Emily is gracing the cover of Harper’s Bazaar UK July 2014 issue. The issue will hit newsstand on June 4th so be sure to pick up your own copy. We added the cover and first photoshoot outtakes in our gallery and we will add the scans as soon as possible.
“I loved being pregnant,” Emily Blunt tells Ajesh Patalay in the July issue of Harper’s Bazaar. “Most people probably don’t like hearing that because some women have a terrible time, but I really liked it.”
The 31-year-old and her actor husband (The US Office’s John Krasinski), welcomed their first child, daughter Hazel, in February of this year. The actress worked through her pregnancy – on Rob Marshall’s adaptation of Steven Sondheim’s Into The Woods – stopping only when she “ballooned” and found herself with cankles. “Doesn’t everyone?” she questions. “I hope everyone does. Probably Gisele doesn’t, but I definitely did.”
Her sharp intelligence and dry sense of humour is immediately apparent (“the fucking books – don’t take any advice” is her take on baby tutorials), but she becomes contemplative on the subject of becoming a mother for the first time.
“Everything has slowed down,” she says. “You realise that nothing else really matters. This industry, this town especially [LA], can make you feel that all that stuff matters; this rather transient world and the gush and the work and the success and the competition. You can get drawn into that bubble, of thinking it all matters. Having a baby has made me realise that it doesn’t. None of it. It really doesn’t.”
Motherhood aside, Blunt has managed to maintain a successful Hollywood career, and is currently touring the world promoting her first Sci-Fi action film, Edge of Tomorrow, in which she stars as so-called “Full Metal Bitch” Rita Vrataski, alongside Tom Cruise. Shortly after the birth of Hazel, she started filming Sicario, co-starring Benecio Del Toro and directed by Denis Villeneuve, a violent tale of CIA corruption and drug cartels.
“Do I want to be in New Mexico for 10 weeks shooting something with this subject matter when my house, my whole world, has become very sweet and pure?” she asks herself outloud. “But actually, I was talking to my friend and she said, ‘It’s exactly what you should do right now, because you’re a lioness. You’re a mama bear.’ I think when you become a mother, you inherit a strength you’re not even aware of. I know it’s something John’s mentioned to me. He thinks I’m so much stronger now.”
The actress also revealed the secret to maintaining a long-distance relationship (while Blunt was filming Edge of Tomorrow in London, her American husband was shooting the final series of The US Office in LA): they try never to spend more than two weeks apart.
“We miss the hell out of each other,” she says. “It just becomes a sort of rule that you try and keep. Not even something you have to endure, something you want to do. Even if you see each other for 24 hours, I think it’s important. It’s everything, really, time together. It’s not a nice thing to get good at being on your own.” Besides, she adds: “I’m with someone who makes me incredibly happy. I’m not one of those people who subscribes to the idea that marriage takes the romance out of things. I think it gets better, it deepens. I love being a wife. We have a blast.”
Read the full interview with Emily Blunt in the July issue of Harper’s Bazaar, on newsstands 4th June.