She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in Howards End in 1992, and for Best Adapted Screenplay for Sense and Sensibility in 1995.
But now, Dame Emma Thompson, 63, has revealed that she became ‘seriously ill’ both times she attended the Oscars, due to finding ‘the pressure and glare of it too much.’
Speaking to Radio Times, she also opened up on the difficulties of fame, admitting she ‘developed a sort of allergy’ to being asked questions about herself.
Dame Emma said: ‘Both times I had to do the Oscars I got seriously ill. I found the pressure and glare of it too much.
The actress also revealed that she had no desire to become a movie star and explained how she landed her first job on TV by accident.
Oh no: Dame Emma Thompson, 63, has revealed that she became ‘seriously ill’ both times she attended the Oscars, due to finding ‘the pressure and glare of it too much’ (Pictured in 1996)
Yikes: Speaking to Radio Times , she also opened up on the difficulties of fame, admitting she ‘developed a sort of allergy’ to being asked questions about herself (Pictured in 1992)
‘It’s astonishing – and then afterwards you want to lie down in a dark room. You think, ”Please don’t ask me any questions or make me talk about myself.”
‘I quickly developed a sort of allergy to that part of the job. I’m lucky – I think it must be awful if you’re James Bond.
Speaking to the publication, she said: ‘I had no ambition of wanting to be a movie star. It didn’t occur to me.
‘The first acting I did on telly was Tutti Frutti  with Robbie Coltrane. I got that by accident because they needed a woman who could do a Scottish accent and Robbie said, ‘Ask Thompson.’
In the same interview, Emma admitted that ‘romantic love’ is nothing but a myth, urging those who believe in ‘happy ever after’ to simply ‘forget it’.
The actress has been married to husband Greg Wise, 56, for nearly 20 years, and share daughter Gaia together.
Prior to that, she went through a very public divorce after her ex-husband Kenneth Branagh had an affair with Helena Bonham Carter in the 1990’s.
Emma – who stars in the recently released film What’s Love Got To Do With It? – revealed long-term relationships are hugely ‘complicated’ and difficult’.
Honest: In the same interview, Dame Emma admitted that ‘romantic love’ is nothing but a myth, urging those who believe in ‘happy ever after’ to simply ‘forget it’
Long-term: The actress has been married to husband Greg Wise, 56, for nearly 20 years, and share daughter Gaia together
She said: ‘It’s philosophically helpful and uplifting to remember that romantic love is a myth and quite dangerous. We really do have to take it with a massive pinch of salt.
‘To think sensibly about love and the way it can grow is essential. Long-term relationships are hugely difficult and complicated! If anyone thinks that happy ever after has a place in our lives, forget it!’
Most recently, Emma is starring in What’s Love Got To Do With It? is a romantic comedy-drama film directed by Shekhar Kapur, from a screenplay by Jemima Khan.
The film stars also include Lily James, Shazad, Shabana Azmi, Sajal Aly, Oliver Chris, Asim Chaudhry, Jeff Mirza, Alice Orr-Ewing, and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
Speaking about her character in the film, she also told Radio Times: ‘She’s so inappropriate!
‘She’s got absolute cloth ears. She’s the sort of person who’ll say, ‘The nice thing about a burka is it’s just wonderfully forgiving, isn’t it!’ And you just groan.
‘Cath represents all of us as we get older, because we’re always saying the wrong thing or doing the wrong thing.’
Emma recently hailed intimacy coordinators as ‘absolutely essential’ after fellow actor Sir Ian McKellen said they can ruin the ‘purity’ of theatre.
Cast: The film stars Lily James, Shazad, Shabana Azmi, Emma, Sajal Aly, Oliver Chris, Asim Chaudhry, Jeff Mirza, Alice Orr-Ewing, and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Back in the day: Sir Ian recently said that in the earlier stages of his career, matters requiring intimacy co-ordinators would have ‘taken care of themselves’ (pictured in October)
Sir Ian, 83, recently said that in the earlier stages of his career, matters requiring intimacy coordinators would have ‘taken care of themselves’.
Speaking to Andrew Marr on LBC on Thursday, Emma dismissed Sir Ian’s remarks, saying: ‘It’s all very well, if you’re a bloke it’s a different kind of thing.
‘I think if you’re a young woman on a set, which is largely peopled by men, the crew will be 90 per cent men and the women won’t be on the set with you, because generally speaking we do not have parity on any level on film sets, it’s all men.
‘And that’s a very uncomfortable position for a young woman who’s starting in the industry, but it is absolutely essential that there is someone there to protect them. Absolutely essential.
‘You cannot imagine what people went through in some of those big series when they first started the streaming series.
‘They were just told when they walked on set, now this is what we’ve got to do… And that’s absolutely outrageous. So, it’s all very well, if you’re a bloke it’s a different kind of thing.’
Dame Emma’s remarks came after Sir Ian told BBC Radio 4: ‘I can imagine there are situations when you have to be careful and people find it difficult to be intimate, and therefore a coordinator is just the thing.
‘But why can’t it be the director who does that? Why has it got to be somebody who’s been trained in how to do it?’
Plot: The new movie follows Nancy (Dame Emma), a widowed school teacher who hires a male escort (Daryl) for a date, hoping to experience an orgasm for the first time – with the two characters sharing very intimate moments throughout
Dame Emma previously expressed her admiration for intimacy coordinators after comments made by Sir Ian’s Lord Of The Rings co-star Sean Bean, who said that intimacy professionals could ‘spoil the spontaneity’ of sex scenes.
Other female members of the industry including Rachel Zegler also criticised Bean’s comments.
Dame Emma said: ‘It’s not to say that they’re going to be in there all the time arranging your boobs, it’s that they can be there in case you might feel that there’s a position that you’ve got into that you’re not quite comfortable with, you know, your bum hole’s waving in the air, and you just think I don’t feel quite comfortable…
‘I’ve worked with young actresses who’ve been truly traumatised by their experiences on set.
‘And so, my passion for intimacy coordinators and protection for young women particularly, and young men, I mean, it’s not necessarily an easy thing for any person.’
Gillian Anderson and Bridgerton star Rege-Jean Page have also previously praised intimacy co-ordinators for their work in on-screen productions.
It comes after Daryl McCormack revealed how he and co-star Dame Emma prepared for the racy sex scenes in their latest film, Good Luck To You Leo Grande.
Speaking to The Independent, Daryl, 30, said he and Dame Emma had the help of their director, Sophie Hyde.
He revealed they shared some intimate details about their bodies on paper in rehearsals, before slowing stripping off to ‘tell stories about their bodies’.
He said it was a ‘gentle, beautiful introduction for us to step into a place of vulnerability’.
‘The map of the body then led to us telling stories behind each thing. Then from there, the three of us all took a layer of clothing off, one by one, and told stories about our bodies,’ he said.
‘Before we knew it, the three of us were naked, and it felt like we never even took our clothes off in the beginning. There was a level of comfort I’ve never experienced before,’ he added.