Emily Blunt talks stuttering, styling and dieting in Elle UK


I really, really love Emily Blunt. I think she’s a terrific actress, a great interview, and I think she’s funny as hell. But why is it that magazines never know how to style her? She’s not that difficult! She’s pale, with dark hair. Style her like Demi Moore, and you’ll be fine. Instead, the September issue of Elle UK features Emily either looking completely washed out in pales pastels, or looking like a trashy goth princess in black lace overload. UGH. Anyway, HuffPo has some highlights from the interview:

On her new film ‘The Adjustment Bureau’ with Matt Damon:
Probably her most high-profile role to date, Blunt plays a dancer opposite Matt Damon. ‘I had to learn to do ballet for the role, which was terrifying – you can’t really get away with half-assing it,’ she says. ‘There’s something very exposing about dancing in front of people. It’s like asking someone to look you in the eye and sing without any sense of irony. It’s that embarrassing. She takes a long, indulgent drag of her (‘dangerously delicious’) Dr Funk. ‘This is my weekend of revenge on the diet I’ve had to be on for the re-shoots,’ she says. ‘Last night I had steamed pork buns that made me want to weep. I feel like I’m just emerging from a food coma.’ Damon, she adds, derived immense glee from not being the one having to do all of the rigorous bodywork for a film. ‘After Bourne and Invictus, he was like, “Just for once, I don’t have to go to the gym, so I’m going to eat burgers in front of you and you’re going to have to deal with it.'”

On her childhood stutter:
Growing up in the smart London suburb of Roehampton (her father an accomplished barrister; her mother a former actress), Blunt developed a stutter at the age of seven, which was ‘awful, absolutely awful’, she remembers. ‘You feel like there’s an imposter living inside of you who is misrepresenting who you really are. You don’t want to be accepted for being that person but at the same time you do, and you don’t want people to finish your sentences, yet you breathe a sigh of relief when someone does.’ She overcame it after a teacher suggested she try speaking in different accents for a drama class (‘I spoke fluidly for the first time in my life in some northern English accent, probably the hokiest you’ve ever heard’) – though she says she still gets caught out occasionally when making phone calls. ‘It’s very common for stutterers to not be able to say their own name, and when someone asks who’s calling, I’ll be like, “F***!”‘

On her wedding to “The Office” star John Krasinski:
She insists, however, that she did not spend the time planning her wedding to Krasinski, though the rumour mill maintains there will be confetti flying within the next few weeks. ‘Ha!’ she snorts at the question. ‘It’s not my style to be much of a planner, so I don’t even know really when it’s happening. I’m sure it’s going to be small, easy-going and last minute.’ She flashes a grin as bright as the platinum-and-gigantic-diamond ring on her left hand. ‘But you’ll see… soon!’

On airbrushing and dressing for the red carpet:
Blunt, it seems, does strive to keep it real. She’s not keen on too much airbrushing (‘I don’t like it when they stretch you out and make you all long and skinny. It makes you look like a Barbie. Who the hell looks like that?’) and though she likes fashion, remains somewhat wary. ‘I think I tend to dress quite hard. I’m definitely not a frilly girl and I don’t wear dresses that much,’ she says. She does employ a stylist, but insists that she makes the final decision: ‘When it’s a red carpet thing, I think it’s good to just go for it. Who cares if someone hates it? If I love something – if I think it’s edgy and cool – I don’t care what anyone else thinks.’

[From HuffPo]

Okay, I actually feel for her on the stuttering thing – I had to have some speech therapy when I was a kid for my faint lisp (lithp). But I’m finding it hilarious how she describes talking on the phone. Can you imagine asking, “Who’s calling please?” And just hearing a string of stuttering curse words, and you’re like, “Oh, hi Emily!” As far the wedding, that already took place, and it seemed really lovely. I think George Clooney was the wedding planner, honestly, because he seemed to be the one in charge of tents, food and boats as they had their ceremony at Lake Como, Italy. Lovely!




Photos courtesy of The Fashion Spot and Metro.

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  1. Bite me says:

    With the right management she can have a very successful career as an actor, love her to pieces in the young Victoria

  2. original kate says:

    i could be a little bit gay for her, i think.

  3. gabs says:

    She is an amazing actress. Meryl Streep even said she was the best young actress shes worked with ever( diss to Anne hathaway and Amanda Seyfeid haha)

    But I totally agree with you about the styling. It doesnt suit her for some reason to be dark and edgy. Give her classy looks or something else Idk.

    Taylor momsen turned me off tights. If it looks like momsen would wear it, dont put it on emily blunt.

  4. Marianne says:

    I love the photos!

  5. Jillian says:

    Yeah she was great in The Young Victoria! Loved that movie.

