She’s been charmed by President Obama, wooed by Jason Segel and is married to one of television’s funniest men. British beauty Emily Blunt has a cheerful chat to Neala Johnson about her latest movie roles
Q: After shooting a few American movies, how do you feel when you go home to work on a production as English as Salmon Fishing in the Yemen? A: It’s a pleasure, ’ cos I get to shoot at home in a familiar setting and most crews you’ve worked with them before. I love the atmosphere on a British film, there’s no hierarchy and everyone just mucks in. There’s no divide, it’s lovely. Q: What do you miss about England when you’re not there? A: I miss the pub life, I miss my family, I miss my friends. I miss that really silly, dry sense of humour that you hear. There’s an energy that you miss being around more than anything. Q: Your husband John Krasinski’s TV series The Office means you’re pretty much glued to LA. Have you embraced life there? A: Yeah, there’s no other option but to embrace it. If you have great friends and great little places to eat, you can survive
any city, really. Q: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen has been described as ‘‘ delightfully preposterous’’, which makes sense given it’s a feelgood story about a sheik who wants to import English salmon to Yemen so he can fish in the middle of the desert. What did you think when you got the script? A: As preposterous as the idea is, I loved the dynamics of all the relationships. Your nose wasn’t rubbed in the storyline, it just unfurled in a natural way. And it’s quite hard to find an original story nowadays.