August 6, 2010 / 9:13 PM / 9 years ago

Emma Thompson admits to depression; taking sabbatical

Cast member Emma Thompson jokes as she poses during a photocall for the premiere of the film "Last chance for love" in Paris February 26, 2009. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Oscar-winning actress and screenwriter Emma Thompson has a confession to make: She has weaknesses too.

“I find the job I do emotionally very demanding,” the British actress told THR, referring to her job as an entertainer.

“I suffer from occasional mild depression, which I think is a very common thing — it’s fantastically common in my country and probably in yours, too — and it’s a very much hidden thing people don’t talk about. I think it should be discussed.”

Thompson, who received a star on the Walk of Fame on Friday, revealed that she would be taking some time off after steadily working for years.

Fellow actors Hugh Laurie and Maggie Gyllenhaal were present at the ceremony.

“Next year, I’m going to take a sabbatical,” Thompson revealed.

She later added: “I’m not going to fundraise or perform or travel, except in pursuit of new vistas with my family. I’ve been meaning to do this for a long, long time, but it’s been like putting the brakes on a large ship because there is so much going on.”

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