Emily Blunt recently attended a showing of The Young Victoria at The Grove in Los Angeles, and stayed after to answer some questions from the audience. She touches on a lot of great point throughout, including bringing the film to America, and the difficulties of connecting to the character. It’s really a nice, intimate discussion, and having seen great work from her in more than one film last year, it’s nice to get this kind of format. Especially considering that her performance here is certainly in the top three of the year.Enjoy the interview, and below you can also get some clips in video.
Q: What makes this film’s portrayal of the queen unique?
EB: When I was first reading up about this film, I had no idea that there was this feisty, remarkable girl beneath the black, dour, sour-faced exterior that I’d become aware of in history class at school. So I think I was as surprised as everyone else. I think that everyone knows about the mourning and the grief and the unhappiness, but no one knows about the love and the passion [of Victoria]. Hopefully this film, if it does anything, will help people understand why she mourned [Prince Albert] so ferociously.
Q: What was the biggest challenge in portraying this character?
EB: As much as I could, I tried to approach her as the girl rather than the queen because she’s a teenage girl, who is in love and in a job where she’s in way over her head. And, at the end of the day, that’s at least a starting point that I can understand. But subconsciously, the more I read about her, the more I absorbed about her, I think I understood Victoria more than any other character I’ve played. (more…)
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It was not until her breakthrough performance as the condescending and sarcastic Emily Charlton in the 2006 film, The Devil Wear Prada that Emily Blunt’s career took off. She is now benefiting from higher profile leads, such as Queen Victoria in her most recent film, The Young Victoria. I spoke to Blunt on the phone from Los Angeles the day after The Golden Globe Awards, where she was nominated for Best Actress for that performance.
The 26 year-old English actress spoke briefly about how she first became aware of The Young Victoria, “I heard about it from my agent actually, who had managed to get hold of a script quite early on. So I think it was still being developed at that point. They were looking to attach someone. So I think I went in as a real early bird and thank god, because I am sure there were thousands of people behind me wanting to go for the same part because this was a such a great role. So I was really thrilled to get in there early.” (more…)
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