Helena Bonham Carter says to appear in Alice In Wonderland by ex Tim Burton ‘better than a proposal’

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Helena Bonham Carter has admitted that appearing in the 2010 film Alice In Wonderland of her ex Tim Burton was “ better than a marriage proposal. ”

The actress, 54, and director, 62, announced they were breaking up in 2014 after living in two adjacent London houses during their romance.

Looking back at their relationship in an open letter for the May issue of Harper’s Bazaar UKHelena spoke about her love for Alice In Wonderland and author Lewis Carroll.

Role of a Lifetime: Helena Bonham Carter has admitted that appearing in her ex Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland movies was 'better than a marriage proposal' (depicted as Red Queen)

Role of a Lifetime: Helena Bonham Carter has admitted that appearing in her ex Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland movies was ‘better than a marriage proposal’ (depicted as Red Queen)

Helena admitted that she thought her ex Tim would propose in 2008 after he held a meeting so he could ask her something “ very important. ”

The actress said that the director asked instead if she could play the Red Queen in his adaptation of Alice In Wonderland, to which she joked, “Frankly, this was better than a marriage proposal.”

In the 2010 film, which grossed over $ 1 billion at the worldwide box office, Mia Wasikowska also played Alice, Johnny Depp as Mad Hatter, Anne Hathaway as White Queen, the late Alan Rickman as Caterpillar and Stephen Fry as Cheshire Cat.

Helena reprized the role again in 2016 for the sequel Alice Through The Looking Glass.

The actress wrote in her candid open letter: ‘In 2008 my ex Tim Burton asked me to a meeting at his office. This was unusual because at the time I was sharing a house with him and our two young children on the other side of the road.

Split: The actress, 54, and director, 62, announced they were breaking up in 2014 after living in two adjacent London houses during their romance (pictured together in 2013)

Split: The actress, 54, and director, 62, announced they were breaking up in 2014 after living in two adjacent London houses during their romance (pictured together in 2013)

Split: The actress, 54, and director, 62, announced they were breaking up in 2014 after living in two adjacent London houses during their romance (pictured together in 2013)

What was so important he couldn’t ask me about Cheerios? Seated at his desk, he announced quite formally, “I have something very important to ask you.” At that point I thought he was going to propose to me. ‘

She continued, “I wonder if you would consider playing the Red Queen in my Alice in Wonderland movie?” and before I could answer, he passed me a sketch.

“Look, it must be you, because I signed you without intending to.” It was a sketch of an all-too-big-headed, frowning queen. Frankly, this was better than a marriage proposal. ‘

Helena and Tim announced their split in 2014, they share two children Billy, 17, and Nell, 13.

Reflective: Helena spoke about their relationship in an open letter for the May issue of Harper's Bazaar UK and spoke about her love for Alice In Wonderland and author Lewis Carroll (depicted as Red Queen in 2010 film still)

Reflective: Helena spoke about their relationship in an open letter for the May issue of Harper's Bazaar UK and spoke about her love for Alice In Wonderland and author Lewis Carroll (depicted as Red Queen in 2010 film still)

Reflective: Helena spoke about their relationship in an open letter for the May issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK and spoke about her love for Alice In Wonderland and author Lewis Carroll (depicted as Red Queen in 2010 film still)

Discussing her love for Lewis Carroll further in her open letter, the actress admitted that her home and children have also been “ affected by Alice mania. ”

Helena continued: ‘My house is an example of inverted living, and a labyrinth with many doors. There are so many doors … not many visitors leave without help.

And I have dressed up in Wonderland guises over and over again. (Usually like the Mad Hatter.) I have more top hats than necessary, cardigans, skirts, blue and white striped stockings, rabbit ears … and this is not a complete inventory. ‘

She added, ‘My kids have contracted Alice mania too. Before she was old enough to have an opinion, I bundled my daughter in Alice aprons.

Funny: Helena admitted she thought her ex Tim would propose in 2008 after he held a meeting so he could ask her something 'very important' (pictured in 2005)

Funny: Helena admitted she thought her ex Tim would propose in 2008 after he held a meeting so he could ask her something 'very important' (pictured in 2005)

Funny: Helena admitted she thought her ex Tim would propose in 2008 after he held a meeting so he could ask her something ‘very important’ (pictured in 2005)

“And photographed her at the bottom of the long avenue that leads from the busy street to the silence of our house – an avenue that, when I first encountered it, I recognized as a Wonderland rabbit hole.”

Helena joked that her daughter has “soaked up the Carroll culture and sometimes speaks with a Wonderland lexicon.”

She continued, ‘I even put her (sort of – no real cruelty involved) in a dollhouse.

