Five Favorite Films with Emily Blunt
Plus, the star of this week's Salmon Fishing in the Yemen on working with Ewan McGregor, her forthcoming comedy with Jason Segel, and reprising that Devil Wears Prada role.
Ever since your early roles it's been apparent that you have a gift for comedy. Was it always that way, or did you work at it?
I've always really enjoyed doing it. I don't know if it's something I necessarily work at, but I do make a point of trying to be in comedies, and bring comedy to roles when it's necessary. It's definitely something I really, really enjoy -- that's for sure.
Would you like to be doing more comedy?
Yeah, but I did a lot of it last year. I did Five-Year Engagement, which was a really big comedy, and then the one I did with Colin Firth [Arthur Newman, Golf Pro], which was another kind of dark comedy. So I do tend to gravitate to those roles quite a lot.
You're back with Jason Segel in Five-Year Engagement, after your cameo in The Muppets -- what's it like working together?
He's awesome. He's a friend of mine. He wrote it with me in mind -- at least that's what he told me; he's probably told five other girls the same thing. [Laughs] But yes, it was very easy working with him because we've known each other a while and we're friends. We had a trust of each other straight away, and that made it very easy to do those scenes. I think you'll probably see that. Hopefully the friendship comes through onto the screen. He's great fun.
Did that friendship lead to you reprising your Prada character in the The Muppets?
Yeah. I was actually shooting the Muppets cameo, which he had asked me to do, and then he came into my trailer and that's when he pitched me Five-Year Engagement.
Just how many "highly-strung personal assistant" roles did you get offered after The Devil Wears Prada?
[Laughs] Hundreds. I still get offered highly-strung roles. [Laughs]
So you'll only do one again for the Muppets.
Yeah. Because it was for Jason, you know, and it was the Muppets. You don't say "no" to doing a cameo in The Muppets. Those guys are icons.
Was Miss Piggy difficult to work with?
No. Miss Piggy was... Miss Piggy was quite difficult to work with, actually.
Who was worse -- Piggy or Streep?
Ah... I would say Piggy. She's more abusive. More openly abusive. [Laughs] Working with Meryl's character in Prada, she was more deathly... deathly quiet, which I think was more intimidating.
You have a couple of scenes with Kristen Scott-Thomas in this -- who's very funny, too. How was she?
She's ludicrous -- she's brilliant. She's quite intimating when you first meet her and then your realize that the best way to approach her is to take the piss out of her -- she really likes that. She's a real laugh, actually.
Looking at the roles you've taken so far, they're pretty diverse. Is there a method? Are you attracted to certain kinds of characters?
There's not necessarily a strategy, no. It's more just I'll have really a instinctive reaction to a script. I'll say, "Oh, that script I love," or "That character I love," or it scares me or it challenges me or I find it funny -- but it'll be very instinctive. It'll usually be that the movie I've just done is very different from the one that I'll do next. So I do try and vary it up as much as I can. I don't strategize movies on where I think they'll take me, or what I think will happen to me if I do them.
What was it like working with Rian Johnson on Looper?
He's phenomenal. Rian is spooky-good. I mean, I think Rian's gonna be a huge, huge deal in the industry and I think he's my favorite director that I've ever worked with. He's made a very cool, original film.
Are you a time traveler from the future in the movie?
I can't say! I can't reveal any details. I do wield a big gun. And I live on a farm.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen opens in theaters this week.