Helena Bonham Carter: My Toddler Is A Tyrant

Helena Bonham Carter: My Toddler Is A Tyrant

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.”

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  1. Mel

    Loving Nell’s little rings around her chubby legs….so cute.

  2. Anonymous

    The child will get away with what she’s allowed to and she will also mimic adult behavior…

  3. Gigohead

    WOW! what a big baby! Is it cause Helena is a small woman that that baby looks like a gigantic doll. Terrible twos happen to most all children. No matter how you raise them. It’s just a phase most, if not all parents go through.

  4. Sophia

    I love Helena but she’s not the most eloquent of creatures. I get what she’s trying to say though. Nell’s got a bad case of the terrible twos ;)

  5. Anonymous

    What in the world is the kid wearing? I’m all for Helena’s questionable wardrobe, but is the baby wearing makeup??


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