No wonder she seems to have soaked up Carroll culture and sometimes speaks with a Wonderland lexicon, ‘Mommy, I’m confused today. ‘

Better than marriage! The actress said that the director asked instead if she could play the Red Queen in his adaptation of Alice In Wonderland, to which she joked, “Frankly, this was better than a marriage proposal.” (still depicted in film)

Now, as I watch her sprout vertical inches on a daily basis, I feel like she looks like Alice herself and is outgrowing her girls’ bedroom. I expect to see her foot sticking out of her landing window one day. ‘

During the open letter, Helena talked about when she first developed her love for Alice and even dressed up as the character during her childhood at Westminster School.

She said, ‘When I was about 14, I discovered that the real Alice, Carroll’s inspiration for the books, didn’t really have blue eyes or blonde hair, but brown eyes and brown hair like me.

So when I went to Westminster School at the age of 16, I dressed the way I thought it was Alice Liddell, not quite successful.

Candid: It comes after Helena gave a rare insight into her divorce from ex Tim six years after they announced they were going their separate ways, she also opened up about how she met her current partner, Rye Dag Holmboe, 32 (pictured in 2019)

Candid: It comes after Helena gave a rare insight into her divorce from ex Tim six years after they announced they were going their separate ways, she also opened up about how she met her current partner, Rye Dag Holmboe, 32 (pictured in 2019)

Candid: It comes after Helena gave a rare insight into her divorce from ex Tim six years after they announced they were going their separate ways, she also opened up about how she met her current partner, Rye Dag Holmboe, 32 (pictured in 2019)

Louis Theroux recently told me my look was more of a milkmaid, and even the formidable deputy director stopped me in the middle of Dean’s Yard, shouting, “BONHAM CARTER ?! Where are you coming as ????” ‘

It comes after Helena gave up a rare insight into her divorce from ex Tim six years after they announced they were going their separate ways.

The Crown actress hinted while ‘reluctant’ to end their relationship, adding: ‘Some parts of divorce are recommended’

Read more: The May issue of Harper's Bazaar will be on sale April 7, 2021 (cover courtesy of Harper's Bazaar UK / Betina Du Toit)

Read more: The May issue of Harper's Bazaar will be on sale April 7, 2021 (cover courtesy of Harper's Bazaar UK / Betina Du Toit)

Read more: The May issue of Harper’s Bazaar will be on sale April 7, 2021 (cover courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar UK / Betina Du Toit)

During the Guardian interview in November, Helena also shared how she met her current partner, Rye Dag Holmboe, 32, at a wedding two years ago.

The movie star admitted it took her family a while to ‘adjust’ and said things were ‘really going really well now’ after initially struggling with not having her two children, Billy and Nell, all the time .

Helena related her experience: “The cruelty of divorce is extraordinary. But then you get to a point where you think, “Oh, I’m getting this week off!” Some parts are highly recommended. ‘

Helena also revealed that she believes the creator of The Crown, Peter Morgan, had asked her to play Princess Margaret because she could relate to her very public breakup.

While Helena insisted that she couldn’t reveal why she and Tim went their separate ways, she did say, “I didn’t leave, say so.”

Sweet: In a conversation with Harper's Bazaar UK, the thespian shared: 'You break up, you mourn, you get bored of mourning.  And then you finally move on.  I am very happy with someone else.  It's been a little unexpected magic in my life.  (pictured with Rye in March)

Sweet: In a conversation with Harper's Bazaar UK, the thespian shared: 'You break up, you mourn, you get bored of mourning.  And then you finally move on.  I am very happy with someone else.  It's been a little unexpected magic in my life.  (pictured with Rye in March)

Sweet: In a conversation with Harper’s Bazaar UK, the thespian shared: ‘You break up, you mourn, you get bored of mourning. And then you finally move on. I am very happy with someone else. It’s been a little unexpected magic in my life. (pictured with Rye in March)

Since the split, Helena has been dating ‘magical’ boyfriend Rye.

She explained how they met and said, “A totally random thing, which we both almost didn’t go to, so it was one of those moments that was so coincidental and ultimately so much determining. A very happy accident, and it’s amazing. ‘

The Cinderella star had a famously unconventional 13-year relationship with director Tim.

When he finally moved on, the Enid star – who previously dated Irish actor Kenneth Branagh between 1994 and 1999 – admitted that she had grown tired of ‘mourning’ their relationship and is now living a ‘happy’ life with her new one. boyfriend.

In a conversation with Harper’s Bazaar UK, the thespian shared: ‘You break up, you mourn, you get bored of mourning. And then you finally move on.

‘I am very happy with someone else. It’s been a little unexpected magic in my life. ‘

The May issue of Harper’s Bazaar will be on sale from April 7, 2021.