Blunt comes of age as ‘Young Victoria’

God save the queens, and the movies about them.

Recalling Cate Blanchett’s emergence in “Elizabeth” (1998), Emily Blunt turns in a star-makingly regal performance in the first-rate period drama “The Young Victoria.”

The film, directed by Quebecois filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallee, scripted by Julian Fellowes (“Gosford Park”) and produced by Martin Scorsese and Sarah Ferguson, is a smart portrait of the 19th century chess game that is European royal political maneuvering. In particular it reveals the brokering of brides and grooms (I get it, Duchess), that goes on as the continental powers wane and the British Empire newly rises….

Read Full Article »

Emily Blunt, Discovering A Vital ‘Young Victoria’

This holiday season, make way for the Queen. Queen Victoria, that is — and not the sour, black-clad matron you think you know. In The Young Victoria, Emily Blunt plays the monarch before she took the throne — as a beautiful, sheltered teenager and then in the first flush of passion with her young husband, Prince Albert.

The actress tells NPR’s Linda Wertheimer that she got to know that younger Victoria through her diaries and her letters, and through accounts of court life that portrayed “this vibrant girl” — a budding woman who danced late into the night, and who was in all ways much in love with life.

“There were anecdotes from people at court who would say that she would laugh so hard at dinner that food would fall out of her mouth,” Blunt says. “She was a party girl — she was rebellious.”

‘He Was By Far Her Greatest Achievement’

Rebellious, because although Victoria was heir to the throne, her ambitious mother kept her isolated and largely friendless, hoping to consolidate her own influence. The princess was in many ways a prisoner of the life she was born into.

“I think it was incredibly lonely,” Blunt says. “She wasn’t allowed any privacy; she wasn’t allowed to play. She slept in the same room as her mother until she was 18. … But she was one of these very resilient girls, and I don’t really understand how she was able to be that strong in wanting what was rightly hers — which was to rule independent of anyone who had been trying to handle or control her for all those years.”…

Read Full Article »

Emily Blunt Brings An Old Queen Into A New Era

‘We didn’t want people to be rolling their eyes at the opulence of the costumes,’ ‘Young Victoria’ star says of modern spin on lead role.

Born in London, Emily Blunt was discovered by an agent at 16, overcame a stuttering problem to make her stage debut at 20, won a Golden Globe at 24 and has had high-profile relationships with Michael Bublé and current fiancé John Krasinski. Also born in London, Queen Victoria ascended to the throne at 18, overcame multiple attempts to take her birthright away, reigned over England for 63 years and married her husband and soul mate at 21.

Despite nearly 100 years of separation, there are some links between the 19th-century monarch and the 21st-century Hollywood star. So when Emily Blunt set out to make her new film “The Young Victoria,” she was determined to give the character a modern-day interpretation. And based on the Golden Globe nomination she received earlier this week, Blunt is clearly doing something right.

“[Stuffy period films] are not up your street, I get it,” Blunt recently explained. “That’s not what we were trying to make. We didn’t want people to be rolling their eyes at the opulence of the costumes, [which] swallows up any sort of accessibility. We didn’t want that, and I certainly did not want that for her.”

“I tried to approach it as the girl rather than the queen,” she said of her portrayal of the historical figure as a fun-loving teen who is legitimately scared of the people (including her own mother) planning to usurp her power. “Reading so much about her, you really see the human side of that person who’s just a girl completely in love, and in a job where she feels overwhelmed.

“That’s how I approached it,” continued the actress, who broke out in the U.S. when “The Devil Wears Prada” made her a household name. “Hopefully you can identify with [my Victoria], and it has a contemporary flair to it.”…

Read Full Article »

Busy Emily Blunt isn’t starved for work or for success

Emily Blunt is ravenous.

“This is honestly the first bad thing I’ve had to eat in a long time,” she says, slathering Devonshire cream on a scone during afternoon tea at The Peninsula hotel. “You can see why it’s become an all-you-can-eat buffet for me. I’ve been so starved.”

The 26-year-old star of The Young Victoria (in select theaters tomorrow)also reveals a set of newly sculpted arms that could rival Michelle Obama’s. “I’ve got guns now,” she says, with a mix of pride and embarrassment. “It’s kind of gross.”

And not very queenly. These tweaks to her physique and diet are the result of her upcoming turn as a ballerina in The Adjustment Bureau, not her Golden Globe-nominated performance as Queen Victoria.

“I was really surprised” by being nominated Tuesday for best actress in a drama. “I try hard to ignore any whispers of that. It’s kind of a meat market. You never know and it’s hard to predict. I just wanted any kind of buzz for a film like this. It’s hard in this climate for these kinds of films to get seen.”

The film shows how the friendship between Victoria and her first cousin, Prince Albert, deepens and eventually leads to marriage after Victoria inherits the throne at the tender age of 18 upon the death of her uncle, King William, in 1837.

Blunt says she had a preconception of Victoria.

