‘The Devil Wears Prada’, star Emily Blunt, is currently one of my favourite actresses! I first saw Blunt in her iconic role as Emily Charlton, in The Devil Wears Prada, which she performed so superbly! It was quite clear that she was destined for great things. The role of Emily Charlton, in The Devil Wears Prada gained Blunt, six nominations for ‘Best Actress In A Supporting Role’. She went on to win one of those at the London Film Critics Circle Awards! Personally, I would have thought she would have gained more recognition for such an awesome performance, but sadly that was not the case. However, Blunt has won a Golden Globe for ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television’ for her role in Gideon’s Daughter in 2005.
The next time I saw a film with Blunt in the cast, was when I saw, ‘The Jane Austen Book Club’ which is one of the best ‘Rom-Coms’ I have come across! Her up-tight character, ‘Prudie’, was played to perfection and was very funny! More recently Blunt’s career seems to have boomed! I’ve loved her performances in, ‘The Young Victoria’, ‘Salmon Fishing In The Yemen’, ‘Looper’, ‘My Sister’s Sister’, ‘The Muppets’,and ‘The Five Year Engagement’. To name just a few.
One particular film that I enjoyed, which has since become one of my favourite films, is ‘Gnomeo and Juliet’, where she provides the voice for Juliet! It’s a real family orientated film, and is fun for everyone to watch! It has a fantastic soundtrack provided by Elton John no less!
One of Blunt’s films called, ‘My Summer Of Love’ had Blunt in the role of Tamsin, a lesbian young woman, in a tale of deception. The film really demonstrated the wide range of acting ability Blunt possesses. Many would be shocked by her performance, as it is so unlike any of her other work. Blunt manages to completely divorce herself from her own lady-like qualities, so much so that her very dark performance seems almost real. It was an early film of Blunt’s to whit she won an Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer, which she shared with her co-star Natalie Press. She and Press also gained a special mention at Motovun Film Festival. One can see why she gained such praise, as she completely nailed that gritty performance.
Currently, she has been involved with three films, one called ‘Arthur Newman’ which will be out this year and the other two films called ‘All You Need Is Kill’ , ‘Your Voice In My Head’ which will be in cinemas in 2014. I’m very excited to see her performances in all of those films. Although I’m just as excited to see what she wears at their premieres, promotions and press occasions. This is because Blunt has the most impeccable taste in clothes, I’ve ever seen! Blunt is a true lady and that is reflected in her outfit choices. In each appearance she makes at either a red carpet event or interview she always looks immaculate. Here are some of my favourite outfit choices:
Interestingly, some might not know that the 30 year old actress is a daughter of one of highest profile barristers in the UK, Oliver Simon Peter Blunt QC. Perhaps it is her upbringing has instilled her unique lady-like manner. In each interview she takes part in, she is modest, kind and gracious and speaks so eloquently to each presenter. However, it hasn’t always been that easy for her. In an October 2008 issue of W magazine, a profile of Blunt stated:
‘Blunt developed a stutter so debilitating that she could barely hold a conversation’
Blunt was then quoted in the article as saying,
“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.”
Now, Blunt is a board member of the American Institute for Stuttering. The American Institute for Stuttering (AIS) is the only non-profit organization in the United States that offers state-of-the-art treatment to people who stutter, and support to their families. AIS also provides clinical training to speech-language pathologists (SLP) interested in acquiring special expertise in stuttering treatment.
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Blunt’s speech at the 2009 American Institute for Stuttering, Benefit Gala, is simply beautiful. It is so moving and brings awareness to her audience both there, and to those who watch her via the video of it. Her brave account of her own personal journey with stuttering, helps non stutters understand the very real, internal battle, that these people have to face on a daily basis. If you have time, it is very much worth watching.
In November 2008, Blunt began dating American actor John Krasinski. The couple became engaged in August 2009, and married on 10 July 2010 in Como, Italy.
Another incredibly important campaign that Blunt is backing is called , END7. It desperately needs our help! End7 is a project that wants to stop Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). NTDs are the stuff of nightmares. Transmitted by worms in the soil, or through an insect bite, these parasitic and bacterial infections cause horrific symptoms. END7’s mission is:
One in six people in the world, including half a billion children, suffer from neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, an initiative of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, works to raise the awareness, political will and funds necessary to control and eliminate the seven most common NTDs by 2020.
Click on the image below if you want to watch the END7 video that Emily watched.
Blunt says, “Until recently, I didn’t even know these diseases existed. The serious disabilities and suffering they inflict on the world’s poorest people is heart-wrenching. But I was inspired to join the END7 campaign because, for once, the solution is simple and available now. And the cost for treatment is so low that almost anyone can make a big difference by giving just a few centspence”.
Make a small donation here if you possibly can! Just giving £1 can treat two people!
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