Some celebrities walk the red carpet at fund-raisers to give a charitable boost to their public personas, or because they know that there will be cameras there. Not Emily Blunt, who showed up at the American Institute for Stuttering 5th Annual Benefit Gala at the Tribeca Rooftop last night because she’s got a very personal connection to the subject: She used to be a stutterer, too.It may be hard to believe that an actress so facile with accents could ever have had a speaking problem, but as Blunt told Vulture, stuttering was a major issue for her while growing up — and in a way, she’s got her acting career to thank for helping ease her out of it.
This cause has been a personal experience for you?
Very much, yeah. I’m actually on the board for the American Institute for Stuttering. They honored me about two years ago, and since then I’ve really been a very active member for it, because I think they’re using revolutionary techniques to help people get through this really anguished struggle of having a stutter. I think they’ve had huge success with the methods that they’ve used. I wish to God I’d known about them as a kid, because I maybe would have avoided eight to nine years of it not being an easy time.
Up until what age?
I think it started to eke itself out; between the age of 7 and 14 was when it was really bad. And around 12 it was at its worst. Not an awkward age at all to be unable to speak. Some people can grow out of it. It’s easier for girls, funnily enough. Genetically, it’s more common in boys.
So what happened? Did you grow out of it?
It was a combination of a few things. One was just growing out of it. Another one was gaining some kind of confidence. I had a really amazing teacher at that age, when I was 12, and he was really kind and helpful and encouraged me to be in the class plays, which previously I had no interest in being in ’cause I couldn’t talk. He said, “Well, why don’t you try it in a different voice? Try to do a funny voice or an accent. Maybe that would help.” But it really did, I was actually able to speak fluently. Once you’re able to hear yourself speak fluently, albeit in a ridiculous accent, you gain the confidence to think this could happen again and again. It was easier after that night, of that school play. It all became a bit easier.
You sawThe King’s Speech, no?
I did. I absolutely loved it. It was the most authentic portrayal of a stutterer I have ever seen. I spoke to Colin about it and was in wonderment how he managed to do it. Apparently the screenwriter had also had a stutter, which was really helpful. He really managed to capture that hesitancy, that vocal-cords-locking-out syndrome that happens. What’s exciting about what Colin did was he actually put a face to stuttering, actually opened up people’s minds around the world to the plight of someone who has one. So I think a lot of stutterers are very grateful to that film and the awareness he brought.
Anything in particular you could relate to?
Yeah. Public speaking, that kind of thing. In a smaller way, I was asked to read out a poem to my class, which was terrifying. And it’s all relative. I wasn’t reading a speech to the entire country, but I was reading a poem to my class. But, equally terrifying, in a way.
And you’re about to make a dark comedy with Colin?
This autumn, yeah. It’s a very strange, beautiful film. Just me and him, effectively. [Laughs.]
What’s it been like filming in Michigan?
I like it! I mean, we’re filming in Ann Arbor, which is a college town, so there’s lots of fun restaurants and bars, and it’s a sweet little place. I’ve actually really liked it. Midwesterners are very friendly. They’re nice peeps.
Someone on Twitter saw you on a moped earlier today.
Out on what? Yes, yes! God, Twitter isterrifying. It terrifies me in that way! We did. We went and got meatballs on our Vespa. This place is amazing, we’ve just discovered. The Meatball Shop. The Lower East Side. The best. So good.
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John Krasinski and Emily Blunt make for one good-looking couple, that’s for sure.
So are the two, who tied the knot last July, ready to pass on their genetically gifted DNA by having kids…
“No, we’re definitely going to wait on that,” Krasinski told us recently at the Hollywood premiere of his new romantic comedy Something Borrowed. “I mean, hopefully we will at some point. [But] we’re waiting and definitely enjoying the honeymoon period if that’s what we can call it… It’s been a blast and I am so happy.”
So how big of a brood do they want?
“Definitely small,” The Office star revealed.
Speaking of little ones, Krasinski dished to us on his upcoming role in the star-studded—and kid-friendly—Muppets flick.
“The Muppets for me, it was probably me nagging Jason Segal over and over and saying, ‘If I’m not in that movie, I’ll actually kill him,’ ” Krasinski joked. “And he was nice enough to do that. I’m in a tiny part… with a couple of Muppets. It was awesome.”
We were a big fan of Rian Johnson’s teen noir Brick (albeit less of his indulgent Rachel Weisz-as-manic-pixie-dream-girl joint The Brothers Bloom), and it’s nice to see dude going futuristic, especially with these stars. FilmDistrict has just bought the rights to Johnson’s sci-fi Looper, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who played the protagonist in Brick, plus Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt and Paul Dano.
The Looper plot, via The Wrap:
Willis and Gordon-Levitt play the same character at different points in time. The film is set in the future, when a crime syndicate sends its victims back in time to be killed and disposed of. Gordon-Levitt plays the killer, but who then learns that one target, Willis, is a future version of himself.
Okay, so this sounds kind of like a meta-Minority Report. We trust Rian Johnson’s instincts, but we kinda wonder what Emily Blunt’s role is in the film. She told MTV’s movie blog that she plays “a really tough girl, sort of Midwestern, lives on a farm, [who] wields an ax and shoots a gun…” and describesLooper as set in a “post-apocalypto time travel, time-traveling world where it’s a dog-eat-dog world… And it’s set in sort of 2050 or 2060, that sort of time, when the world has gone to s***.”
Assuming the world doesn’t end on May 21st, 2011, we’ll check out Looper. You?
It sounds like the plot of a romantic comedy: John Krasinski wasn’t looking for love – but then he met Emily Blunt.
The Office actor, 31, says he knew right away when he met the actress, whom he married last July, that she was special.
“It was one of those things where I wasn’t really looking for a relationship and I was thinking I’m going to take my time in L.A.” Krasinski says on Wednesday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “Then I met her and I was so nervous. I was like, ‘Oh god, I think I’m going to fall in love with her.’ As I shook her hand I went, ‘I like you.’ ”
Krasinski – who currently stars in the romantic comedy Something Borrowedwith Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin – calls married life “awesome” and “amazing.”
He jokes that he wanted to pop the question to Blunt before she realized she could find an even better catch.
“I was like, I’m going to propose to her real fast before she wakes and was like, ‘What am I doing? I can have anybody,’ ” says Krasinski. “I was like, just put [on] this the ring. Shhh…”
On a serious note, Krasinski says their chemistry was immediately apparent. “It’s one of those things where as soon as you meet someone you kind of know.”
Asked if Blunt, 28, also knew Krasinski was The One, he says, “She says she does. So I’m going to take that as a yes.”
Krasinski and Blunt began dating in 2008 and got engaged in August 2009.
Two of my favorite Brits are about to move in together — as a pair of onscreen squatters. Colin Firth and Emily Blunt will star in an untitled dark comedy, in which Firth plays a man who’s down on his life and wants to reinvent himself. His family hates him and he hates his job, so he fakes his death and picks up a new identity. Afterward, he meets Blunt’s character, a woman who’s also looking for a fresh start. Together they break into vacant homes and pose as the owners, eventually becoming friends. So natural is this pairing that I’m surprised it took this long to get them together. Is it too much to ask that they fall in love too?