President Donald Trump once asked Academy Award winner Emma Thompson out for a date! Yes, that Emma Thompson, one of Britain's most accomplished actresses and an outspoken advocate for human rights, the environment, and refugees. It seems strange, especially in regard to their political outlooks, but then again sometimes opposites do attract.
Not in this case. She did not outright reject him, only tiptoed around and gave him a, "maybe."
Thompson recalls how this came about in a recent appearance at The Graham Norton Show, wherein the actress mused about what could have been. The other guests of the show: Cara Delevingne, Claire Foy, and Adam Sandler, were shocked at the revelation. Delevingne even went on to say, "You could have been First Lady!" Without missing a beat Thompson replied, "I could have had changed the course of history."
She then went on to explain that it happened when she was filming the 1997 political roman à clef, Primary Colors, which incidentally was based on the 1992 Clinton Presidential campaign. Here's another interesting thing: Emma Thompson was playing the Hillary Clinton-like character Susan Stanton!
Thompson then talked about how Trump called her out of the blue, "I was in my little trailer... and it had a phone, no one had ever rung it nor had I ever used it. I had assumed it didn't work." she recalled. ""It rang one day and I picked it up - and it was Donald Trump...Donald Trump was on the other end going, 'Hi, it's Donald Trump here'."
Thompson at that point couldn't believe it and actually swore at the billionaire and future President. "And I thought someone was having a laugh so I said, 'Oh f***k off!'" and continued, "He said, 'No I'm ringing to ask you if you would like to come and stay in one of my lovely apartments and maybe we can have dinner.'" But the perplexed actress couldn't wrap her head around it. "I didn't know what to stay, I was just absolutely astounded, how did he get my number? A number I didn't have in the trailer. I just said I'd get back to him."
That was the end of it. Thompson did admit that she sort of regretted not going on a date with the real-estate mogul. "In so many ways I wish I had because if I had gone out with him for dinner, I could have done that." and then proceeded to rustle fellow guest Adam Sandler's hair. "And then we all would have known, and maybe then he wouldn't have been President."
Well, come to think of it, if Emma Thompson had become his wife knowing how outspoken and strong willed she is, she probably could have had influenced him to her way of thinking. Plus, wouldn't it be amazing to have her as First Lady?