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.