A practically perfect Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins; Christian Bale is unrecognisable in Vice; Khal Drogo pretends to be Aquaman; and animated adventure Spider-Man: Into The Spider Verse
After appearing in a few British television dramas, including 2005’s Gideon’s
Daughter (for which she was awarded a Golden Globe), London-born actress Emily made her big screen debut as Meryl Streep’s sassy assistant in The Devil
Wears Prada. Having already played dramatic characters in thrillers The Girl on the Train and
Sicario, Emily’s latest role sees her tackling her toughest part yet as the practically perfect nanny Mary Poppins.
How would you describe Mary Poppins?
“She’s a superhero. You could say she’s some sort of angel. She recognises what people need, and she gives it to them, yet they discover something about themselves in the process. I don’t think she concerns herself with what she is. There’s nobody else like her, which she quite likes.”
Were you nervous to play such an iconic character?
“I was instantaneously thrilled by the idea of it and simultaneously slightly terrified. She’s so iconic, the character means so much to people. I mean, that film is seared into people’s memory… but I think there’s room for more magic.”
What do you think about the finished film?
“I mean, I’m not one to sort of recommend my films to people like ‘you gotta go see it!’ but with Mary Poppins I truly am beyond proud of it and I can’t wait for people to see the movie. It is the most hopeful, joyous, exciting film.”