Emma Thompson, Parade Magazine

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Oh, Emma Thompson, you're a hoot.

The 54-year-old actress poked fun at her prim and proper attire for her upcoming film with Tom Hanks, Saving Mr. Banks, which is based on Walt Disney's campaign to convince Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers (Thompson) to let him make a musical about her creation, during a recent interview with Parade magazine.

And along with voicing her dislike for her curled hairdo, Thompson even cracked that her character's wardrobe is the reason her sex life was anything but supercalifragilisticexpialidocious for a while.

Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks

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"It was a nightmare," she said of her perm for the film. "People would bleat in the streets as I went by. I didn't have sex for six months!"

(Guess her husband Greg Wise wasn't into the new 'do.)

Thompson also touched on working with Hanks, telling the mag, "…For a long time we'd looked for something to do together. [After reading the script] I rang Tom and said, ‘This is great, because it's not a romance. It's about a battle that they both win and lose. It's perfect.'"

Emma Thompson

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At a BAFTA event last month, Thompson admitted those working on the film "were all surprised that Disney had let us make it in the first place." The Mary Poppins author is often portrayed in a harsh light in Saving Mr. Banks, but as Thompson told Collider, it was interesting to play a character who isn't "so bloody polite, all the time…"

"I think, quite a lot of the time, we act in conflict with what we really feel," she explained. "In films, we often get to play people who are emotionally, or at least morally, consistent, in some way, and [Travers] wasn't consistent, in any way. You would not know what you would get, from one moment to the next."

"She went everywhere, so she was like going into a maze," said Thompson. "Around some corners, you'd find this terrible monster. And around other corners, you'd find a beaten child. She was the most extraordinary combination of things."

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