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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The Independent – The Young Victoria – another screen queen

February 13

‘The Young Victoria’ goes a step further than other films about royalty. It is co-produced by Sarah Ferguson and has a cameo for her daughter, Princess Beatrice.

If you’re quick, at the beginning of the historical biopic, The Young Victoria, you can catch glimpse of Princess Beatrice making her movie debut. Actually, you don’t need to be all that quick. The flame-haired princess is practically the first person on the screen, strewing rose petals at the tiny determined feet of Queen Victoria (Emily Blunt) as she strides up the aisle of Westminster Abbey for her coronation. A blast of “Zadok the Priest”, a stunning aerial shot of the vaulted ceiling, a swish of ermine, a flash of diamond … And there she is again! A vaguely embarrassed lady-in-waiting in a frou-frou confection of ivory tulle and pink silk roses, studiously not looking at the camera. Continue Reading

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Screen Daily – The Young Victoria

February 7

A lovingly-detailed, lavishly-recreated British period production with all the right cast giving all the right performances, The Young Victoria is a charming if dramatically inert re-telling of the sweet romance between the UK’s longest-reigning monarch and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Goethe.

That The Young Victoria works at all owes much to its charismatic leads Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend and some irresistible supporting turns from Miranda Richardson as Victoria ‘s mother The Duchess of Kent, Jim Broadbent as her uncle, King William IV and Harriet Walter playing Queen Adelaide. In fact this Jean-Marc Vallee-directed (C.R.A.Z.Y.) feature is at its involving best at the outset, with the spirited young Victoria a virtual prisoner at Kensington Palace surrounded by swirling palace and political intrigues. Continue Reading

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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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