Last Wednesday, Emily attended the British Photocall and Premiere for Into the Woods, here are photos:
Category: Into The Woods
Emily attended two Q&A panel screenings for Into The Woods and the HQ photos have been added to our gallery:
One more interview with Emily
In the big-budget adaptation of the musical “Into the Woods,” directed by Rob Marshall and set for a Dec. 25 release, Emily Blunt teams up again with Meryl Streep, her on-screen foil in “The Devil Wears Prada” and her off-screen friend. In the new film Ms. Blunt plays the Baker’s Wife, whose yearning for a child sets the intertwining fairy-tale plot in motion. Ms. Streep plays the Witch, who promises to have “the curse reversed” — as Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics go — so the Baker’s Wife will no longer be barren, as long as a few key demands are met. In New York for the film’s premiere this month, before she learned of her Golden Globe nomination for best actress in a musical or comedy, Ms. Blunt had a quick sit-down with the Bagger over English tea to talk about a role she assumed she’d never get; the names she and James Corden, who plays her husband, chose for their characters; and shots from the chest up.
Q.You clearly have a penchant for roles where Meryl Streep has unreasonable demands on you.
A.That’s the nature of our relationship — just purely tortured. We were laughing — I said: “You and I can’t ever play lovers now. Audiences wouldn’t accept it. They’d just have to see you torment me.” It’s wonderful to work with her again. That was a huge part of it for me.
Q.Are you a singer?
Q.I’ve always liked it, and I did it in school and on my own in the car, like most people. Stephen Sondheim’s music is challenging. It’s a mountain, and it’s a huge role, but it’s a wonderful role. The thought of working with Meryl again and working with Rob was what kind of shoved me through the auditioning door. Everybody had to go and sing, probably, other than Meryl. It’s like that feeling of showing your underwear.
Q.Did you train before the audition?
A.I did two lessons before the audition, but still, at that point, I just didn’t think I’d get it. What probably helped me more than anything is that Rob Marshall heard that I was nervous to come in, and he said, “I want an actor who can kind of sing, not the other way around.” I thought that was really emboldening.
Q.Had you met Stephen Sondheim before?
A.No. I remember him coming in. I was doing “Moments in the Woods,” that big number after I had the fling with the Prince [Cinderella’s Prince], and he felt that I was trying to make it sound too pretty. He said, “She’s on a mission, she needs to figure out what she’s going to do, you gotta keep it moving.” I was trying to make it sound nice for him.
Q.I had never seen “Into the Woods” onstage. Had you?
A.No, I had never seen it; I’d never heard of it, which I’m so embarrassed to say. It’s not so well known in England. Everybody does it in their high school and college here. Sadly, they usually only do the first act, which is kind of annoying because it’s the happily ever after and everyone gets their wish. That’s a shame because I think we are in a society where we’re sort of coddling our kids, and I think kids like to be challenged. No one’s more perceptive than a child. You have 11-year-olds looking at the most atrocious stuff online in their bedrooms. I’ve had a few of my friends saying, “Is it O.K. for kids?” And I always say, “Yes, it is, actually.”
Q.Especially for young girls, right?
A.It’s nice you have these very modern, very strong female characters. I think usually in fairy tales you have women going through hell and high water to get their happily ever after. In this, they get it and then maybe realize it’s not what they want. That’s a nice shift.
Q.You didn’t have a name, right? You were just the Baker’s Wife.
A.We decided to call ourselves Margery and Jeff, I think. We [James Corden and I] talked about Margery being almost like a Midwestern housewife who’s never left her little town, and she reads US Weekly every week and is obsessed with George Clooney, and then one day he shows up and knocks on her door.
Q.You had many scenes with Meryl. Did it feel “The Devil Wears Prada”-ish?
A.I was a little less star-struck this time. I wasn’t less awe-struck because I am just awe-struck by her. I know her a lot better. I’ve known her for eight years, and she’s been amazing to me, and a friend, actually. She was very kind to me because I was pregnant. She’s such a mama bear.
Q.Were you pregnant for the whole production?
A.Yeah. I found out I was having a baby the same week I found out I had this job. [She and her husband, John Krasinski, welcomed Hazel in February.] I didn’t want to tell anyone early on. I didn’t know how Rob would react. I think he’s now known as the pregnant women director because it happened with Penélope [Penélope Cruz, when he was making “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”]. I was like, “I’m sorry you’re about to do it again; you’re about to do a lot of shots boobs up on me.” He said: “As your friend, I’m thrilled. As your director, I’m like, ‘Oh, God.’ But we will make it work.” So he did.
A new clip for Into the Woods, which opens on December 25th.
Emily Blunt has been nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in Into The Woods! The movie has also been nominated for other categories, here are all the nominations:
– Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for Emily Blunt
– Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
– Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
The Golden Globe Awards ceremony will air on January 11th.
Emily and her husband attended the premiere of Into the Woods yesterday in New York, here are photos:
Into The Woods, set for release on December 25, 2014, has a new trailer:
“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.
New Featurette for Into the Woods, which opens on December 25th:
Meryl Streep will be run in Supporting, not lead, while Emily Blunt will be the lead actress contender for Into the Woods, a rep from Disney confirmed. Sometimes the “category confusion” as my friend Nat calls it can lead to odd happenings when the award nominations come down. It happens sometimes as voters (Academy or SAG) are not required to put any actor in any category. They do what they want. But much of the time, if it’s done early enough, ducks get put in a row and things line up as expected, especially lately with so much publicity around the Oscars now.
In this case, both Meryl Streep and Anna Kendrick will be in supporting for Into the Woods, which could also be in line for a SAG ensemble nod given the talent involved.
We have added a few more additions related to “Into The Woods” in our gallery. First of all some additional on set photos and another still of Emily with co-stars James Corden and Meryl Streep. We also added the People Magazine scan that features a sneak peak of the movie into our gallery. Many thanks to my friend Ali for her donations!
Disney released the very first trailer of “Into The Woods“. You can watch it below or at Apple.com. We have added the high definition screen captures in our gallery.
Starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine, “Into the Woods” is a humorous and heartfelt musical that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.
Into The Woods > Trailer
Disney released a bunch of new production stills of “Into the Woods” including the first still of Emily (as The Baker’s Wife) and her co-star James Corden (as The Baker). We have added the still with Emily in our gallery but be sure to head over to Disney to see the rest!
Into the Woods is an unfamiliar take on our favorite fairy tales, and is based on the musical by Stephen Sondheim (a member of our editorial team once played a tree in a production of the show, so we’re extra excited for this movie). The film comes to theaters December 25.
Into The Woods > Production Stills