Dame Emma Thompson tells Women’s Hour she ‘deeply regrets the demise of the full bush’


Dame Emma Thompson says women have been ‘brainwashed’ into removing their public hair and laments the ‘demise of the full bush’ as she strips off for her first EVER film role at 63

  • Dame Emma Thompson, 63, spoke about pubic hair on Woman’s Hour 
  • Actress explores female pleasure in new movie Good Luck to You, Leo Grande  
  • Told Emma Barnett she regrets the fact that keeping public hair is not in fashion 

Dame Emma Thompson has said she thinks women have been ‘brainwashed’ into removing their pubic hair in a candid interview with Women’s Hour

The 63-year-old actress, who filmed her first ever full-frontal nude scene for her new film Good Luck to You, Leo Grande, to be released next week, told presenter Emma Barnett she laments the ‘demise of the full bush’. 

She admitted she isn’t ‘entirely comfortable’ with hair on her own body and shaves her own legs, and previously removed all of her pubic hair. 

Dame Emma Thompson, who filmed her first ever full-frontal nude scene for her new film Good Luck to You, Leo Grande (pictured), to be released next week, told presenter Emma Barnett she laments the 'demise of the full bush'

Dame Emma Thompson, who filmed her first ever full-frontal nude scene for her new film Good Luck to You, Leo Grande (pictured), to be released next week, told presenter Emma Barnett she laments the ‘demise of the full bush’ 

Dame Emma admitted she isn't 'entirely comfortable' with hair on her own body and shaves her own legs, and previously removed all of her pubic hair

Dame Emma admitted she isn’t ‘entirely comfortable’ with hair on her own body and shaves her own legs, and previously removed all of her pubic hair 

‘I deeply regret the demise of the full bush. I think it’s a great shame, it’s just sad, isn’t it,’ she said. 

She said it regarded all pubic hair, not just women’s, saying: ‘and men too, I mean, can you imagine the pain?’

The actress admitted she got rid of all her pubic hair once in the past.  

‘I did once do the full thing, years ago, but really, I regret it, because it didn’t quite grow back to my liking but that’s also getting old,’ she said. 

‘The whole thing of “we have to get rid of all our hair” is odd, isn’t it? And probably not very healthy. 

‘I haven’t shaved down my arms for a very long time, but I do still shave my legs. I’ve just got into that habit and when they grow back in, my hair, I’m not entirely comfortable, and that’s brainwashing a well.’

The actress was speaking of her new movie, in which she plays a 55-year-old woman who’s never had an orgasm and who hires a sex worker to remedy her situation. 

The actress said women have been brainwashed into shaving all their hair, and said she resents the fact her 'comfort' in her own body was taken away from her at a young age

The actress said women have been brainwashed into shaving all their hair, and said she resents the fact her ‘comfort’ in her own body was taken away from her at a young age 

She also said that the fact there are still women who have lived their lives without experiences an orgasm was ‘a tragedy and a great loss to us all and the cause of huge difficulties and problems and at the root of a great deal of violence, too.’

‘I was asked recently whether it was a generational thing,’ she told Emma Barnett. 

‘My grandmother felt sorry for me, because they had to have sex, they had to do it and it was a sad thing. 

‘She told me when she was 88, she clearly had never ever had any sexual pleasure of any kind. That she had endured it,’ the actress went on. 

The actress, who stars opposite Daryl McCormac in the movie, said women have been dissatisfied with their sex lives throughout the generations

The actress, who stars opposite Daryl McCormac in the movie, said women have been dissatisfied with their sex lives throughout the generations

‘My mum, who was Presbyterian, only had my father as a partner, I think they had a better time, because it was slightly more acceptable and also, they worked in the theater, it was a little bit freer and more bohemian,’ she admitted. 

‘Sexual pleasure was not necessarily discussed, but more diverse forms of sexuality were a bit more on display.’

Dame Emma noted there was a shift in attitudes towards sex during her generation.  

‘My generation was bullied; if you weren’t permanently in a state of ecstasy, there was something wrong with you.

‘The orgasm was always on the front cover of every Cosmo and I thought “why is this so important?”‘  

And the actress went on to say her daughter’s generation also has a different way of going about sex. 

Dame Emma said even friends of her 22-year-old daughter Gaia Romilly Wise, pictured with her in 2019, have admitted they don't have fulfilling sex lives

Dame Emma said even friends of her 22-year-old daughter Gaia Romilly Wise, pictured with her in 2019, have admitted they don’t have fulfilling sex lives 

The actress’s daughter, Gaia Romilly Wise, 22, is also an actress and has starred in Silent Witness. 

‘And then my daughter’s generation, some of them have a good deal of leeway and elbow room and discussion about it, but not all of them,’ Emma said. 

‘And I’ve also had discussions with young friends of my daughter in their 20s that have revealed that in their groups, there are lots of women who haven’t had orgasms, haven’t experienced pleasure, feel like they have to perform their pleasure, feel like they can’t be honest about whether they’ve actually enjoyed themselves or not. 

‘Or who think that somehow blokes have to be taken care of in some way, you can’t offend the chap by suggesting what he’s doing isn’t much fun.’

The actress said it was a shame that women were left sexually unsatisfied, when we are ‘obsessed with different forms,’ and take the pleasure of ‘eating and drinking’ to ‘the most insane extremes.’ 

She added that being sexually dissatisfied is ‘ a waste of our passion, energy, time and money and purpose in life.’

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