EMILY Blunt will be forever grateful to George Clooney for letting her get married at his home.
The 29-year-old star tied the knot with actor John Krasinski in July 2010 and the Hollywood heartthrob offered the couple the use of his property on Lake Como, in Italy, so they could conduct their nuptials in private.
“Is it a ranch, would you call it a ranch. At his place. His lake, it was lovely, so beautiful. He was very nice to give it to us, it was very kind,” Emily said.
Despite his generosity, the British actress jokingly claimed George wasn’t invited to the wedding.
“George we would love to get married at your place but can you leave? That would be great,” Emily said she told George.
Emily can currently be seen in Five-Year Engagement and she believes the comedy film will cause arguments between couples who have been engaged for a long time.
But the actress believes she and John had the “right” distance between their engagement and wedding ceremony.
“It was like a year, that’s how you do it, I think probably couples that have been engaged for many years will go and see this film and get into an argument,” she said.
Emily Blunt plays a bride-to-be with a long and bumpy build-up to her big day, in new comedy The Five-Year Engagement. The star’s own wedding preparations, however, couldn’t have been more different.
British beauty Emily married US actor John Krasinski in an intimate ceremony in Lake Como, Italy, in 2010 and insists she didn’t lose any sleep beforehand – despite a guest list that included Hollywood royalty George Clooney, Matt Damon and her co-star in The Devil Wears Prada, Meryl Streep.
“I didn’t want to have a big wedding. I wanted to keep it really laid-back,” she said.
“I’m quite decisive,” Emily adds. “I’m not one of those people who says, ‘Oh, what about this, what about that?’ I’m just like, ‘That’ll do, that’ll do, that’ll do’, because I just think it’s the day that’s special, not all of the stuff that comes with it.”
Emily is in her native London to promote the new romantic comedy with co-star and close pal Jason Segel.
The How I Met Your Mother funnyman – who plays Emily’s fiancé in the film – turns to her as she finishes speaking about the wedding, a wounded look on his face. Read more…
Emily Blunt has joked that she plans to stay grounded by always doing her own washing up.
The British actress has found fame in Hollywood in films such as The Devil Wears Prada, The Young Victoria and Salmon Fishing In The Yemen, but is determined to keep her feet firmly on the ground.
“I have great friends,” she said. “And I think you’ll always remain grounded if you wash the dishes every day and buy your own toilet paper.”
Emily will next be seen in comedy The Five-Year Engagement and indie film Your Sister’s Sister, and upcoming projects include the sci-fi war flick All You Need Is Kill alongside Tom Cruise, and futuristic thriller Looper, with Bruce Willis.
With such a busy schedule, she values her down-time with husband John Krasinski, star of the US version of The Office.
“At the moment I get chunks of time off, which we spend together,” she said. “It’s also nice to have a shared understanding of what each other does.”
:: The Five-Year Engagement is in cinemas now. Your Sister’s Sister is released on Friday, June 29.
Emily Blunt was “really star-struck” when she met her favourite rocker.
The actress may be one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, but still feels overwhelmed in front of other famous people. Emily was lost for words when she came into contact with Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler.
“I got really star-struck by the lead singer of Arcade Fire,” she told British magazine Look. “I said, ‘Amazing,’ about 20 times in the space of two minutes and he was like, ‘Calm down, it’s OK.’”
Emily is married to actor John Krasinski. She says settling down with her perfect man has changed her life.
“It’s more fun,” she replied, when quizzed on married life. “I think we have the ultimate bond now and it’s fun as hell. It just gets better and better for me and I think that’s probably finding the right person. I love it.”
Emily was also happy to dish out some advice for brides-to-be. The 29-year-old star believes couples should concentrate on what they want for their big day, rather than listening to loved ones.
“Don’t have too many cooks in the kitchen,” she warned. “It’s your day, so it has to be what you want.”
In 2009, Lynn Shelton shook up the festival circuit with Humpday, an improvised comedy about male friendships and gay panic starring Mark Duplass and Joshua Leonard.
In 2011, Shelton and Duplass launched their new collaboration, Your Sister’s Sister, at the Toronto Film Festival.
