Emily Blunt: I want to be good at other stuff

Emily Blunt would like to be known for something else as well as stardom. The 31-year-old actress admits she has a work ethic that makes her well-suited to the entertainment sphere, but insists she’d love to broaden her skillset.
When it was suggested she’s good at stardom, Emily replied: “God, I’d like to be good at other stuff, but I know what you mean. Some people are crap at it. And I think I am a good worker. “But what I think is that I really love this job, and I’m kind of in love with it, even though it’s not everything that I am.”
While Emily is good at acting in front of a camera, she hasn’t always been such a confident public speaker having suffered with a stutter as a child. She explained: “As a kid I just stopped talking. It got very bad. I listened a lot because that’s all I did. Really. And it’s not meant to be a sob story, it was just the reality. Which was that I felt embarrassed to speak in front of people.”
Fortunately, Emily managed to overcome her speech impediment when she discovered her love of acting. The Into The Woods star added to The Times newspaper: “I did speak fluently for the first time when I did a play in school, aged nine.”

Source: Contactmusic.com

Emily Blunt’s singing fear

Emily Blunt says singing in Into The Woods was like ‘showing her underwear’.
The British actress admits she was terrified at the thought of performing in front of her co-stars like Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick and James Corden but says all the cast shared her fears of doing something so ‘intimate’. She said: “My knees were knocking walking into the auditions. It’s a very intimate and personal thing to sing for somebody, especially a musical god like Rob Marshall.
“It’s why people have to be drunk to do karaoke. “On the first day of rehearsals there was a hideous moment when Rob said, ‘OK, we’re going to sing now’ and everybody just screamed. Because here it was, the moment where everybody had to suddenly show their underwear.”
Despite her apprehension, Emily enjoys singing karaoke – but can’t get up in front of other people if she hasn’t had a few drinks first. She told Stylist magazine: “I would never go into [New York karaoke bar] Sing Sing without a tonne of margaritas. “I love Janis Joplin. Sometimes if I’m coerced I’ll do Aerosmith’s ‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing’. And I love ‘Try a Little Tenderness’ by Otis Redding, but that’s usually later on in the night.”

Source: Contactmusic.com

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Emily Blunt On Hiding Her Real-Life Baby Bump

In Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods, the Baker’s Wife yearns for a child. Emily Blunt had that part of the role covered — almost too well. The Golden Globe-winning actress was pregnant on set…and had to hide her real-life baby bump from the cameras.
“At the time, I was pregnant,” explained Blunt — who gave birth to her first child, Hazel, in February 2014 — in an upcoming interview with Playbill magazine. “I hadn’t had my daughter yet, but it was kind of extraordinary being pregnant and playing this woman, who was desperately yearning to be pregnant, and feeling like I was the luckiest person in the world… In a way, it gave me a deeper insight into this woman and her yearning to be a mother. Those maternal instincts were kicking in for me. It was kind of a trip, being pregnant and hiding behind every tree in the woods by the end of my pregnancy!”
She continued, “I don’t know if there are many roles in Hollywood that I would have been able to play pregnant, but the Baker’s Wife is certainly one of them because I feel like she would have eaten a lot of carbs working in the bakery.”
Although Blunt was strongly connected to her character — both preparing to give birth for the first time — she knew very little of the enchanted Woods before discovering them through the eyes of director Rob Marshall.
“I’ve never heard of it,” she admitted. “In England, it’s not as big of a musical. The way I found out how much of a big deal it was here was that [when I told] my husband — who is not a fan of musicals — I was auditioning for ‘Into the Woods,’ he sang, ‘Into the woods!’ And, I went, ‘How do you know it?! You don’t even like musicals.’ He said, ‘Because every college in America does Into the Woods.'” Continue reading…

