"They are very much in love, and that is obvious if you only spend a few minutes in their company. Without wishing to sound negative, they are the sort of couple who are so in love that the children are secondary to the parents’ love story. She is very unguarded and genuine, and, in a way, really an innocent, and he just sits there looking at her adoringly and saying not an awful lot. They need each other very much.” 

- A friend of Tim Burton & Helena Bonham Carter

A marital skit of how I got into Dark Shadows by Helena Bonham Carter from Harper’s Bazaar magazine interview

December 2010:
Location: our bathroom while giving the kids a bath
Tim Burton: I think we should take a break and not work together on this film.
Me (Helena Bonham Carter): Whatever you feel is right for the project. I get it. By this point I hadn’t read the script of seen any of the original TV series so I presumed there were no good parts for women anyway
Three weeks later:
Location: our kitchen
Tim: Um, would you mind reading it?
Me: Of course! I’d love to know what you’re working on even if I’m not going to be in it. I read it and discover it’s riddled with fantastic women’s parts. I pictured myself particularly in the lead as the sexy, vampy, hilarious witch Angelique
Location: my house
Tim (very serious tone): I need to talk to you.
Me: Of course
Tim (almost funereal tone): Theres something I need to say.
Me (thinks): OMG, he’s going to propose or he’s leaving me.
Tim: This is very hard for me because I’m changing my mind but, I would like you to consider being in Dark Shadows. There’s a part I think you are so right for.
Me: Oh baby! Angelique right?
Tim: No! No way! Dr.Hoffman.
This sends echoes down the corridors of my memory to our very first conversation ever, over the phone, when I was in Australia on a night shoot and he was in LA in 2000 and his opening line to me was, ‘Don’t take this the wrong way but you are the person I thought of to play the lead chimpanzee.’ So in 10 years I’ve graduated from chimp to alcoholic phychiatrist.

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Helena Bonham Carter admits that when partner Tim Burton confessed he had never seen her early movies, she made him sit through her old period pictures. When the director finally emerged from the movie marathon, she said:
“He said, ’I can’t believe it. I must be in love.’

"They are very much in love, and that is obvious if you only spend a few minutes in their company. Without wishing to sound negative, they are the sort of couple who are so in love that the children are secondary to the parents’ love story. She is very unguarded and genuine, and, in a way, really an innocent, and he just sits there looking at her adoringly and saying not an awful lot. They need each other very much.”
- A friend of Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter

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Was at the Royal Albert Hall. Just came back. Helena sang live on stage for the first time ever and she sang Sally’s song from Nightmare before Christmas.

Standing ovations followed. She was perfect, it was unexpected. And I’m so done with this world now.

And so many Tilena feels.

Helena with Burton make up on a stage in London freaking singing a song from a Burton movie from before Tilena time. … this just …

The last pic is actually mine. Lol. Crap but still.

Tim Burton & Helena Bonham Carter

It is a testimony to the strength of the couple’s relationship that they have worked on seven films and come out smiling - just. “We’ve survived,” says Burton. “But it hasn’t always been easy. Sweeney Todd was the worst; definitely, the worst. But then I found out she was pregnant with Nell and it kind of all made sense. Alice in Wonderland was fine. Alice was good, actually. I had a Nerf gun that I’d shoot her with every so often to get my tension out”. "Tim’s very funny and quick to play, smiles Bonham Carter.

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