Mom-of-two Helena Bonham Carter says she didn’t have to look far for inspiration for her tyrannical Red Queen character in the new movie Alice in Wonderland: She found it in her 2-year-old daughter Nell.
“I thought well she’s a toddler, because she’s got the big head, she’s a tyrant – a toddler tyrant, toddlers are tyrants,” the 43-year-old actress explains. “The no sympathy for any other living creature – that’s our toddler in fact. No empathy, just commands. She just bosses us around – dictatorship. No please, no thank you. ‘Mummy come here’ ‘Mummy go’ ‘Mummy! Watch telly.’”
Helena, who also has 6-year-old son Billy with her husband, the film’s director Tim Burton, continues, “An another toddler quality – it’s all about me, it’s all about her, never considers us, ask, ask, ask. So the toddler thing was a big inspiration.”