Me, My­self and I: Emily Blunt

35-year-old Ac­tress, Emily Blunt, re­veals how she pre­pared for the role of Mary Pop­pins and why fam­ily will al­ways be her pri­or­ity...

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Emily Blunt won our hearts in her iconic role of Emily in The Devil Wears Prada, but now the Lon­don-born ac­tress is tak­ing on the much-loved char­ac­ter of Mary Pop­pins. Here she dis­cusses her pas­sion for act­ing, her love of moth­er­hood and how her hus­band, Ac­tor John Krasin­ski, is a very hands-on dad...

I feel very transat­lantic nowa­days...

I know that maybe there’s a per­cep­tion I’ve aban­doned what’s true to me, since mov­ing to Amer­ica, but I still main­tain a close re­la­tion­ship with my friends and fam­ily back home. I never want to look like I’m dis­re­gard­ing where I came from. I still shoot movies in Eng­land all the time.

I do miss a lot about Eng­land since mov­ing to the US...

It’s dif­fi­cult to visit home be­cause of my work load, so I have to adopt this no­madic sort of ex­is­tence. I mostly miss af­ter­noons in the pub and, of course, the sense of hu­mour and ir­rev­er­ence. The Hol­ly­wood life is much more ac­tive than I am – I’m not into cleanses or do­ing Pi­lates ev­ery day!

I ab­so­lutely love my work and it’s been such an hon­our to work with some of Hol­ly­wood’s greats...

Judi [Dench] is the per­fect ex­am­ple, as is Meryl [Streep], of peo­ple who take their work so se­ri­ously and are metic­u­lous about it. But they also never take them­selves too se­ri­ously. To work with them and see how they lead ev­ery­body with hu­mour and grace is hugely in­spir­ing.

I’m re­ally ex­cited for ev­ery­one to see the new Mary Pop­pins...

I didn’t watch the orig­i­nal movie dur­ing the re­hearsals. I had seen it as a child but I didn’t watch it again be­cause I wanted to do my ver­sion of her.

I de­cided the books would be a bet­ter fit for get­ting into char­ac­ter...

When I be­gan to watch the film, I knew right away that wasn’t the best way for me to come up with some­thing orig­i­nal, so I read the books in­stead. The char­ac­ter jumped off the page and I im­me­di­ately had an in­stinct about how to play her.

I was filled with a mix­ture of two emo­tions about the role...

I was ob­vi­ously very ex­cited, but I was also frozen with fear be­cause Mary her­self is so iconic and Julie An­drews, who played her first, is so iconic too. I like idea that she sweeps in and takes over to make ev­ery­thing great. The fact that I’m a mother too, it is so awe­some to be able to play Mary Pop­pins.

It’s al­ways a huge ad­van­tage be­ing mar­ried to some­one who com­pletely un­der­stands your job...

John and I are very sup­port­ive of each other and we know that we al­ways have each other to rely on. It makes each of us feel very loved and ap­pre­ci­ated. It’s a beau­ti­ful thing.

John is a very good fa­ther and that’s been a great source of com­fort to me...

We’ve al­ways been able to talk to each other and dis­cuss ev­ery­thing. Be­ing open and not hid­ing any wor­ries is so im­por­tant.

When it comes to the kids though, John is def­i­nitely the di­a­per king...

While we’re both hands-on all the time, it’s not easy pur­su­ing a Hol­ly­wood ca­reer when rais­ing young chil­dren. We each do our fair share when it comes to the chil­dren. He’s great at mak­ing sure there are al­ways fresh bot­tles of milk and food in the house. It’s just those lit­tle things that can make such a big dif­fer­ence. I’m also from a big fam­ily and

John is one of three, so I think we def­i­nitely would have more.

My great­est hope in life is for my kids to be truly happy...

Be­ing a mum changes your world com­pletely. You be­come a dif­fer­ent per­son be­cause you look at choices from a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive. With act­ing, you of­ten find your­self jump­ing from one job to the next, not think­ing too much about your per­sonal life. But now I want to spend more time with my hus­band and chil­dren, so it’s not so easy for me to do one film af­ter the other. When­ever I’m con­sid­er­ing a project, I al­ways think how it’s go­ing to af­fect my two daugh­ters’ lives.

To be hon­est I don’t want to say that my job as a work­ing mother is any harder than any­one else’s who goes to work and has chil­dren...

I think it’s just a jug­gle! You just sort of do it and take each day as it comes. Ev­ery­one had warned me that one kid is great but two’s a zoo and it is a zoo in my house right now. I think it’s prob­a­bly the same for ev­ery­body.

I’m lucky I can work my job around my chil­dren...

This makes it eas­ier to jug­gle moth­er­hood and work. I have these amaz­ing chunks of time when I’m be­tween act­ing jobs where I’m able to spend qual­ity time with my chil­dren, but I know it’s not the same for other moth­ers.

It doesn’t take me long to get ready in the morn­ing...

I’m out of the house in around an hour and fif­teen min­utes. I’m very sim­ple when it comes to fash­ion and what I wear. I think it’s im­por­tant to look like me and not try to be some­one I’m not. I’d de­scribe my style as bo­hemian tomboy.

Emily and her hus­band, John Krasin­ski, are no strangers to PDA on the red car­pet.

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