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LATE NIGHT

In the male-driven world of late-night TV, a razor-sharp host (Emma Thompson) hires a bushy-tailed writer (Mindy Kaling) to add some color, literally and figuratively, as the two women topple the patriarchy with formidable one-liners. (June 7)

Q + A

EMMA THOMPSON

The actress, 60, converses with EW’s Piya Sinha-Roy about sitting in the hot seat

What was it like to take on a role that Mindy Kaling says she wrote specifically for you?

Well, I was astonished, actually. I just don’t understand how I could possibly be relevant to her, but I was incredibly surprised.... It was one of the best scripts I had read in years, and not just because of my character, but because every character was so well-written and the story was so good.

How much did you know about the world of late-night TV?

I had done lots of talk shows as a guest, but actually that’s fantastic because you’re backstage so you get a sense of, [say], David Letterman, and how tight a ship it was, that he was scary, that his staff were quite scared of him, that he had extremely high standards, which was something I drew on because this film’s science fiction. There

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