Yesterday, Emily Blunt was nominated for a Golden Globe award. On Friday, The Young Victoria, the movie for which Blunt received her third nod, arrives in theaters. In the film, a biopic about the early days of Queen Victoria’s 60-plus year reign, the 26-year-old actress plays the young monarch, with all the corsets, crowns, court intrigue and ladies-in-waiting that entails. Focused on the years surrounding Victoria’s coronation, the movie chronicles the headstrong royal’s early missteps and her love affair with future husband Albert (played by a dashing, German-accented Rupert Friend). Lest this sound like the stuff of melodramatic costume dramas, you should know that Queen Victoria was famously randy, producing nine children in 21 years of marriage, and not given to sentimentality. (“An ugly baby is a very nasty object — and the prettiest is frightful when undressed,” she once wrote.)
Blunt, until now best known for her gleefully wicked turn as a snotty assistant in The Devil Wears Prada, has a busy year ahead of her: a frontrunner for an Oscar nod, she’ll be walking red carpets (with her fiancé, The Office’s John Krasinski) through March. In February, she’ll do her part to make werewolves happen, co-starring with Benicio Del Toro in gothic horror film The Wolfman. Last week we sat down with Blunt, who was sporting leather pants while curled up on a hotel room couch, to talk about The Young Victoria, dive bars and Rastafarian hats.
Do you think there are parallels between being the Queen, a person who is always being watched, and being famous now?
I think it does correlate. Queen Victoria was a celebrity of that time. We’re unfortunate that we have the internet now. You say one thing and its completely taken out of context and blown across a thousand blogs. It’s weird. I think its more suffocating now simply because of the media influence. But in her day, she was ridiculed. People would stand on pedestals and bray to the world about how bad they thought she was doing as a queen. She was caricatured in a drawing in the newspaper and she had to see that. The awareness of knowing that you’ve made a dumb move like she did – trying to overturn the government which was a rather stubborn, teenage thing she did—and the whole country turned against her, she must have felt the heat of that. She must have felt that. [Read more…]