British actress Emily Blunt talks about her role alongside Jason Segel in the comedy The Five-Year Engagement.
What drew her to the project and what was it like working with popular producer Judd Apatow?
So how did a class act like you get involved with the Judd Apatow crew?
Jason Segel and I have been friends for a while. I did a day on the The Muppets and he came up to me and said he’d written a project and he really wanted us to do it together.
The approach was very casual and the idea seemed very organic. There wasn’t any going through agents. It was just, ‘I’ve written this thing. I’d love it if you and I can do it’.
What were your first impressions of the script?
It had been a while since I’d read something that really captured how shape-shifting relationships can be with people who are young.
There are a lot of patterns involved, and what I loved was how it dealt with the dynamic changing between two people in a relationship, and how if one is happier than the other that affects the feelings in the relationship.
I thought it was really smart to have the guy be happier at first, then seeing what happens when the girl becomes happier and how that emasculates the guy. Then it shows how her success starts to have a bad effect on him.
I just thought it was very true to life and that there was a lot in it that made sense. I’ve met couples that have been together, engaged for seven years and never been married. They seem to deal with some of the similar issues we deal with in the film. [Read more…]