2011 Dec 14

Blunt says actresses fight for film roles

Emily Blunt claims female actresses are like “savages” when they see an opportunity to play a “great” role. The British actress rose to prominence after playing senior assistant Emily Charlton in The Devil Wears Prada. She has since gone on to star in The Young Victoria and The Adjustment Bureau. Although she has landed some impressive Hollywood film parts, Blunt doesn’t get complacent when it comes to casting. “Oh, God, yes,” she exclaimed when asked if she still has to fight for film parts. “Yes, absolutely. Because the good stuff – everyone wants the good stuff. We’re like savages. There’s not much meat on the bones in this industry so all the women go crazy when there’s a great role.” Blunt is still picky about the parts she takes on however. The 28-year-old likes to play dynamic characters. “If I open a script and the description reads ‘nice, normal girl’, I slam it shut,” she smiled in an interview with British newspaper The Telegraph. Despite her roles in mainstream blockbusters, Blunt appreciates independent cinema. Although the budgets are smaller, the brunette beauty usually finds the scripts more interesting. “They’re the best parts and the best scripts, usually. Sometimes the bigger-budget films are made for teenage boys, so the girl parts are one-dimensional or rather idealistic and I don’t know how to play The Girlfriend part – there’s nothing there for me to do,” she explained. “There are fantastic roles out there for women, you just have to sift through all the crap to find them.” Blunt has a lot of respect for female comediennes. She is a big fan of hit comedy Bridesmaids and says the 2011 film has paved the way for other female comic stars. “I think there’s a tendency to think women can’t be funny,” she said. “But you look at someone like Kristen Wiig [the lead in Bridesmaids], I think people like her are real trailblazers for girls in the comedy world. If you love it or hate it you can’t deny that Bridesmaids is such a big film for women. It was a really important film to happen.”

Source: NZHerald.co.nz