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…
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…
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…
The first Queen Elizabeth has been the It Girl of the British monarchy in recent times in Hollywood. Queen Victoria now gets royal treatment with a fresh film biography starring Emily Blunt as the empire’s longest-reigning ruler in her early years.
“The Young Victoria” is good, old-fashioned period drama — not terribly lively, not terribly insightful, but rich in pageantry and fine moments of drama, the whole show hinging on a beguiling performance from Blunt.
We’ve see Blunt as a very modern (and often very funny) woman in “Sunshine Cleaning,” her scene-stealing turn in “The Devil Wears Prada” and other films.
She’s just as engaging as queen bee of the corset crowd, bringing endearing zest, impetuousness and imprudence to this woman who eventually would grow into a symbol of sober, imperious widowhood for much of her time on the throne.
Working from a crisp, straightforward screenplay by Julian Fellowes (“Gosford Park”), director Jean-Marc Vallee introduces Victoria at age 17, shortly before the death of her uncle, King William, (Jim Broadbent, pricelessly raving against the schemers jockeying for power in the coming succession of his niece).
Chief among the palace plotters are Victoria’s insufferable mother (Miranda Richardson) and her opportunistic counsel, Conroy (Mark Strong), who’s angling to be named regent while the heir-apparent grows into the job of queen.
As Victoria ascends to power, Blunt captures a nice balance of ambivalence and backbone, a teen raised in wallflower isolation taking her first lessons in absolute power — and recognizing that she’s got a knack for it.
These machinations are paralleled by ploys from afar as Victoria’s uncle, King Leopold of Belgium (Thomas Kretschmann), grooms his nephew and her cousin, Albert (Rupert Friend), to woo the future monarch.
If this were a fictional romance, Albert would be the unctuous pretender, a politically expedient candidate that the lady rejects in favor of true love with some dark horse suitor. Read more…
Emily Blunt gets terrified every time she steps on the red carpet because she’s so worried about making a fashion faux pas.
Emily Blunt gets terrified every time she steps on the red carpet. The ‘Young Victoria’ actress admits she’s getting worried about the impending awards season as it means being judged for what she’s wearing and doesn’t want to make a fashion faux pas.
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 recently revealed her body was left numb from filming ‘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. She said: ‘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. ‘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!’
The Young Victoria star Emily Blunt has suggested that the monarch she plays in the movie “loved sex”.
The British actress, who secured a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in the period drama, told Time Out that Queen Victoria made “highly sexed” diary entries.
She said: “I’ve done some Q&As where people have said, ‘Well, the reason that Victoria had so many children was because typhoid was very prevalent in that time’, and I’m like, ‘Or, she loved sex! Either one!'”
Blunt added that that she was surprised when first approached to play the longest-serving British monarch.
“I was like, ‘Really, guys? Really? Overweight old lady’,” she commented. “Nothing screams ‘Emily Blunt’ like Queen Victoria! But I started reading about her when she was younger, and it was sort of the polar opposite. She was so vivacious and had such a zealous approach to life. She was kind of rebellious.”
Emily Blunt lived in Vancouver for several years before moving away in 2008, but because those years were spent with her ex, CanCon crooner and die-hard Canucks fan Michael Bublé, she’s not keen to share any Vancouver memories.
In an interview with theGeorgia Straight in a downtown hotel room during the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival, the 26-year-old British actor—best known for her role inThe Devil Wears Prada—explains, “I think when you move on from a chapter of your life, you just move on to the next one, so I’ve never been one to reminisce that much.”
In The Young Victoria, which opens Friday (December 18) in Vancouver, Blunt plays the title character in a story that begins just before Victoria became a teen queen at age 18. The film, a mix of love story, political intrigue, and family drama, was scripted by Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park) and produced by the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson. It seems like the perfect BBC–sponsored costume drama—but the director was Quebec’s Jean-Marc Vallée, making for a totally out-of-left-field follow-up to his smash hit C.R.A.Z.Y.
“Jean-Marc created an atmospheric set that was really transporting,” Blunt says. “Just the way he had the set: he’d have music playing, but modern music… I think he wanted this to be a relatable film, and I think often period films can distance people, as they’re quite stuffy. So he was wonderful in that way.”
Blunt says the spark for the film came from Ferguson. “I think she had very much been within that world, so [she] understood it and understood the pressures of it—feeling like an outsider. I think she very much had a certain sympathy with [Prince] Albert, or empathy with Albert and what Albert went through by not being entitled. He was never allowed to be king and was constantly being usurped by his wife. But I think she [Ferguson] was really excited to have the idea and then hand it over to us.”
For Blunt, the excitement came from having the chance to play a character who not only ruled but defined her country. “I really was intrigued by seeing this side of Victoria which I’d never heard about, and I’d had no knowledge of. I was expecting the younger version to be similar to the older, which was sour-faced and po. But when I started reading about her, I was surprised by the joie de vivre that she had and the rebellious quality of her, and that she was strong and vivacious and loved to dance and party, loved to laugh and to eat. Obviously, I was really surprised, and hoped I could surprise other people.” Read more…