Pop­pins star flies in face of fear


MARY POP­PINS fa­mously flies into Cherry Tree Lane with her brolly – a feat which ter­ri­fied the ac­tress play­ing the nanny in the new film, writes Mike Parker.

For Bri­tish star Emily Blunt, 35, is scared of heights.

Emily, in­set, re­vealed the first “um­brella flight”, where she was swung in a har­ness in full cos­tume, was a night­mare: “I was stuck there 50ft up and won­der­ing whether I was go­ing to die.

“I was so high I could see the tree tops.”

She is also “still ter­ri­fied” of singing in pub­lic de­spite song-and-dance rou­tines with co-star Lin-Manuel Mi­randa play­ing Jack the lamp­lighter. It stems from a child­hood stut­ter that she learnt to con­quer.

How­ever, daugh­ters Hazel, four, and Vi­o­let, two, helped by lis­ten­ing to her re­hearse. She said: “If they re­ally liked the way I sang, I’d try to repli­cate it ex­actly on set.”

Emily is al­ready be­ing tipped for an Os­car in the role made famous by Julie An­drews in the 1964 orig­i­nal. Mary Pop­pins Re­turns is re­leased on De­cem­ber 21.

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