Helena Bonham Carter: 'Shadows' role based on mum

Friday May 11, 2012

Helena Bonham Carter has revealed how her Dark Shadows character was partly inspired by her mother.

The two-time Oscar nominee plays kooky psychiatrist Dr Julia Hoffman in partner Tim Burton's big-screen adaptation of the cult 60s TV series, which also stars Johnny Depp, Eva Green and Michelle Pfeiffer.

"It's all a magpie, you tend to take from people. There's a bit of Bette Davis in there, a bit of Dorothea Parks, lots of people.

"My mum's a therapist - I didn't base it too much on her but she is a psychotherapist, so that was kind of useful," she said.

Helena, who based her Alice In Wonderland's Red Queen alter-ego on her four-year-old daughter, joked that her mum wouldn't find it an insult.

"I don't know, she hasn't seen it. My mum is deeply professional and Julia unfortunately transgresses certain professional boundaries. My mother wouldn't go there!" she added.

Dark Shadows marks the seventh collaboration between Helena and her real-life partner, Tim.

Photo: © Warner Bros

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