“I only knew the image of her as the grizzled old woman,” she says. “To read about this spicy, spunky girl who said no to the world, it was really exciting and revealing to read her diaries and her letters. She was a modern girl, refusing to conform. And I loved that. She had this incredibly oppressive, lonely childhood, and yet she had the steeliness to rise above it all and become a success.”

Blunt says she was “quite pushy” about nabbing the role and “demanded” that producer Graham King give her a shot. After French-Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallée made the final decision to cast Blunt, Rupert Friend signed on as Prince Albert. “We had a great time on that film,” Friend, 28, says. “I had seen (Blunt’s) British indie film called My Summer of Love, and I thought it was wonderful. I had been watching her from afar, like a creepy stalker. I’ve been a fan and thought she was a great actress.”

Blunt says the film offers an escape and emphasizes commitment….

Read Full Article »

Emily Blunt panics before red carpet appearances

‘Devil Wears Prada’ actress Emily Blunt has admitted that she gets cold feet every time she steps on the red carpet.

And the actress says she’s getting worried about the impending awards season as it means being judged for what she is wearing and she does not want to make a fashion faux pas, Female First online reported. “I always get that panic when I step out of the car that everyone is going to hate it. I’ve had zippers that have broken too. Once when I was about to go on ‘The Ellen Degeneres Show’, my sister looked at the back of my legs and went ‘Ohmygod!’ I had a huge ladder up the back of my leg and the women on the show had to run around like chickens without their heads on to find me some new stockings,” Blunt said.

Blunt recently revealed that her body was left numb from filming her upcoming movie ‘The Young Victoria’.
The actress, who plays the former British monarch Queen Victoria in the period film, said the corsets she wore were so restrictive she couldn’t feel her body during shooting.

“I learned how to survive when they lace you tight. It takes getting used to. You must inhale so your rib cage expands. This way, after you’re all done up you can have room to breathe,” Blunt said. “After a day’s shooting, I’d instantly put on sweat pants. I needed something comfy. I needed to feel my inner organs working again!,” she added.

Source: Times Of India

Long live “The Young Victoria”

Emily Blunt shines as the tough-minded British queen in this lush, and even sexy, period romance

There’s a reason Queen Victoria, who ruled Great Britain from 1837 to 1901, inspired one of the Kinks’ most joyous songs: The band’s 1969 “Victoria” opens with the words “Long ago life was clean/Sex was bad and obscene,” a recognition of England’s stuffy, repressive past that sounds like a rebuke — until the point, in the next verse, where the songwriting brothers Ray and Dave Davies declare, with irony-free affection, “I was born, lucky me/In a land that I love.” Victoria, the country’s longest-reigning queen, spent much of the 19th century getting her country ready for the 20th, preparing, unwittingly but dutifully, for two destructive and horrific wars, for the collapse of the empire she herself helped build, even for free love and rock ‘n’ roll. No wonder the Kinks loved all she represented, flaws and attributes alike.

“The Young Victoria,” directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, with a screenplay by Julian Fellowes, isn’t technically a rock ‘n’ roll movie. But behind its historical-drama flourishes, its lush, painterly cinematography and its somewhat romanticized (but perhaps not too romanticized, at least in movie terms) love story, it has a rock ‘n’ roll heart. Emily Blunt plays the young queen, and the movie wastes no time outlining the challenges and power struggles that dogged her before and after her coronation. Her uncle, King William (played by Jim Broadbent, in a wonderful, woolly hairdo), isn’t going to be king forever, and Victoria is next in line for the throne. Her mother, the Duchess of Kent (a suitably thin-lipped Miranda Richardson), is scheming with her advisor, Sir John Conroy (Mark Strong), to seize whatever power Victoria will eventually have….

Read Full Article »

Emily Blunt’s fear of fashion faux pas

Emily Blunt feels terrified each time she needs to step on the red carpet. The Devil Wears Prada actress confessed that awards season is something she always gets nervous of , because it means she would be judged again, all over, especially her fashion choices. And this fear obviously bears little unpleasant accidents the star often has.

She said:

I always get that panic when I step out of the car that everyone is going to hate it. I’ve had zippers that have broken too. Once when I was about to go on The Ellen Degeneres Show, my sister looked at the back of my legs and went ‘Ohmygod!’ I had a huge ladder up the back of my leg and the women on the show had to run around like chickens without their heads on to find me some new stockings.”

Emily has also revealed she doesn’t like corsets much as her body is left numb from wearing those. When she was starring in The Young Victoria she had to wear extremely restrictive corsets. She couldn’t feel her body during shooting….

Read Full Article »

Emily Blunt Embarrassed By Timberlake’s Golden Globes QUI

Emily Blunt cringed when she watched Justin Timberlake announce her nomination for the 2010 Golden Globes ceremony on Tuesday (15Dec09) – because he made a saucy comment after reading out her name.

The British star’s fiance, John Krasinski, joined Timberlake for the big reveal and the pop star poked fun at The Office actor by making a passing comment to his new pal about how the couple might celebrate Blunt’s Best Actress nomination for her role in The Young Victoria.

Timberlake smiled cheekily and quipped to the crowd, “Ho ho ho! Somebody’s gonna have a good night tonight!” …

Read Full Article »