Emily Blunt plays a bride-to-be with a long and bumpy build-up to her big day, in new comedy The Five-Year Engagement. The star’s own wedding preparations, however, couldn’t have been more different.
British beauty Emily married US actor John Krasinski in an intimate ceremony in Lake Como, Italy, in 2010 and insists she didn’t lose any sleep beforehand – despite a guest list that included Hollywood royalty George Clooney, Matt Damon and her co-star in The Devil Wears Prada, Meryl Streep.
“I didn’t want to have a big wedding. I wanted to keep it really laid-back,” she said.
Writer-director Lynn Shelton’s comedy Your Sister’s Sister reveals something you’ve probably never seen in a fiction film: genuine surprise.
Actress Emily Blunt gulps, gasps and breaks into a furious blush when Rosemarie DeWitt, playing her stepsister, reveals an embarrassingly intimate secret at the dinner table in director Lynn Shelton’s largely unscripted Your Sister’s Sister. The comedy, which was a hit with its world-premiere audience at TIFF last September, arrives in theatres Friday.
“I cried with laughter,” said Blunt, adding she told Shelton, “‘You are never getting that on camera!’ I was so mortified.”
When it came to her own nuptials everything went far more smoothly – even with a guest list that resembled a Hollywood awards ceremony.
Emily married actor John Krasinski, one of the stars of the US version of The Office, in an intimate ceremony in Lake Como, Italy in 2010, with George Clooney, Matt Damon and Meryl Streep, her co-star in The Devil Wears Prada, looking on.
The reason it was so relaxed was, Emily says, because she didn’t reveal any Bridezilla
“I wanted to keep it really laid-back. I’m quite decisive, not one of those people who says, ‘Oh, what about this, what about that?’ I’m just like, ‘That’ll do, that’ll do, that’ll do’, because I just think it’s the day that’s special, not all of the stuff that comes with it.
Emily Blunt is torn between two brothers. At least her Gwen Conliffe character is in “The Wolfman,” the 2010 remake of the 1941 horror film “The Wolf Man.” Gwen is living in Great Britain in the late 1800s and is engaged to nobleman Ben Talbot, who mysteriously vanishes. Ben’s brother Lawrence (played by Benicio Del Toro) returns from the United States after he gets news of his brother’s disappearance.
It’s not easy to steal scenes from Meryl Streep, but Emily Blunt managed to do just that as the love-to-hate-her assistant in The Devil Wears Prada. Blunt followed up that Golden Globe-nominated role with a series of diverse and fascinating characters, and the world hasn’t been able to take its eyes off the actress ever since. (Of course it doesn’t hurt her cool factor that she’s engaged to The Office’s lovable and hysterical John Krasinski.) In her latest film, Blunt takes on none other than Queen Victoria, capturing a part of the royal’s life we don’t often see. We recently sat down with the divine Brit to talk great parts, amazing costars and staying out of the Hollywood spotlight.
Though she’s played some forbidding characters on-screen (including her breakout role in The Devil Wears Prada), it’s easy to fall for Emily Blunt. For me, affection came instantly over lunch at the Chateau Marmont as Blunt picked up a menu and cried out, “Arugula and bacon-wrapped dates! Have you had them?”
“Yes,” I said. “Bacon-wrapped anything is—”
“Awesome. I know.”
A woman after my own heart. And Blunt’s clever summation of the actor-ridden Chateau—“It’s a bit like a drama school party, isn’t it?”—didn’t hurt either.
Emily Blunt had just arrived at her London apartment after an adventurous plane ride from Los Angeles.
“There was horrible turbulence. I nearly got ill. I swear that the plane was on its side at one time. I was like `a-a-a-h,”‘ said the 26-year-old Brit, sounding unflappable, as if she were describing having popped down to the local shop.
But those who have seen Blunt in any of her scene-stealing roles – Meryl Streep’s put-upon assistant in “The Devil Wears Prada,” her sexy turn with Tom Hanks in “Charlie Wilson’s War” or her Golden Globe-winning performance as a politician’s neglected daughter in the TV drama “Gideon’s Daughter” – know she is one cool customer.
Emily Blunt, known for playing uptight types, is as warm in her new role as Victoria as she is talking to Julia Molony
Emily Blunt is perched ornamentally on a couch in the centre of an opulent suite in London’s Mandarin Oriental hotel. Her spike-heeled feet are pulled up and arranged beside her at an artful right-angle to the rest of her body. Her posture is as upright as a statue. To her growing Hollywood audience at least, who know her through her most famous roles in The Devil Wears Prada and The Jane Austen Book Club, Blunt has become known for a certain British froideur.
Actress Emily Blunt will have a Scotch on the rocks, if you’re asking. Or a vodka with a dash of soda water and a splash of cranberry. If the sun is shining, she will take a bottle of Corona beer with a lime wedge in the top. “Oh no, I’ve made myself sound like an alcoholic now, haven’t I?” she says, counting out her favourite poisons on the fingers of one hand.
It’s not the conversation opener I expected from the refined-looking Blunt. As the fantastically neurotic and snooty assistant to Meryl Streep’s magazine editor in The Devil Wears Prada, she stalked the set as if she had a coat hanger stuck down the back of her blouse.
In The Young Victoria, Emily Blunt plays the title role and was determined to portray a very different side to the youthful Queen Victoria than we’ve ever seen. The Devil Wears Prada actress explains what it was like working with co-star Rupert Friend, how she managed to squeeze into those corsets and what happened when a real princess came on set.
What was it like to wear the giant dress you had to wear in The Young Victoria?
I’m glad that I didn’t get used to seeing myself like that because it wasn’t that much fun to wear all of those costumes. I think without the corset it would have been beautiful and fun but the corset makes it painful. I have painful memories of them as opposed to beautiful ones.