Source: Playbill.com

Emily Blunt’s pregnancy panic

Emily Blunt feared she’d lose her Into the Woods role when she realised she was pregnant. The 31-year-old actress stars as The Baker’s Wife in the upcoming musical movie, which is based on a Broadway play and features a number of iconic people from fairytales. Emily’s character is finding it hard to have a baby, which made the fact that she had just conceived her now nine-month-old daughter Hazel all the stranger.
“The ultimate irony, right’ I found out I was having a baby the same week I found out I had this part, which was extraordinary and also made me nervous because I thought I could lose the role – which would have been fine because I was going to be a mum, but disappointing, too,” she explained to British magazine Hello!.
Emily wanted to wait until she knew everything was alright with her baby before sharing the news. As soon as that was the case, she phoned the film’s director Rob Marshall, who was entirely supportive. “[I] said, ‘I have something to tell you,’ and for a joke he said, ‘You’re going to have a baby,’ and I went, ‘Uh, yeah.’ After a moment, he said, ‘As your friend I’m thrilled. As your director I’m thinking, “Oh God.” But we’ll make it work,'” she recalled.
Into the Woods also features Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine, with James Corden starring as The Baker. Emily and James have been pals for a long time, so teaming up with him was great fun. “We first met at a polo match over strawberries and cream – how English does it get'” she laughed. “Oddly enough we ended up singing – probably because I’d had too much champagne. We sang Somethin’ Stupid by Frank and Nancy Sinatra and discovered we knew the harmonies. We had a laugh and have been friends since. He had us in stitches on set – he’s funny and wildly inappropriate, which I approve of.”

Source: Film-News.co.uk

Emily Blunt & Chris Pine Struggled With Singing

Emily Blunt and Chris Pine endured their own private hells while preparing to play leading roles in new movie musical Into The Woods because director Rob Marshall insisted on them hitting the high notes. Both stars knew they’d have to sing in the film but they had no idea just how grueling the work they had to do prior to the start of filming would be.
Blunt tells WENN, “I was very reluctant to audition for this and Rob did audition all of us, as he should. I was scared to go in. Rob called my agent and said, ‘I want actors who can kinda sing; not the other way around.’ So I had a couple of singing lessons and I learned it and auditioned and he was amazing and gave the role of The Baker’s Wife to me. I’m very grateful. “It’s the best part I’ve ever been given. Once I got over my own fear of singing in front of other people it turned out to be such an exhilarating and impassioned experience. You realize how joyful it is to sing and to be around music. The day we sang with a 65-piece orchestra with Stephen Sondheim in the next room is just one of those days you will never ever forget.”
And Pine adds, “I was the only person who didn’t know what ‘Into The Woods’ was when my agent called and asked me if I wanted to audition for it. I heard Meryl Streep, Rob Marshall … so I said, ‘Yeah, count me in!’ I had a night to prepare a song to go sing in Rob Marshall’s living room. “I made a mistake in going online and Googling what I was getting into and then it dawned on me the kind of magnitude of the kind of pantheon that I was touching with this music… So to step in that living room, I had not sung for anyone but myself; it was terrifying. A piano was brought out and he joined me in singing. It was actually a blast.”

Source: WENN.com

Emily Blunt: Meryl Streep ‘owes’ me

Emily Blunt says Meryl Streep owes her after she ‘saved’ her life. The 31-year-old actress came to the rescue of the Mamma Mia star after she tripped and fell on the set of the big-screen adaptation of Into The Woods.
Emily explained: “I did save her life. We were rehearsing a scene where she’s playing the witch and she’s supposed to jump onto the table with a cape and everything. “I just saw this thing happen in slow-motion… You know when you see something awful happen and it’s like the sound cuts out, you know? “Meryl Streep’s foot got caught in her cape and we just started to watch her slowly topple head-first toward the concrete floor.”
The 65-year-old actress – who is starring as The Witch in the fairy tale story alongside Emily, who plays the Baker’s Wife – will be expected to pay her co-star back for the rescue mission.
Emily joked on The Late Show With David Letterman: “She owes me! She should play my lowly dressmaker. She owes me big time. She was tormenting me in [The Devil Wears Prada], and now she’s tormenting me in this movie. She’s this witch that has cast this horrible spell on our house. I just said, ‘This is it.’ We couldn’t have any other dynamic now: ‘You just have to hate me in films.’ “She owes me, that’s why I think at some point I should play the Queen of Versailles and she can be my lowly dressmaker. I did mention it to her. I think it’s a great idea and I mentioned it to her, and her response was, ‘Dream on.’ That’s Meryl Streep… She’s so amazing, it’s annoying at this point. It’s annoying.”

Source: Contactmusic.com

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