Emily Blunt first captured our attention when she played Meryl Streep’s first assistant in 2006’s The Devil Wears Prada. She went on to get parts in other films, including Charlie Wilson’s War, Dan in Real Life and Sunshine Cleaning.
Now, Blunt has a lot to celebrate.
Last year, she became engaged to The Office’s John Krasinski and her portrayal of Queen Victoria in The Young Victoria earned her a third Golden Globe nomination.
The 26-year-old London native spoke to The Miami Herald about playing the British monarch and what it was like to wear those beautiful, yet often uncomfortable, costumes.
The Young Victoria is very focused on the beginning of Victoria and Prince Albert’s romance. What is important about that time-line in their lives?
“I think it’s vital to learn about their passion on a real level. No one knows about that side of their relationship. . . . It was a meeting of the souls for those two and I think it’s important to show that so people can understand why [when he died] she mourned him so ferociously.” What was it like getting prepared for the role? It must have been hard to get into those costumes.
“It was definitely a workout, wearing those dresses. But I got used to it. It helped with my poise. Right now, I’m sitting here in jeans and a T-shirt, but back then it was a different world.”
What was it like to play such a headstrong young woman?
“Really wonderful. . . she was a modern girl for that time. I read a lot of her diaries and discovered that she fought for what was right instead of going with tradition.”
Did you get along well with Rupert Friend, who plays Prince Albert in the film?
“He’s great. . . just the best and the only guy for the part. He really knows who he is and has the confidence that’s needed to play Albert. We were like two peas in a pod.”
Did the movie make you think about your first love?
“Young love is scary. Sure, I remember my first crushes when I was 18 and 19 and the first time I felt butterflies in my stomach. I think people can identify with that when they see the movie.”
What’s next for you?
“I just finished filming The Adjustment Bureau. It’s with Matt Damon. [Damon] is the coolest guy and really easy to get along with.”
Source: Miami Herald