Emma Thompson says Donald Trump asked her out once: 'I didn't know what to do with myself'


Emma Thompson could have been the first lady... or Donald Trump could have never been president.

During a recent appearance on a Swedish television show, the 57-year-old actress revealed that she was asked out by the media mogul-turned-president in 1997, just after her divorce from Kenneth Branagh, and before he met his current wife, Melania.

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"I'll tell you the story. It's very funny," Thompson shared. "I was doing a film called Primary Colors with John Travolta in Hollywood and I was in my trailer, and it was on the Universal lot and I had just been divorced and my decree absolute had just come through, like, the day before, which was no big deal."

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BURBANK, CA - DECEMBER 09: Actress Emma Thompson attends the U.S. premiere of Disney's 'Saving Mr. Banks', the untold backstory of how the classic film 'Mary Poppins' made it to the screen, at the Walt Disney Studios on December 9, 2013 in Burbank, California. The film opens this Holiday season. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Emma Thompson, winner of the Richard Harris Award poses at an after party for the Moet British Independent Film Awards 2014 at Old Billingsgate Market on December 7, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images for The Moet British Independent Film Awards)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Keira Knightley (L) and Emma Thompson attend an after party celebrating The Moet British Independent Film Awards 2014 at Old Billingsgate Market on December 7, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for The Moet British Independent Film Awards)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Emma Thompson speaks onstage at the 3rd annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala benefiting J/P HRO presented by Giorgio Armani at Montage Beverly Hills on January 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for J/P Haitian Relief Organization)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Emma Thompson attends the launch of The Estee Lauder Companies' UK Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) Campaign 2014 'Hear Our Stories. Share Yours' at Kensington Palace on October 6, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Estee Lauder)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11: Actress Phyllida Law wears her Officer of the Order of the British Empire) award, with daughters Sophie Thompson and Emma Thompson (R) after the Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on November 11, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by John Stillwell-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: Actress Emma Thompson attends the 2014 The New York Philharmonic Spring Gala featuring 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street' at Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center on March 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 02: Actress Emma Thompson signs copies of 'The Spectacular Tale Of Peter Rabbit'at Barnes & Noble Tribeca on October 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Emma Thompson attends a photocall for BAFTA's Screenwriter Lecture series at BFI Southbank on September 20, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: Actors Emma Thompson (L) and Bryn Terfel perform at the 2014 The New York Philharmonic Spring Gala featuring 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street' at Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center on March 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Emma Thompson attends the UK premiere of 'Walking On Sunshine' at The Vue West End on June 11, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
British actress Emma Thompson (L) with daughter Gaia Wise (R) arriving on the red carpet for the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London on February 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW COWIE (Photo credit should read ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Emma Thompson poses in the winners room at the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 at The Royal Opera House on February 16, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Actress Emma Thompson speaks as The New York Times and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences host a conversation with Emma Thompson, star of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures' 'Saving Mr. Banks' moderated by Janet Maslin on November 15, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Walt Disney Studios)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Actress Emma Thompson attends the Closing Night Gala European Premiere of 'Saving Mr Banks' during the 57th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square on October 20, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for BFI)
LTORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 12: Actors Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan of 'Love Punch' poses at the Guess Portrait Studio during 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
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"So the phone rings in my trailer, which it has never done before. I look at it and it's, like, weird. It's like a moose has just entered my trailer," she explained. "Anyway, so I lift up the phone. 'Hi, it's Donald Trump here.' I said 'Really? Can I help you?' And he said 'Yeah, I just, you know, I wondered if I could offer you some accommodation in one of my Trump Towers. They're really comfortable.'"

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"And I said, 'Why are you offering me somewhere to stay in my trailer in... What?' 'Well, you know, I think we would get on very well. Maybe we could have dinner sometime,'" she recalled Trump saying. "I didn't know what to do with myself. I was absolutely... I was on my own, and I just said, 'OK, well I'll get back to you! Thank you so much for ringing.'"

Thompson confessed she had never spoken to Trump before the call, or met him since, but "wished" she had taken him up on his offer.

"Think of the stories!" she laughed.

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