A Royal Talent

December 7

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.

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Emily Blunt: ‘You Can Get Away With a Lot With This Accent!’

April 16

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.

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Britain’s Blunt is in full blossom

March 8

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.

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Blunt by name, but not by nature

March 8

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.

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Emily Blunt: Naughty but nice

March 6

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.

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Victoria actress ‘felt pressure’

March 6

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.

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A Right Royal Role for Emily Blunt

March 2

Emily Blunt had no time for playing princesses when she was a little girl, but she was prepared to do anything to portray Queen Victoria in her latest film.

“I just thought she was such a remarkable girl and wanted to play her very much,” the 26-year-old actress admits.

“It is rare that I make a plea for a part and I did really want this one, it’s probably the only part I’ve ever really gone down on my hands and knees for.”

Emily, who shot to fame in The Devil Wears Prada, relished the chance to portray the longest reigning monarch in British history in The Young Victoria.

“I had a perception of her. I had the opinion that she was old, in mourning, sour-faced and repressed, and when I started to read about her, I fell in love with her.

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Emily Blunt is a natural woman

February 20

Four new films are set to propel Emily Blunt to Hollywood superstardom. But, as Alan Jackson learns over a ginger beer at her London flat, she’ll always take Roehampton over Rodeo Drive.

It’s that extraordinary day in London, the recent Monday when snow covers everything and no buses run, when schools are closed and strangers smile at each other in the street, thus acknowledging both the beauty and sudden emptiness of an unexpectedly transformed capital. Emily Blunt needs to be in Los Angeles by tomorrow evening but the news is that all flights out of town have been delayed, if not cancelled. Continue Reading

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Black Book – Our Tribute to ‘Blue Velvet’ Starring Emily Blunt

February 17

“I adore film noir style,” says actress Emily Blunt, shown here in the role of Dorothy Vallens, the tragic femme fatale in cult auteur David Lynch’s 1986 opus Blue Velvet. The kinkfest classic turned Isabella Rossellini into an icon, while pushing noir convention into the shadows of dangerously surreal Americana. “Blue Velvet is so dark and ethereal,” says Blunt. “It’s brooding yet artistic—I love it.”

Best known for her comedic roles—like a star-making breakthrough performance in The Devil Wears Prada—Blunt had no problem channeling Rossellini’s smoky, knife-edge carnality. At the same time, the 25-year-old London native put her own wicked spin on the sexy transformation. A week later, she’s still buzzing about the results. Continue Reading

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Female First – Emily Blunt Talks The Young Victoria

February 16

Emily Blunt shot to fame in her role as Emily Charlton in The Devil Wears Prada alongside Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway back in 2006. And since then she has seen her star rise working on Charlie Wilson’s War, Dan in Real Life and now The Young Victoria, which follows the early reign of Queen Victoria and her relationship with Albert. So on the set of her new film Emily talking about her regal role. Continue Reading

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