Blunt’s regal role

To people with a certain view of Queen Victoria – “that she was this old lady who waddled around looking depressed,” as someone once said – it’s an eye-opener to meet Emily Blunt. The fine-boned English actress, who plays the queen in the new movie The Young Victoria, is not only young, thin and beautiful; she is assuredly not waddling and, furthermore, she is laughing hysterically at something one of her assistants has just said.

That is not much like Victoria, the monarch who was famously not amused, but Blunt’s version is a woman not many people knew: “a vivacious, feisty girl who loved to laugh and eat and to dance,” in the words of the actress (who is also, by the way, responsible for the “old lady who waddled” characterization).

The Young Victoria is set in the years before the queen went into permanent mourning over the death of her beloved husband Albert. The movie, directed by Canadian Jean-Marc Vallee (C.R.A.Z.Y.), follows the teenage Victoria as she breaks clear of an overbearing mother (Miranda Richardson) and falls in love with her cousin Albert (Rupert Friend). A combination of romance and court intrigue, it features sumptuous costumes, stunning sets and a more intimate atmosphere than most costume epics.

It was a role that Blunt went after the minute she read the script by Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park).

“I was aware that there were surely bigger names involved, and I said that I didn’t really care and that I would love to do it and I would love for them to give me a shot,” Blunt, 26, recalled. “It was a bit demanding, and that was something that could be royal, I suppose.”

The connection between the actress – whose own sense of regal command was also evident in her role as the neurotic assistant in The Devil Wears Prada – and a queen-in-waiting is easy to translate into Hollywood terms. [Read more…]

Emily Blunt Learns To Play The Ukulele: Zac Efron Too

Emily Blunt, the ‘Devil Wears Prada’ actress – who stars as Princess of Lilliputia in new movie ‘Gulliver’s Travels’, which is based on the classic novel by Jonathan Swift – has taken up the guitar-like instrument after seeing her two co-stars Jack Black and Billy Connolly playing it on set between takes.

Emily, 26, claims she is getting good and serenades fiance John Krasinski with her favourite Otis Redding song.

She said: “I can play ‘Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay’ and that Beatles song, ‘When I’m 65′ or is it ’64’? Whatever it is. I like that one. Next I’d like to learn ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ on the ukulele.”

Emily is not the only star to have recently taken up the ukulele.

Zac Efron, 22, has started to learn the instrument after becoming interested in it while shooting his new coming-of-age movie ‘Me And Orson Welles’.

He said: “I think one thing that I’ll never forget was the ukulele instrument we had. One of the guys in the cast is really good on the ukulele so he would kind of improvise. And we would all improvise songs about people on the cast and just kind of like sing.”

Source: Post Chronicle


Emily Blunt Takes Up the Ukulele

British actress Emily Blunt has joined the world’s celebrity ukulele players after mastering soul classic (Sittin’ On) The Dock of The Bay on the instrument.

The Devil Wears Prada star recently bought a ukulele and regularly serenades fiance John Krasinski with her favourite Otis Redding tune.

She says, “I’d like to learn that Somewhere Over The Rainbow – the one that Hawaiian guy (Israel Kamakawiwo’ole) sang… It’s a beautiful version.”

Source: Contact Music

Emily Blunt Los Angeles Confidential Interview

IT’S NOT EASY to steal scenes from Meryl Streep, but Emily Blunt managed to do just that as the love-to-hate-her assistant in The Devil Wears Prada. Blunt followed up that Golden Globe-nominated role with a series of diverse and fascinating characters, and the world hasn’t been able to take its eyes off the actress ever since. (Of course it doesn’t hurt her cool factor that she’s engaged to The Office’s lovable and hysterical John Krasinski.) In her latest film, Blunt takes on none other than Queen Victoria, capturing a part of the royal’s life we don’t often see. We recently sat down with the divine Brit to talk great parts, amazing costars and staying out of the Hollywood spotlight.

Los Angeles Confidential: Tell me a little about the movie you’re shooting in New York City.

Emily Blunt: It’s called The Adjustment Bureau with Matt Damon, and it’s based on a Philip K. Dick short story that has a sci-fi element to it. But it’s supposed to be a modern love story about two people destined to be against the system—the slightly big-brother-esque system. My character happens to be a world-class contemporary dancer, and that’s hilarious because I cannot dance.

LAC: Have you had dance training for the part?

EB: Yeah. Every day I’m in dance boot camp. It’s a wonderful idea to have the girl be a dancer, but it’s very high maintenance. I’m really loving the challenge. I’m training with this amazing ballet company, and it’s been a real awakening for me when it comes to fitness. Everything hurts all the time. [Read more…]

Emily Blunt Talks About Playing ‘The Young Victoria’

Emily Blunt has a busy 2010 ahead of her, but first is spending the winter as the young Queen Victoria of England in the aptly titled indie ‘The Young Victoria.’ And reviews for Blunt’s performance in the film, which hits U.S. theaters Dec. 18, are nothing short of glowing.

“I think the challenge with [Victoria] was trying not to make her too arch and unapproachable,” Blunt told Moviefone at Thursday’s premiere of ‘The Young Victoria’ in Hollywood. “And [to] try and make her accessible for modern audiences, without losing the context of that environment. I wanted her to be slightly unreadable and ambiguous, because that is what people would say about her.” [Read more…]