    She and William Beckett from The Academy Is… should do a stuttering awareness thing. It’s cool when you can identify with famous people, and as a kid I wish I’d had her as a role model.

  6. ViktoryGin says:

    She’s growing on me slowly. I usually find her to be rather cold and aloof, but I do acknowledge that she’s a good actress.

  7. Tia C says:

    George Clooney, wedding planner? Hmmm. Perhaps I have to re-think my steadfast refusal to believe the stupid rumors that he’s gay… lol

    I love Emily Blunt too!! There aren’t that many actresses that I really enjoy, but I can honestly say that I enjoy her in everything she does. She picks interesting projects and her characters are always diverse. I don’t think these pictures are too awful, although I agree about the black lace. Is that really necessary – or current – for that matter? She’s not a biker bitch after all, lol. I like the last one, she looks very pretty there.

  8. Obvious says:

    i don’t mind the pastels-yes she’s a little washed out-but maybe it’s just in comparison with the lace….

    i love how real and open she is. i will always however love her for The devil wears Prada. Scene stealer! adore her!!!

    @Gabs, I believe Meryl hadn’t worked with Amanda when she said that, but it could definitely be true

  9. buckley says:

    She rocks the “come-hither” look.

  10. Tiffany says:


    Hot Guy Friday, where is it?. Come on, do I have to ask on every post you put out today.

  11. buckley says:

    I’m holding out for hot girl friday….
    just me?

  12. lucy2 says:

    I like her a lot, though I should hate her for marrying my TV boyfriend. But she’s talented and pretty, seems down to earth and intelligent, and is not a famewhore, so I guess I have to like her!

    I can’t remember if it was Vogue or Vanity Fair, but a while back she did a photoshoot with beautiful fancy ballgowns, and it was gorgeous.

  13. Leek says:

    I loved her in Sunshine Cleaning. Her American accent was great. Most of the time you can hear them struggling to speak like us and it can ruin a character but sh’s good. I’ll have to check out Young Victoria since you guys all loved it.

  14. Jeri says:

    I’m a big fan. She’s beautiful & seems down to earth. Others should take notice.

  15. pebbles says:

    She needs a lot of makeup to look good. But then again, so do I. And she has John Krasinski, and I don’t.

  16. Bunny says:

    Not only is she beautiful, but she is a terrific actress. She was excellent in Sunshine Cleaning.

  17. mooncake says:

    love this gal! she & krasinski look good together!

  18. Sue says:

    I totally get the stutter thing. I also had speech therapy for a lisp – that i still kind of have. And often when i have to say my name on the phone i get tongue tied and it comes out strangled. so weird, i never put two and two together before. Thank you Emily Blunt!
    Oh and she is an AMAZING actress and i love her and John. If i can’t have him, i’m glad she does 🙂

  19. oduroyal says:

    Emily was so good in “The Young Victoria,” that was an excellent movie 🙂

  20. Dhavy says:

    She’s so great and a beauty, I hope Hollywood doesn’t affect her good sense and go under the knife. I personally love The Devil Wears Prada because of Streep and her.

    The first movie I saw her in was My Summer Love, I think she has a nude scene there…can’t remember but she does know how to play a rich, spoiled, manipulating cynical teen

  21. Liana says:

    I just adore this woman.

  22. Mrs.Darcy says:

    I think the pastel pictures could be pretty if they didn’t airbrush her face so much- c’mon no one is that white, her sharp features look blurry. Like her in everything I’ve seen her in.

  23. canadianchick says:

    Love her, she and John Krasinski are talented scene stealers.

  24. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    Yes, whoever manages her shoots is confused. The Kohl-rimmed English Rose look has got to go, just let her look nice–that’d take less work.

  25. nel says:

    i love her! enough said.

  26. nel says:

    anyway love her and damm she is with john, he is sooo cute!

    he is the the kind of boyfriend any guy 🙂 or girl would love.

  27. clare says:

    She was great in The Young Victoria! That was a good movie.

  28. OhCamille! says:

    I agree with everyone, she’s a great actress. i love the photo shoot, beautiful!
    I can’t relate to her and JK though. Sorry! it just doesn’t add up (to me).
    I’m looking forward to more movies with her…she’s very compelling,

  29. Kelly says:

    I find her acting utterly constipated. Come on people, did anyone see her in Wolfman? I almost died laughing!! Young Victoria was a stultifying snorefest that ground to a halt as soon as anything actually threatened to happen, so I just dont understand people’s devotion to it.

    Or maybe, given people’s devotion to things like Twilight, we have an answer. Folks seem to be liking the nonthreatening story/actor/personality at the mo’, and it’s working out really well for pieces like this. Just a theory.

  30. dario says:

    Hottest girl on earth!