How Emma Thompson Responded To Donald Trump Asking Her Out

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They're an unlikely pair to put together, right? And, as you may have guessed, Emma Thompson thought so too, when the now-President of the United States asked her out all the way back in the 1990's.

In a hilarious anecdote told on a Swedish television show, the Love Actually star has revealed how she might once have been on course to become the new First Lady, when Trump called her up and asked if she would like to stay in one of his Trump Towers.

Back in 1997, Thompson had just divorced from her former husband Kenneth Branagh, was starring in Alan Rickman's directorial debut The Winter Guest, and was in the middle of filming the 1998 film Primary Colours alongside John Travolta.

And what was Trump up to at the time? He'd just separated (literally, in 1997) from the actress Marla Maples, with whom he had daughter Tiffany. At the time, he was also in the midst of building up the Trump Entertainment Resorts, with venues such as Trump Castle, and was a long way off from his presidential run.

So how did the unlikely pair come together? Were they friends? Well, no. Emma explained that the President actually gave her a call - even though they'd never even met before.

Thompson sarcastically explains, "I was in my trailer, and it was on the Universal lot and I had just been divorced and my decree absolute had just come through, like, the day before, which was no big deal."

(Emma Thompson and Donald Trump back in 1997)

She said, "So the phone rings in my trailer, which it has never done before. I look at it and it's, like, weird. It's like a moose has just entered my trailer.

"Anyway, so I lift up the phone. ‘Hi, it's Donald Trump here.'"

"I said, ‘Really? Can I help you?' And he said, ‘Yeah, I just, you know, I wondered if I could offer you some accommodation in one of my Trump Towers. They're really comfortable.'"

"I said, ‘Why are you offering me somewhere to stay in my trailer... What?'"

And that's not all. Trump continued to explain that he'd like to take her out, if she did take him up on his offer.

Emma explained what he said next - "‘Well, you know, I think we would get on very well. Maybe we could have dinner sometime.'"

Sound weird to you? It was pretty strange for Emma too. She said, "I didn't know what to do with myself. I was absolutely... I was on my own, and I just said, ‘OK, well I'll get back to you! Thank you so much for ringing.'"

And we all know the rest of the story. Unsurprisingly, Emma didn't take Trump up on his offer, and he went on to marry current wife Melania in 2005, whilst Emma later married British actor and producer Greg Wise, in 2003.

But that doesn't mean Emma has no regrets. She jokily revealed on the TV show that perhaps she should have heard him out, saying "Think of the stories!"

The things she might have seen...

Amy Hunt
Amy Hunt

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