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In the wake of President Donald Trump's surreal interview published by TIME Magazine on March 23 — which concludes with, "Hey look, in the mean time, I guess, I can't be doing so badly, because I'm president, and you're not" — there's nothing like a lighthearted anecdote about the orange member of the White House to clear the air.

British actress , who recently starred as Mrs. Potts in Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast, has just the right story. Talking to the Swedish public channel SVT, she revealed she once turned down a dinner invitation from Trump — and actually regrets not going!

'He Asked Me Out Once'

As she tells the SVT presenter, in 1998, Thompson was filming Primary Colors when she got a call in her trailer from none other than Trump himself:

"I lift up the phone, 'Hi, it's Donald Trump here.' I said, 'Really? Can I help you?'

He said, 'I wonder if I could offer you some accommodation in one of my Trump Towers, they're really comfortable. I think we would get on very well, maybe we could have dinner some time'.

I didn't know what to do with myself. I was on my own and I just said, 'Erm, I'll get back to you'."

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The kicker? At that point, she'd never actually met Trump in person — and hasn't since. Still, she says she regrets turning down Trump's offer: "Think of the stories!"

Emma Thompson in 'Alone in Berlin' [Credit: IFC Films]
Emma Thompson in 'Alone in Berlin' [Credit: IFC Films]

The most ironic thing about the whole anecdote, though, is that Primary Colors is a movie about an unlikely candidate entering the presidential race, and Thompson's character is based on Hillary Clinton. Imagine if that date had actually happened? That would indeed have been a story for the ages.

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