Actress Helena Bonham Carter and Director Tim Burton, from Disney’s new movie “Alice in Wonderland,” fell in love on the set of 2001’s Planet of the Apes, and are currently engaged with two children. They are known as the “odd couple” of Hollywood because of their unique roles and interests. Since the beginning of Carter’s acting career, she has played an ape, an addict, a murderer’s assistant, an evil wizard, and most recently, the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. Burton is known for directing many offbeat movies, including Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd, and Sleepy Hollow.
Most feel the couple is made for each other, and Carter and Burton seem to agree. However, they do enjoy their individualism, too. The couple currently owns two houses in Hampstead, one for each of them, that are connected by a communal room described as a grand hallway. Carter and Burton decorated each of their houses to suit their interests. Carter’s has a girly, vintage theme, while Burton’s house is distinctly Gothic with skeletons and weird things laying about and neon lights in the floor.
They each have their own kitchen, but Carter admitted that Burton’s is rarely used. “He always visits, which is really touching,” she said. Carter continued to explain that having two houses is a really great idea. “You never have to compromise or feel invaded,” she shared.
Alison Boshoff stated in her recent article from Mail Online that it’s only when you consider how different they are that you realize why the arrangement works quite so well. Carter often rambles on in Burton’s presence, while he prefers to be quiet. Having separate dwellings gives them the freedom to be themselves, while also keeping the door open to stay connected to each other.