Emma Thompson says she started hating her body at 14 when discussing her experience filming a nude scene in her latest movie

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Emma Thompson at the 2022 Tribeca Festival.
Emma Thompson at the 2022 Tribeca Festival.Mark Sagliocco / Stringer / Getty Images
  • Emma Thompson was on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" in advance of her new movie premiering.

  • She discussed her thoughts on body image, saying she started hating her body when she was 14.

  • Thompson recently filmed a nude scene for the film "Good Luck to You, Leo Grande."

Emma Thompson said she started hating her body when she was just 14 years old during an appearance on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert."

Thompson, 62, appeared on the show on June 15 to promote her latest film "Good Luck to You, Leo Grande," which premiered on Hulu on June 17.

In the film, the Academy Award-winning actor plays a retired teacher who hires a male escort in an attempt to have an orgasm for the first time, as Insider's Libby Torres previously reported.

During the interview, Thompson discussed a nude scene filmed for the movie, telling Colbert she wasn't sure how she was going to be able to film it because of her own discomfort with her body.

Emma Thompson in 2021.
Emma Thompson in 2021.Joe Maher/Getty Images

"I certainly can't stand in front of a mirror without trying to improve the way I look," Thompson said.

Thompson told Colbert she believed her character finds herself able to look at herself with a "neutral gaze" over the course of the movie and that she looked to medieval images of Eve for inspiration for how to pose during the nude scene.

Colbert then asked Thompson if the experience changed how she felt about herself when she is naked.

"I think that I started hating my body when I was about 14, and I think those neural pathways are well kind of carved into my soul," she replied as Colbert chuckled.

"I know we laugh, but you think of all of those eight-year-olds out there going, 'I don't like my thighs,'" she went on to say.

"What would you want to say to that 14-year-old?" Colbert asked.

"Don't waste your time," Thompson said. "Don't waste your life's purpose worrying about your body."

"This is your vessel. It's your house. It's where you live," she went on to say, gesturing towards her body. "There's no point in judging it. Absolutely no point. But it's very hard to do."

The live studio audience cheered in response to Thompson's declaration.

Thompson is a British actor known for her roles in "Love Actually," the "Harry Potter" films, and "Nanny McPhee."

She won an Academy Award in 1993 for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in "Howards End," as well as an Oscar for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced for "Sense And Sensibility" in 1996.

Thompson received her Damehood in November 2018 for her services to drama.

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