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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…
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.”
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.”
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.”
Ever since Marvel Studios officially announced Captain Marvel as part of their upcoming Phase Three slate, fans have been wildly speculating about who the company would hire to play their first female superhero. Emily Blunt is a name that has been tossed around a bit, the actress coming off an awesome action-heavy performance in Doug Liman’s Edge of Tomorrow, but would it be a role that she would be interested in?
This very question was posed to the actress recently in an interview with ScreenCrush, and while she tried practically every method imaginable to divert the query, she ultimately delivered a rather vague response regarding her personal interest. Said the Devil Wears Prada star, “I think, it’s always for me, it’s always about—and now, more so—what am I putting out there? What would be interesting for me and what would be interesting for people to see. So, if it’s an awesome part, it doesn’t matter if it’s a Marvel movie or a tiny movie, I’d be up for it.”
In the interview, Emily Blunt notes that she had just been recently told by her brother about audiences fancasting her as Captain Marvel – though she added that she knows nothing about the character and hasn’t been approached or contacted about it in any way. She does also like the idea of being a role model for young girls as the first female Marvel Studios superhero, but that obviously doesn’t change the current status of her involvement.
Marvel die-hards will note that this actually isn’t the first time that Emily Blunt has been linked to activities over at Marvel Studios. All the way back in 2009 there were talks that said Blunt was in negotiations for the role of Natasha Romanoff a.k.a. Black Widow in Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2. Unfortunately, the actress was locked into a contract with 20th Century Fox at the time, which meant that she had to go make Gulliver’s Travels with Jack Black and would be unavailable for the Iron Man 2 production period. Eventually Scarlett Johansson got the part and she has gone on to have great success in the role, but fans have still always wondered what could have been with Emily Blunt as S.H.I.E.L.D.’s number one field agent.
Hopefully Marvel Studios is keeping Emily Blunt in mind, but the truth is that it may be a long, long time before we see any forward movement on the Captain Marvel casting front. After all, the project isn’t scheduled to be released until 2019, which means that Marvel may not need to actually lock in an actresses until 2017/2018. In the meantime, audiences will next be able to see Blunt in one of the lead roles of Rob Marshall’s Into The Woods, which will be in theaters on Christmas Day.
Emily Blunt said that as a child, it was a family tradition to read a story before bed. Now that she’s a mother herself, she’s making sure to do the same with her daughter, Hazel.
“She’s nine months old but she understands. She sits on me, this little thing, and she understands turning a page already and going on a journey,” Blunt marveled during an interview with E! News. “I think it’s amazing.”
Blunt, 31, and her husband John Krasinski, 35, welcomed Hazel this past February. And while the “Into the Woods” star realizes that technology is changing the way we read, she still wants her daughter to appreciate physical books.
“I just want her to have that satisfaction I had as a kid of finishing a book and the chunk of it and the weight of it and putting the book down and it’s done,” she said. “You want things to be sensory for kids.”
It doesn’t help either that the actress is a self-proclaimed “dinosaur” when it comes to gadgets. “I know I have to sort of go with the flow, and this is what’s happening and it’s this generation,” she said. “She’s going to teach me more than any computer class, I’m sure!”
Source: ABC News.com