A more serious (but still very funny) work about a grieving man (Duplass) spending an awkward weekend with his best friend (Emily Blunt) and her sister (Rosemarie DeWitt), it’s a major step forward for Shelton – and something of a high-wire act for Blunt.
Mark, you’d worked with Lynn before on Humpday and made your own similar films, but Emily, this was the first time you’ve tried anything like this. What was the experience like for you?
Emily Blunt: It was just very different. It wasn’t necessarily an easy adjustment…. I think it does require guts to do a film like this. All of us just had to be kinda gutsy about it.
Mark Duplass: Emily said something after our first big take together: “Wow, that was like jazz.” It’s kinda corny, but it’s very similar to how our process goes. We’re playing an old standard song in a key we all know, but the little pieces, the way we interpret it, happen freely, in the moment, because we’ve all done our homework. Literally within two minutes she was right in there. It was awesome.
So here you are with another little character piece…
Lynn Shelton: There are only certain kinds of stories you can tell in this way. You really can’t do your big period piece or a sci-fi movie. Or if you have a kazillion locations, it’s gonna be hard to do that with no money. But if you’ve got a very small [project] that’s really based on human beings interacting with other human beings, you don’t have to wait for somebody else to give you permission to make it.
Blunt: You know those arcade games where you have the soft toys in the bin? You’re waiting for the claw to come down and summon you, and you’re like, “Is it my turn? [laughs]”
Duplass: [waving arms like a Muppet] “I’m here!”
Blunt: You’re just waiting in this oversized crowd. So I think that’s what was exciting about this. We just got up and we went. And it was such a relief.
Emily Blunt insists she was never a “militant” bride.
The British star married American actor John Krasinski in Lake Como in 2010. Emily hadn’t thought too much about her big day before she met John. When she was planning the nuptials, Emily stayed focused but made sure she didn’t get too obsessed with the details.
“I wasn’t ever that girl that was dreaming about her wedding day,” she told Marie Claire. “I didn’t want it to be a militant, overly thought-out, overly planned affair because I think that’s when you get into trouble. Who knows what’s going to go wrong on the wedding day – the dress could rip, who knows? I was very laid-back about it and decisive.
“I don’t think I was a huge advocate of [marriage] before I met John but I am huge advocate for meeting the right person. They have to be your best friend, your everything really.”
The 29-year-old star was also quizzed on how having a husband has changed her life. Emily is adamant that women can have both a career and a happy marriage.
“Absolutely not, I think you have to have it all,” she replied, when asked if women have to choose between work and marriage. “And this is not an age where women should be waiting at home for husband and making sure the meal is on the table by seven. This is the era of equality and women flourishing and doing really well. I think you can do everything, it is possible.”
Emily Blunt is describing her OCD with a humorous wryness. “It’s very weird. It’s only happened in this past year. I’ve started getting very superstitious and fixating on things. I used to do it as a kid. I’d get these obsessive moments where I’d be in the car with my dad or something, and every time we went past a lamp-post I’d go like this…” She pauses to make six clucking noises with her tongue, flipping her head with each one to acknowledge the lamp-posts she’s mentally passing. “And my dad would be like: ‘What are you doing?’ And I’d go, ‘Sorry, I can’t…” she clucks, “…stop.”
She rolls her eyes and laughs drily. “It’s becoming an issue. I’m in the middle of the street and my dog is peeing on a tree and I’m touching it.”
Why does she think it’s happening? “I don’t know. I don’t know. I think I’m just worrying lately about my friends and family. I’m lying awake, and getting older and realising how precious everything is; losing that slightly cavalier quality you have as a teenager when you say and do silly things.”
She cringes when I quote from a 2003 newspaper article earmarking her – then a teenager – as an up-and-coming British actor to watch. “Oh-my-God, stop it! I sound like a dick!” We are sitting in the bar in Claridge’s in London – me on a sofa, Blunt on a seat opposite. She sits motionless for much of the time, only fiddling with a large topaz cocktail ring on her right hand (the left sports the biggest engagement rock I’ve ever seen). This is interesting, because her face is, by contrast, so animated. She is immensely self-deprecating. When I begin to quote, she blushes. Why is she squirming? “It’s just… I remember saying a lot of stupid things back then. I was a kid! What did I know, at that point? It was all so new and scary.” Read more…