Love Actually

Emma’s role: Karen
Directed by: Richard Curtis
Screenplay by: Richard Curtis
Genre: Romantic comedy
Release date: US – 14 November 2003, UK – 21 November 2003

Other cast:
Alan Rickman – Harry
Hugh Grant - David
Keira Knightley – Juliet
Colin Firth – Jamie
Liam Neeson – Daniel
Laura Linney – Sarah
Rodrigo Santoro – Karl
Bill Nighy – Billy Mack
Billy Bob Thornton – President of the United States
January Jones – Jeannie
Elisha Cuthbert – Carol-Anne

Set almost entirely in London, England during five frantic weeks before Christmas follows a web-like pattern of inter-related, loosely related and unrelated stories of a dozen or more various individuals with their love lives, or lack of them. The central character is the new bachelor prime minister David who cannot express his growing feelings for his new personal assistant Natalie. The prime minister’s older sister Karen slowly grows aware of her husband Harry’s flirtation with an office worker named Mia. Karen’s friend Daniel is a recently widowed writer whose 11-year-old son asks for love advice about a girl he has a crush on. Meanwhile, Jamie is another writer who leaves his girlfriend after catching her cheating on him and travels to France to write a novel where he pursues a possible romance with his non-English speaking Portuguese maid Aurelia. Also, Harry’s American secretary Sarah questions a romance she pursues with the office hunk Karl, but her personal family problems get in the way. Other secondary characters involve a photographer who pursues his best friend’s new wife Juliet; a pair of movie stand-ins, named John and Judy, who grow closer after their simulated love scenes; a libidinous chum who wants to travel to Wisconsin, USA to score with women; and a burned-out former rock star named Billy Mack who is the main connection between all stories involved.

According to Richard Curtis in the DVD commentary, they had to put Emma Thompson in a “fat suit” to make her appear heavier because she is actually a very thin woman.
The dolls that Emma Thompson holds up are Ken dolls dressed in drag. Richard Curtis just asked the prop people to take Ken and put him in dresses. Emma Thompson had such a difficult time with the scene, saying she just could not lift the dolls knowing that they were Ken in drag, but in the end she gave in and shot the scene.