Two royals (Kate Middleton and Prince William) and two Emmas (Emma Stone and Emma Thompson) sat down recently to chat about fashion, tubing, and motorcycle safety.
To thank the NHS for their hard work during the pandemic, Prince William and Kate Middleton arranged a special drive-in screening of Disney’s Cruella days before the movie premiered in the U.K. And from their current tour of Scotland, they sat down (virtually) with the film’s stars to chat a bit about it.
Thompson started off the call with a “Nice to see you, darling,” directed at Will; the Daily Mail reports that she’s a longtime friend of his dad, Prince Charles, and has known the future king since he was young.
Later, Stone referenced a scene in the movie, which is set in London, in which her character, a young Cruella de Vil, drives a motorcycle right by royal residence Buckingham Palace. “We should have had you stopped, Emma, it’s very dangerous,” Prince William admonished her. Indeed, it doesn’t look like young Cru even wore a helmet during her mad dash. It wouldn’t have gone with her outfit!
Fashion is at the center of the twisted origin story, and Thompson was sure to praise the film’s Oscar-winning costume designer. She joked that when she saw the movie, Kate would want Stone’s wardrobe but wouldn’t be able to wear any of it. That said, everything retro is in again, and Thompson remarked, “I kept looking at all the frocks and thinking, I think that’s mine. I’m sure I’ve worn that…. You won’t remember because you’re all too young.”
For a different scene, the cast was supposed to film out by Covent Garden, but ran into a snag when there were protesters in the area, and their cars couldn’t get through. Ever the U.K. girl, Thompson decided to take the Tube, London’s subway system. Wearing “huge eyelashes” that made her look “like a llama,” E! reports, Thompson thought to herself, “It’s going to be fine. It’s only Sunday morning, nine o’clock Sunday morning, there won’t be anyone,” but was totally wrong: “It was rammed.”
Thankfully, no one recognized her beneath the getup. “No one took the slightest bit of notice. They all clearly thought I was a drag act on the way home,” she told the royals.
“I was like completely loaded into the car and was like, ‘I’m not going on the Tube. Emma’s going on the Tube. I’m not doing it. I’m sitting here for an hour,’” Emma Stone recalled. Well, at least that’s a bit relatable to Kate and Will! They don’t take the Tube ever, now do they?