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Marvel’s Hayley Atwell Reveals the Two Big Hollywood Stars She Trusts With Her ‘Doubts and Worries’

Hayley Atwell has named two Hollywood stars she considers ‘strong mentors and friends’ (Getty)

They say you don’t have any friends in showbusiness, but Hayley Atwell can count at least two – Dame Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci.

The Agent Carter actress, 40, starred with Dame Emma, ​​63, in Brideshead Revisited in 2008 and Tucci, 61, in Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011 and says they stay ” strong mentors and friends”.

On Brideshead Revisited, Dame Emma even put her own job on the line when she defended Atwell against a body-shaming producer who suggested she lose weight.

It has since been reported that the person in question was disgraced movie director Harvey Weinstein.

Opening up about his special relationship, Atwell told The Standard: “Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci remain strong mentors and friends to me. I entrust them with my doubts and worries.

Hayley Atwell's relationship with Dame Emma Thompson dates back to their collaboration in 2008 (AFP via Getty Images)

Hayley Atwell’s relationship with Dame Emma Thompson dates back to their collaboration in 2008 (AFP via Getty Images)

“I would say their intelligence, humor and generosity have a lifelong impact on my vision for the business and how I can bravely and simply navigate it.”

Her remarks came as she was tasked with joining a panel with Joe Cole, Jason Flemyng and other industry experts to select the EE Rising Star Award shortlist for the 2023 EE Bafta Film Awards.

Now in its 18th year, it celebrates new and promising talent in the film industry and is the only Bafta Film Awards category to be voted for by the UK public.

Past winners include James McAvoy, Eva Green, Juno Temple, Tom Hardy, Kristen Stewart, Jack O’Connell, Will Poulter, John Boyega, Tom Holland, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Micheal Ward, Bukky Bakray and winner of the last year Lashana Lynch.

Atwell said she felt both “honored and thrilled” to be involved, adding, “Supporting growing talent seems like a helpful way to give back.”

Hayley Atwell also praised Stanley Tucci (AFP via Getty Images)

Hayley Atwell also praised Stanley Tucci (AFP via Getty Images)

When asked what she would look for in potential nominees, she replied, “Distinctive creative choices that show potential to contribute significantly to the health of our industry and its evolution.”

It’s been a tough two years for the film industry following the global Covid-19 pandemic, but Atwell feels things are looking up.

“It really feels like the film industry is getting better and better,” she explained.

“It’s a resilient industry because it’s focused on storytelling and innovative ways to connect with our society. Cinema will not only survive, it will thrive. I firmly believe that.

The EE Rising Star Award shortlist will be announced in January, after which the public can have their say by voting online at ee.co.uk/Bafta.

The winner will be announced at the ceremony on February 19 at the Royal Festival Hall in the Southbank Centre.

For more information visit: ee.co.uk/Bafta #EERisingStar.