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 more…

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‘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.

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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 more…

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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 more…

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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 more…

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Lovers of pomp, pageantry and extravagant period detail will find themselves exceedingly well served by “The Young Victoria,” a visually arresting and sneakily engrossing film about the courtship of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The movie, which stars Emily Blunt in the title role and Rupert Friend as Albert, accomplishes what the best historical fiction does: It sends viewers so gracefully into the rites and habits and language of another era (in this case Victoria’s ascendancy to the British throne in 1837, at age 18, and her subsequent marriage) that they don’t realize how much information they’re absorbing.

More than anything, “The Young Victoria” deserves kudos for dispelling the common image of Queen Victoria — that rather plump, matronly widow with the dour hankie on her head — and presenting viewers with a beguiling young woman imbued with spirit, intelligence and observant wit. Blunt, who has provided brilliant comedic support in such films as “The Devil Wears Prada,” steps regally into the role as the teenage Victoria, who as heir to the British throne has been brought up by her mother, the Duchess of Kent (Miranda Richardson), in near-pathological protectiveness. Even as a teenager Victoria isn’t allowed to walk down a flight of stairs unattended. Read more…

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Once you get past the fact that lovely Emily Blunt doesn’t look anything like the dour historical pictures of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, The Young Victoria is an appealing and well-crafted, if staid, portrait of a fascinating ruler.

Though the film moves at a stately pace, the production design and costumes are sumptuous and the ensemble cast is splendid. But the film belongs to the title character, and Blunt deftly conveys the young queen of England’s grace and burgeoning steely resolve.

When the proceedings feel muted, Blunt enlivens them. Still, the tenor is one of a dignified fresco rather than a stirring film. Read more…

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