LET’S BE BLUNT
Emily Blunt reveals a new toughness — and gets to upstage Tom Cruise in her new film
“because now I know what I’m capable of.” Director Doug Liman said Blunt’s character is “the hero of the movie”.
“Emily’s performance is even more impressive when you step back and see that she dominates the screen against the biggest movie star in the world whose character also happens to have a superpower,” he said.
Blunt’s next role demanded a different sort of bravery: singing on screen. Blunt, Streep and Depp star in Rob Marshall’s dark musical fairytale, Into the Woods, due in theatres on New Year’s Day. She worked with a singing coach to prepare for her role in the Stephen Sondheim adaptation. Besides training, Blunt draws on her deep love of people to inform the characters she plays. An avid reader, she finds that discovering characters on the page inspires her when she creates them on the screen.
“When I choose to play a character, it’s because I love that human heartbeat that they have and I’ve found an ‘in’ with them,” she said. Disconnecting from Hollywood is part of the process. Blunt recharges at home with her husband, actor John Krasinski, and their 3½-month-old daughter, Hazel. The couple likes to entertain, and Blunt cooks Italian dishes, and a few from her homeland (“English food is underrated,” she said).
That source of off-camera love and stability allows Blunt to weather Hollywood’s whims and follow the butterflies when a challenging role beckons.
“It’s such an unknown, this business,” she said. “You don’t know when you’re next working, you don’t know who you’re next playing, you don’t know who you’ll next be working with, so I do believe you’ve got to walk into each day with great hope.”