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C Magazine: Lady Of The House

As Emily Blunt takes her career to an adventurous new level—the actress fancies the comforts of home, now, more than ever.

“Is it weird to have scrambled eggs at five o’clock?” Emily Blunt asks as she orders eggs, spinach, toast and smoked salmon. After having spent the day practicing stunts and working out, it’s not weird at all. The protein load-up is for the action movie she’s filming with Tom Cruise, All You Need is Kill, that will keep her in London and away from her home in Los Angeles until early 2013.


It’s not the first movie she has had to train hard for; when she was shooting 2011’s The Adjustment Bureau with Matt Damon, she had to learn ballet, something she describes as “being like an alien language to me.” But the whole physical process of this, her first action role, has been so strenuous she admits, at times, the thought of stepping back into a corset and bonnet—the kind she wore in 2009’s The Young Victoria—is tempting.

“Tom was in today, and when he saw I had a bruise the size of an apple, he said”—she puts on a big, deep voice—“‘Yeah Blunt! That’s what an action movie’s all about!’ He thinks it’s fun that I’m losing my indie credibility. I hurt like hell!”

Putting on voices, or accents of all shapes and sizes, is what attracted Blunt to acting in the first place: “I had a really bad stutter as a kid, and the thing that got me out of it was to imagine I was someone else—to take on a new identity via silly voice or by mimicking. It was the only way I could speak fluently.”

She admits that in her early years she was occasionally teased for it: “Kids found it funny, and I can understand. There’s a frankness to the way they say, ‘What’s wrong with you? Why can’t you just say it?’” Fortunately, her parents—her father is a Queens Counsel barrister and her mother, a former actor-turned-teacher—knew she’d grow out of it. “They were there to catch us,” she says of herself and her three siblings, who grew up in Roehampton, just south of London. “Their presence and support was what allowed me to overcome and grow out of it. The stutter got left behind in the dust”—as did a career as a Spanish interpreter.

“I know! Can you imagine?” she laughs, then puts on a Spanish accent, “Me ll-am-o Em-i-lee!” Blunt deferred university—she had planned to study Modern Language—when she landed an agent at 18. That was only a year after a teacher cast her in a play in the Edinburgh Festival. A resounding success, the fledgling actress decided to work in television and theatre for a couple of years. Director Pawel Pawlikowski gave her a big break in 2004’s much revered art-house film My Summer of Love. For the audition, he asked her to imagine her father caught in flagrante with the secretary, then pretend the whole thing was just a joke—with all the crying and laughing that might ensue.

“I walked out and called my lovely agent Ken McReddie, whom I still have, saying, ‘Oh my god, I just made such a tit out of myself!’” It was but a hint of what was to come…

[Read more in the latest C, on newsstands November 27!]

Source: C Magazine

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Behind the Cover: Emily Blunt

Watch Emily Blunt modelling for the May issue in our new Behind the Cover video.

For our May issue, Emily Blunt celebrates spring in some of the season’s most delicate, transparent looks.

Whether she’s wearing the filmiest Christian Dior Haute Couture ensemble or an embroidered Balmain bra, Blunt isn’t afraid to put herself out there fashion-wise.

‘I don’t really worry about what people are going to say about my fashion choices, because I think that at the end of the day, if you’re worried about what other people are going to think, then you kind of miss the point,’ she says in behind-the-scenes video. ‘Fashion should really just be a very personal thing.’

The cover interview, out on Wednesday, is full of endearing anecdotes from this most girl-next-door of Hollywood stars. In it, you’ll learn about Blunt’s most star-struck moment, her signature comfort-food recipes, and why she is absolutely, positively not at all like Emily, the assistant specialising in withering glares from The Devil Wears Prada.

Prepare to be charmed…

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TIME Style and Design: Peter Hapak Photographs Emily Blunt

Photographer Peter Hapak asked Emily Blunt to get into character during the cover shoot for TIME Style and Design, which relaunches this March after a three-year hiatus. It was an easy task for the British actress, who has played myriad roles—from a bossy fashion assistant to a young royal—in her career and currently stars opposite Evan McGregor and Kristin Scott Thomas in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.

“I wanted to create something that didn’t feel earthy,” Hapak says. “So I asked her to imagine that she was in outer space, where she was experiencing different noises and light and trying to get along in this new space.” Hapak, who used harsh light to bring out sharp highlights and shadows on Blunt, even likes to say he was working with two different people during the sitting. “The thing about fashion is when people walk in, they look like every other person wearing normal clothes,” he says. “But when we are working on a fashion shoot, we’re creating a stylized person, a character that completely differs from the actual person.”

The cover shoot, which took place in New York City this Februrary, was a reunion of sorts for Hapak. The selection of clothing and pairing of designers such as Prada and Stella McCartney were creatively conceived by Ali Toth and Aniko Virag, stylists whom Hapak first met in Hungary nearly six years ago. In fact, it was Toth and Virag who commissioned Hapak for his first foray into fashion photography. “I was photographing dancers and experimenting with how dancers can interpret fashion in different ways,” Hapak says. “They saw one of my series and called me to collaborate.”

Among the many outfits Blunt exhibited for their latest collaboration, Hapak’s favorite piece was a black Balenciaga hat worn by the actress on the cover. “I just loved that Balenciaga hat,” Hapak says. “And this is exactly what I like about fashion. The right accessory speaks for itself—and the entire picture.”

Source: Time