In the dozen years since it first hit theaters, the British rom-com Love Actually has become a beloved holiday staple, thanks to a starry cast and an array of heartwarming, funny, and tearjerking vignettes.
But although Hugh Grant’s character insists from the first scene that “love is everywhere,” the movie isn’t as inclusive as that line suggests. All of the couples in the film are heterosexual.
As it turns out, however, Love Actually writer-director Richard Curtis originally intended to portray a lesbian relationship in the film, and even shot a few scenes that didn’t make the final cut. They offer a peek into the lives of Anne Reid’s flinty headmistress and her terminally ill but still spirited partner, played by Frances de la Tour.
In bonus material included on the Love Actually DVD (recently resurfaced by BuzzFeed), Curtis described the subplot, which he was “really sorry” to lose.
“The idea was meant to be that you just casually met this very sort of stern headmistress,” Curtis said. “Later on in the film … we suddenly fell in with the headmistress and you realize however unlikely it seems, that any character you come across in life has their own complicated tale of love.”
Watch Curtis’ introduction and the deleted scenes below.