Mail Online – Blunt praise for our sharp young Queen

February 6

Emily Blunt has decided that her Queen Victoria won’t be rigid and unsmiling – she’ll be a wild child who, behind the scenes, lets her hair down.

Dashing actors Rupert Friend, as Prince Albert, and Paul Bettany, as Lord Melbourne, are the men vying (for different reasons) for the young Victoria’s attention.

“She was a very feisty teenager, unreadable at times,” Emily told me as we sat in her trailer during a break from shooting The Young Victoria on location at Arundel Castle.

“People couldn’t place why she was so charismatic because she was this diminutive little thing, not particularly attractive, but there was so much power in her.”

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Times Online – Blunt speaking

February 6

In The Devil Wears Prada, Brit actress Emily Blunt was the sizeist fashionista. But in real life, she eschews the gym and dieting for carbohydrates and cooking.

Emily Blunt, who’s arrived on what’s meant to be a glam Hollywood fashion shoot in jeans, an old hoody and fairly dirty Converse (“Actually, I’d go so far as to say ‘smelly’,” she pronounces unselfconsciously), chooses to fly under the red-carpet radar most of the time. But, in an odd antidote to her quotidian normality in the fashion department, an LA hairdresser is weaving shocks of electric blue, fuchsia and violet hair into her dark-auburn, shoulder-length, normal-girl-doesn’t-want-to-bother locks.

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Washington Post – From Scene Stealer to Star on the Rise

February 6

Emily Blunt may have had a bit too much wine.

But, you know, she has been strapped in a corset all day, and now she’s at her nana’s house in London, just trying to relax with a little roast duck and conversation about the reserve of the British monarchy.

So she needs her refuge and a nip, too. Surely, the queen would understand.

Blunt has been working continuously since her breakout role as a conniving fashionista in last year’s “The Devil Wears Prada.” The corset won’t appear on screens until next year, when Blunt appears as a temperamental monarch in the historical drama “The Young Victoria,” but this week audiences can catch her as a sullen French teacher in the new romantic comedy “The Jane Austen Book Club.”

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SF Chronicle – Blunt moves from the runway to the royal family

February 6

Emily Blunt kept an eye on an artichoke boiling in a pot in her borrowed London flat while we spoke by phone. The busy actress had just driven in from Shepperton Studios in Middlesex where she’s filming “The Young Victoria.” Although Blunt has a hefty resume for a 24-year-old – “The Devil Wears Prada” was her breakthrough role and she currently can be seen in “The Jane Austen Book Club” – she’s never had to carry an entire movie until now.

Playing Queen Victoria during her turbulent youth, Blunt is in practically every scene. The shoot is exhausting and, on a rare evening to herself, she’s relaxing by cooking a splendid meal. The artichoke will be followed by pizza fritters from a cookbook by English celebrity chef Jamie Oliver that her grandmother gave to her.

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The Telegraph – To Be Blunt

February 6

What a life – catapulted from the school play to the Golden Globes in the blinking of an eye, Emily Blunt, comic star of ‘The Devil Wears Prada‘, is a young English actress with the world at her feet. But frankly, she tells Lucy Cavendish, all she really wants is a nice hot meal

Emily Blunt is on set at the magnificently regal Ham House in south-west London when I arrive to meet her.

‘She’ll be maybe 15 minutes,’ a helpful woman tells me. I then get shown to her trailer, which is packed full of Frusli bars, and I sit and wait. I stare out at the River Thames, which is shrouded in mist as the sun goes down. It is all rather beautiful and quiet and a bit eerie, and then someone sets off a banger and I jump out of my skin. I hear a voice yell, ‘You wanker!’ and then two men appear at the door to reassure me it was all an accident. They then spend the next ten minutes telling me how wonderful Blunt is. ‘We’ve worked with some right miseries,’ says one, while the other nods his head. ‘But Emily’s got something special.’

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