VARIETY – Emily Blunt has taken on the British throne, the fashion world and a time loop with effortless grace and talent. We celebrate the 38-year-old’s birthday on Feb. 23, counting down her very best performances in cinema thus far.
Considering Blunt’s resume, it’s almost criminal that she’s yet to find love from the Academy Awards. For her work in film, she’s garnered five nods from the HFPA, two from BAFTA and three from the Screen Actors Guild, including a surprising (and deserving) win for her turn as a pregnant mother inhabiting an alien world in husband John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place.” That win made her just the second actor to nab a SAG Award, but not receive a nod from the Oscars. The first was Idris Elba for “Beasts of No Nation” (2015).
In 2020, she was a standout opposite Jamie Dornan in John Patrick Shanley’s adaptation of his play “Wild Mountain Thyme.” In the Bleecker Street movie, she plays Rosemary, a woman who, along with star-crossed soulmate Anthony (Dornan), can’t seem to figure life out in a very rainy Ireland. In a December 2020 episode of the “Variety Awards Circuit” podcast, while Blunt was promoting the film with her co-star, she shared her support for diversity and inclusion in Hollywood, saying, “you have to represent the world and how the world exists. The more we can represent everybody, the more enjoyable these films are going to be.”
With an exciting year ahead for the charismatic performer, including “A Quiet Place Part II” and Disney’s “Jungle Cruise” opposite Dwayne Johnson, this list is sure to grow.
Honorable mentions: “The Girl on the Train” (2016), “Into the Woods” (2014) and “The Muppets” (2011).
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They don’t come more talented or tough-minded than Emily Blunt, but even she was initially daunted by the title role in Mary Poppins Returns, out next Christmas. The 34-year-old British actress (and mother of two) talks about her spin on the iconic nanny, her social-media skepticism, and her most recent challenge, in A Quiet Place, directed by her husband and co-star, John Krasinski.
VANITY FAIR – Emily Blunt has sparred with Meryl Streep (twice), out-action-starred Tom Cruise, and ruled the British Empire on-screen. But on this blustery Brooklyn afternoon in November, the 34-year-old English-born actress—surprisingly delicate in person, given the strength she projects on film—is perched on a window seat in a Cobble Hill café, laughing about her first professional heartbreak.
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Emily Blunt shares Julie Andrews’ reaction to Mary Poppins Returns casting
After a string of increasingly dark roles including Edge of Tomorrow (2014), Sicario (2015), and Oct. 7’s hotly anticipated The Girl on the Train, Emily Blunt is ready to lighten up. “I enjoy the challenge to be versatile… [but] I want to find the silliness again,” she tells EW.
And her next major role will be a big departure from The Girl on the Train: She’s stepping into Julie Andrews’ iconic shoes as Mary Poppins in Rob Marshall’s Mary Poppins Returns, currently slated for a December 2018 release. “I feel a little more trepidation with this [character] because she’s so emblematic of people’s nostalgia,” Blunt says. “It’s such an important character in people’s childhood.”
While Andrews’ version of the magical nanny was sweet but firm, Blunt says her Mary Poppins will be slightly different — closer to the character from P.L. Travers’ original series. “We’re delving into the books a lot more,” she explains, “which is a different version of the character, I’ll say that much.” When she’s reminded that book Poppins is slightly tougher than fans of the 1964 film might expect, Blunt gives a coy smile: “She’s a little meaner, yeah.”
Blunt hadn’t yet spoken to Andrews when she sat down with EW in early August, but Mary Poppins Returns director Rob Marshall had — and he relayed the experience to her. “Rob said he was in the Hamptons, and he saw [Andrews], and he said, ‘It’s top secret, but Emily Blunt’s playing Mary Poppins,’” Blunt recalls. “And she went, ‘Oh, wonderful!’”
“I felt like I wanted to cry,” she says. “It was lovely to get her stamp of approval. That took the edge off it, for sure.”
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…
I have added images of Emily at the Critics Choice Movie Awards, from last week.
here is a small article i found about the event:
In a segment presented by Jimmy Kimmel and Emily Blunt, Damon was given the fourth annual Joel Siegel Award for Service to the Community. While Kimmel provided comic relief, joking that the Oscar winner is “the greatest guy in the world,” the actor received serious accolades for his charity, Water.org.
Blunt, who stars with Damon in the upcoming film “The Adjustment Bureau,” explained that the organization Damon co-founded with Gary White helps to “provide developing countries with safe drinking water and sanitation by partnering with local communities.”
As Blunt delivered the staggering statistics that less than 1 percent of the Earth’s water is drinkable and more than 1 billion people don’t have access to clean water, Kimmel continued to kid with Damon, telling him, “Sean Penn is actually in Haiti right now … carrying things!”
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