‘Love Actually’ Writer Reveals What Happened Between Emma and Alan’s Characters
It’s a question that has plagued Love Actually fans for 12 years — did Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman’s married characters stay together after he was caught having an affair with his secretary?
Emma Freud, a script editor for the film who’s also married to the Love Actually writer and director Richard Curtis, recently live-tweeted during a midnight screening of the holiday classic. And lucky for fans, she revealed what so many viewers have wondered over the years.
First, Freud confirmed that Rickman’s character Harry actually did have a full-on affair with his secretary (played by Heike Makatsch), although in the film, it’s never shown.
« Did anyone ask if Harry ACTUALLY had an affair or was just tempted to? » a Twitter user asks, to which Freud replies, « DEFINITELY had an affair. I begged Richard just to make it a flirtation, but no. The whole way. »