As the female lead in 'The Wolfman,' Universal's remake of the 1941 Lon Chaney horror classic, Blunt plays opposite Benicio del Toro and Sir Anthony Hopkins, and she more than holds her own -- in dramatic scenes, on horseback, with fur flying everywhere.
Moviefone talked to Blunt about her phenomenal costars -- the goof and the Tonester, as she so lovingly refers to them -- her reality TV obsessions, keeping a low profile in a very Hollywood relationship and, yes, the importance of always wearing a bra. You might know her as 'The Young Victoria.' Or Meryl Streep's brilliantly tragic assistant Emily in 'The Devil Wears Prada.' Or maybe just as the future Mrs. John Krasinski, she of the impeccable red carpet taste. Whatever the case though, you've never seen Emily Blunt like this.
As the female lead in 'The Wolfman,' Universal's remake of the 1941 Lon Chaney horror classic, Blunt plays opposite Benicio del Toro and Sir Anthony Hopkins, and more than holds her own -- in dramatic scenes, on horseback, with fur flying everywhere.
Moviefone talked to Blunt about her phenomenal co-stars -- the goof and the Tonester, as she so lovingly refers to them -- her reality TV obsessions, keeping a low profile in a very Hollywood relationship and, yes, the importance of always wearing a bra.
What's one thing people would be surprised to learn about your co-star Benicio del Toro? He comes off as so mysterious.
Benicio is a big goof! I think people should be surprised to know that. He is mysterious ... he's kind of maintained the enigma over the years. But I'm gonna burst it by saying he is a complete goof. [Laughs] He'll hate that.
And are you already scheduled to work with Sir Anthony Hopkins again for 'Shoot the Messenger'?
No, I don't know! We both really like the script ... I don't know if that film is even happening. I mean, the script's great, I just don't know if the film's off the ground or anything. I know that Tony likes it, and I like it.
Oh, Tony ... excuse you!
Yeah ... Tone. The Tonester. [Laughs]
You were amazing as Queen Victoria in 'The Young Victoria.' Are there other real life people you'd love to play on the big screen?
Oh my god! I don't know actually. It might be cool to play [British suffragette] Emily Davison ... you know the woman who threw herself in front of the king's horse for women's rights? I could take her on!
And I think we'd all love to see you play Meryl Streep one day ...
Oh my gosh! I don't know if I could ever do that. I couldn't do her justice -- who could ever play Meryl Streep? She's phenomenal. She's a wonderful person ... she really is.
It was so lovely to hear her praise you so much after you did 'Devil Wears Prada' together. You made a lot of friends on that movie, didn't you?
I did actually! I feel like I make a lot of friends on most movies. There's always like one or two people that you take away from a movie, and their friendship becomes more than just the shared experience of the movie ... it develops into something more. And that's always really cool.
It's nice when you can be the kind of actress who people want to be friends with, because there are some crazies in this business!
There are some crazies out there! Yeah, there's some people with crazy eye out there. [Laughs]
Back to 'Young Victoria.' I think you were robbed by the Academy ...
You do? Oh, well you said it!
Were you surprised that you didn't get the Oscar nomination? And will you still go to the show?
Will I still go? I don't think so! There's no point in me going, you know? No, I was not in the least surprised. I'm very happy for those girls, really. It was not a surprise to me at all.
Maybe next time. Maybe for 'Gulliver's Travels'! When is that movie coming out already?
[Laughs] That's coming out Christmas ... I think. It's really smart and really witty. I got to play a dumb princess, and it was awesome.
You recently said you only go to dive bars to avoid the press. If you were to open your own dive bar, what would it be called?
Oh my god, that's an amazing question! What would be good? Something with Blunt ... something with Blunt could be good. I have to think about it. Why don't you come up with a few options for me?
Maybe we'll do a poll. But is that the key to staying normal? Not going to the hottest bars every night, getting caught by TMZ ...
Yeah, without a bra. Always wear a bra. [Laughs] That's the key! Benicio told me the funniest joke the other day ... I don't know if I can say it. Maybe I can. We were in Berlin and he said, "What's the German word for bra?" And I was like, "What?" And he was like, "Stoppinzhufloppin." [Laughs] It made me laugh so hard! [Laughs] He was laughing so hard -- he found his own joke so funny -- I couldn't understand what he was saying! I was like, "StoppinzhuWHAT?" [Laughs] He loves that joke.
So when you're not crazy busy working, what do you like to watch on TV?
I like 'Project Runway' at the moment. I am so into 'Project Runway' -- I love that show. I got back yesterday from the airport and just watched it, like, oh! Someone's getting the old auf Wiedersehen! I love Heidi [Klum]. Have you ever seen a pregnant woman look so good as Heidi? Always pregnant, and she always looks stunning.
Is that as far as your reality TV guiltiness goes?
I did watch a bit of 'The Bachelor,' which was riveting. I mean gross, not riveting. Well, it's so gross it's riveting. I just like seeing the human behavioral thing kind of at its worst in some ways. It's like a sick pleasure. It's so freaky -- the whole thing is so freaky.
Would you ever consider appearing on 'The Office,' opposite your fiancé John Krasinski?
If they'd have me! You need to hook me up with that.