Lesser known things about Mary Poppins Returns' Emily Blunt
Award-winning actress Emily Blunt first caught our eye when she played the fiery red-headed assistant to one Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) in the hit film The Devil Wears Prada. Owning an illustrious career this year, Emily has also garnered a lot of acclaim for A Quiet Place, a film she starred in with her husband: the charmingly goofy John Krasinski also happened to both direct and write the movie.
Well, she is all set to begin 2019 with a bang, as the much-awaited family entertainer Mary Poppins Returns releases on January 4, 2019. Blunt takes on one of the most beloved Disney characters of our time: Mary Poppins, the movie is releasing in India with astoundingly positive reviews and multiple award nominations already in place.
Directed by Rob Marshall, the modern master of musical storytelling, (Chicago, Into the Woods, Nine, Annie), Emily Blunt as the new Mary Poppins has seemingly not only endeared the modern version to the nostalgic fans but also to the new generation, if the reviews are anything to go by.
The film also has the rare distinction of bagging nominations before release, with four Golden Globe nominations: Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, Best Original Score in a motion picture, Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy and Best Actor in a Film Comedy or Musical. Emily Blunt, taking on the difficult task of stepping into the role made immortal by Oscar-winner Julie Andrews has made the role her own, bagging the Best Actress nomination at SAG as well.
Before the movie releases, here are some things you might not have known about the new Mary Poppins, Emily Blunt:
1. Emily Blunt can sing!
We can hear Emily sing some magical songs in Mary Poppins Returns but this is not the first time she has sung. She has also sung for the 2014 musical Into the Woods (which was the film adaptation of the Broadway musical), and not only is she a beautiful singer, but she also is an accomplished cellist.
2. Emily’s Disney journey continues with Dwayne Johnson!
Emily will continue her magical association with Disney with next year's Jungle Cruise, starring Emily Blunt and… THE ROCK aka Dwayne Johnson! Well, we can't wait for this unconventional pairing in the action-adventure next year.
3. Emily reunites with Meryl Streep in Mary Poppins Returns
Emily will reunite with her 'Devil Wears Prada' co-star Meryl Streep who stars as Mary’s cousin, Topsy-Turvy Poppins and some fun antics onscreen! Fans are in for a huge treat to see them both back on the screen together.
4. Emily is a fierce advocate for women
Emily has always been a fierce advocate for education and young women. Emily recently spoke at Variety’s “Power of Women” event and stole the show with her words. “There are over 130 million girls missing out on an education because they have to work or they are married by the age of 12,” she said in her speech. “If women are given a voice they use it. When they are handed the purse strings, the communities thrive.” She has also raised money for education activist Malala Yousafzai.
5. She overcame an early speech problem
She overcame an early speech impediment during her childhood. “I was a smart kid, and had a lot to say, but I just couldn’t say it. It would just haunt me. I never thought I’d be able to sit and talk to someone like I’m talking to you right now,” Blunt has revealed. “I did have a bad stuttering problem as a child. I’d try to push the words out, but it was frustrating. My parents took me to speech coaches and relaxation coaches. It didn’t work. Then one of my teachers at school had a brilliant idea and said, ‘Why don’t you speak in an accent in our school play?’ I distanced myself from me through this character, and it was so freeing that my stuttering stopped when I was onstage. It was really a miracle.”
6. Blunt was the first and only choice for Mary Poppins.
Director Rob Marshall, revealed while speaking on the film: “For me, there was no one else but Emily . . . There wasn’t even a possible other choice. She’s rare in this world because she’s incredibly warm and funny, and has a great deal of vulnerability as well. And at the same time, she’s British and can sing and dance.”