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.”