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“I’m Much More Relaxed Now in Life ”

Award-winning actress Emily Blunt tells us why her Hollywood career isn’t as important to her as being close to her loved ones, and why playing flawed heroines is appealing

Emily Blunt


Emily Blunt is funny and sweet. She is the polar opposite of the uptight, snobby character of the same name that she played in The Devil Wears Prada, a role that turned her into an instant star. She laughs at every opportunity and has a charming, disarming way of winking and smiling right at you.

Last year, the Golden Globe award-winning actress, 33, gave what was arguably the best performance of her career as an FBI tactical squad leader in Sicario – a role for which many industry observers believed Blunt deserved an Oscar nomination. Her new film, The Girl On The Train, may well correct that oversight.

Based on Paula Hawkins’ best-selling thriller of 2015, the film stars Blunt as depressed alcoholic Rachel Watson, who spends her morning commute fantasising about the life of a couple she observes with obsessive curiosity. When the wife disappears, and Rachel has only a confused memory of what she may or may not have seen, the resulting police investigation draws her into a deepening mystery, and puts several people, including Rachel, under suspicion. ‘Rachel is one of the most challenging roles I’ve ever played,’ says Blunt. ‘She’s damaged, she’s depressed, she’s struggling with alcoholism, and she has a voyeuristic obsession with this couple whom she sees from the train every day. From a psychological standpoint, this was probably the most intense role that I’ve ever had to play.’

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