Emma Thompson and the Challenge of Baring All Onscreen at 63

The actress made the choice to disrobe. Still, she says,

it was the most difficult thing she’s ever done in her four-decade career.

It’s the shock of white hair you notice first on Emma Thompson,

a hue far more chic than anything your average 63-year-old would

dare choose but one that doesn’t ignore her age either.

It’s accompanied by that big, wide smile and that knowing look,

suggesting both a wry wit and a willingness to banter.

And yet, Thompson begins our video call by MacGyvering her computer monitor

with a piece of paper and some tape so she can’t see herself.