this woman. she is soooo real. So warm. My age. She could be my "bestie."

  • Reply Mykey Farrington-Manchester November 5, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    [email protected]
    [email protected]

  • Reply Fleet Wood November 5, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    She bends down, trying to wipe & Jimmy covers his mouth. 🤣

  • Reply Rachel Kristine November 5, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    I just ADORE this Lady! She's like a non musical version of Julie Andrews. & What an honor it must have been to work with the great, Alan Rickman! 😘

  • Reply Danica Braxton November 5, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    Somehow I think George had nothing to do with the movie Last Christmas. It's just PR.

  • Reply Lisa D'Arrigo November 5, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Emma Thompson had a golden run in the 90’s.

  • Reply hnc52 November 7, 2019 at 3:42 am

    I had a crap day at work. Watching Emma brightened my day. British humour does the trick.

  • Reply Callum November 7, 2019 at 6:54 am

    It’s a rare talent that can be funny in the face of jimmys bullshit

  • Reply Sharon Barnes November 7, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    Love her…this hairstyle not so much.

  • Reply lesley rhind November 7, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    Emma and George must have got on so well x

  • Reply Alexis Newell November 8, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Emma Thompdon is British legrnd magnificent actress human being n wtityer❤
    Cant wait to dee Last Christmas next week n Our beautiful unforgettable George Michsels music blows my mind he would be
    so happy n proud thank you you Emma n your fab husband. …..❤you😘
    Love the interview your a blast 💕💫🌹

  • Reply Mirela Žarković November 8, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    I watch Last Christmas last night… I am from Croatia.. had a great time. Emma and Emilia have great pronunciation of croatian language !! 😊👏

  • Reply Julia Risi November 8, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    Love Emma a queen among women. But sorry JF is an idiot.

  • Reply AMS93 November 11, 2019 at 10:48 am

    Amazing woman haha

  • Reply Dee Devoleno November 11, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    HAHAHAHA This what happens when celebs "keep it real" HAHAHAHAHA It's true though. When life gets tuff the tuff make biscuits.

  • Reply ifanonymisaname November 14, 2019 at 8:43 am

    I loooooove british accent. Everything just sounds on point.

  • Reply MaximusJohal November 16, 2019 at 7:17 am

    I was just saying they need to make a movie with George michael music

  • Reply Chengfu Saechao November 18, 2019 at 10:23 am

    This was a sad movie….
    ….but also a bit mix of
    Comedy too…..funny
    Scene in the therapist office…."she drinks
    Like a pirate"LOL…..
    "Let's eat some
    Lesbian pudding" LOL….

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