‘He was my protector’ Ruby Wax praises late friend Alan Rickman for ‘saving’ her careerNovember 23, 2021
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Actress and comedian Ruby Wax has hailed the late Alan Rickman as her “protector” in a new interview. Speaking about her late friend who tragically died in 2016, the mental-health campaigner, 68, explained how the Harry Potter star turned her from a “c**p” actress into a comedian after “mentoring” her over the course of their friendship.
I would say he saved me
The duo worked together at the Royal Shakespeare Company and even lived together in Stratford while they were forging their careers as actors.
Reflecting on the late actor, Ruby hailed him as her “protector” as well as her teacher.
Speaking about Alan, she said: “He was hilarious.
“He was my mentor and he taught me how to do comedy.
“I would say he saved me,” she added.
Ruby went on: “He took a c**p actress and then turned her into a comedian against all odds.
“He was my protector,” she told MailOnline.
The star went on to brand the Harry Potter actor “the most generous man” who took a lot of drama school students “under his wing”.
The flame-haired star previously spoke about how the Sense and Sensibility star “saved” her from her difficult relationship with her parents, as he would often defend the comedian from their cruel insults.
The comedian had a difficult relationship growing up with both her mother and father, whom she described as being “crazy and violent” towards her.
Speaking on the Thanks A Million podcast with Angela Scanlon, Wax said of her parents: “Yeah, they were crazy and violent. I was nervous.”
However, Ruby told how Alan went on to rescue her from her parents and would regularly fend off their criticism towards their daughter.
The comedian said she is so grateful to the late Harry Potter actor, sharing he is the one person she would like to thank in life.
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She continued: “Alan Rickman who saved me from my parents, but don’t make me talk about him, cause I’ll get upset… I would be put away if it wasn’t for him.
“When my parents would come, he’d stand between us literally and keep them talking and say, she’s not a loser, she’s really talented, he defended me for 30 years.”
Wax admitted he was the first person to notice she had talent and took it upon himself to give her acting training.
The star recalled: “He was the first one, I think, that said, ‘You’ve got talent. You don’t have it now but I could teach you’. So he taught me for 30 years.”
Rickman sadly died in 2016 after battling cancer and at the time, Wax paid an emotional tribute to their enduring friendship.
The star said that she was “broken” before going on to detail their first meeting at the Edinburgh Festival in 1976.
“I’m not going to say goodbye because he’s in all his friends and family – right there just under our skin we hear him, see him and love him more than life itself,” Ruby ended her tribute.
Following the news of Alan’s death Ruby cancelled all her tour dates.
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