I have to share something. Waaaay back in 2011 I went to my very first Disney event for Gnomeo and Juliet and Emily Blunt was one of my very first interviews. She was just as funny and gracious then as she was this time around. In fact, she is even more so. James Corden is a character himself. I was a HUGE fan of him. His humor and of course his 2 episodes on Dr. Who. I mean this guy is going places. He walked into the saying, “Hi, Mums.” and had me from there. Below is a bit from the interview:
JC: I said to my wife the other- she was with our five week old baby and a three and a half year old, and I turned to my wife- this was about ten days ago at quarter to four in the morning, and I just went, you know, we’re never doing this again.
JC: She looked so tired, and my daughter’s just sucking her, and my son’s losing his shit on the Monday and (I say) so you know we’re never doing this again, right? And she went, we’ll see.
Q: So we heard about hiding and stuff while you were shooting, especially seven months. Tell us about that.
EB: Well, it’s funny because I found out I was having a baby when I found out I had the part, but I was thinking well, she’s the baker’s wife, so it doesn’t matter if I gain a few pounds. Also it’s the singing, and it’s lovely, and it’s easy- I forgot how much running around this woman does in the woods. I like body slam into Anna Kendrick like a linebacker, and she’s a tiny person. I, like, almost killed her.
Yanking Rapunzel’s hair out- she’s always running; like, we’re always rushing. So it was interesting. There was a chair onset that was written on it, Emily Bunt’s pregnancy. I often found Chris Pine sitting in it. I stood over him, several months pregnant, like that. He went, oh, do you wanna sit down, and I’m like, yes, I do.
Q: Was your morning sickness bad?
EB: I was through the first trimester by the time I came to rehearsal. I honestly was in the second trimester, like, so much energy, so elated,and then, I wrapped just as I went into the, I’m tired, I’m fat stage.
Q: So a lot of the film is about parenting methods and what happens, so did this influence how you guys parent or what not to do at all?
JC: I think there’s an honesty in the film which has made me want to be more honest with my children, like, from the get-go. I think the message in the film- the great message in the film of, like, be careful what wish for, and sometimes the very thing you wish for is not the thing that you need in a world where we seem to have told children that this happily ever after does exist, and we all know it doesn’t. That’s not to say you won’t be happy, but like that song, No One is Alone, which at the end of the film, I sort of feel like what that song is saying is, it’s two adults talking to two children saying, there’s some screw-ups coming your way, and that’s true of all of us. There’s screw-ups, and they’re coming for you, and there’s nothing you can do about it. But when they do, you might feel like you’re completely on your own in the world. You will feel like you are completely alone, and you’re not. You never will be. These things are just part of your life and what ultimately make you better and stronger. It has made me think that that’s a positive message to tell your children, that mistakes are gonna happen.
EB: And also, you said that no one is more perception than a child. They see everything, they’re like little sponges, they pick up- even babies, I’ve noticed, they pick up on your energy, they pick up on, like, if someone walks in the house that Hazel hasn’t met before, and they, and they’ve had a bad day, she doesn’t want to go to them. She doesn’t want to be around them, you know. Even from a young age, they’re so perceptive. I just feel that it’s important to teach your children that life is not always going to be easy, you know, and that is what this film is about.
Nobody goes through life unscathed. Nobody does. And actually, these fairy tales, the original fairy tales really were sort of, obviously children can’t understand the deep metaphorical meanings in these fairy tales, but they understand right and wrong, and they understand the need to make decisions, and they understand what happens when people behave badly, they get a comeuppance. You know, it’s that sort of thing that these fairy tales, I think, were created to teach children about life- warn them about life. And we’re sort of in a society where we like to coddle our children and over-tend, over-parent, over-this- there’s like ten thousand books on how to raise a kid nowadays, and it, it’s purely instinctual.
JC: Going back to that thing of being, like, I sort of feel like the only thing you can be with your children is honest. Like,we’ve got quite a bit of change coming up in our house, so like we’re moving country, and so for my son, we’re like, we’re moving country, and he’s just had this new person join our family, and he’s leaving his school and gonna start a new one.
Any one of those things are huge deals for a child. Me and my wife saw this child psychologist. I thought, we don’t wanna mess this up. She said the most amazing thing. When she just went, if your son says I don’t wanna leave or, or starts crying, or is scared of it, don’t do the thing which you might- which I think I would’ve done of go, it’s gonna be great. It’s gonna be sunny, we’re gonna have a swimming pool, we’re gonna go to the beach; she was like, don’t tell him that what he’s feeling is not valid. Say, I know, buddy. It sucks, but I promise you we’re all in it together, and I feel sad about it, too, but there might be great things that we get to do, and this is an adventure that we’re all gonna go on together and, and I was like, oh, so all you really need to do is just be honest and go, you’re not a child. You’re just a person. You are a person.
Q : One of the things we were discussing today is that we’re just really pleased about your character and just kinda fell in love with you. So you’re kinda gonna emerge as this undiscovered, like, leading man- you’re gonna be huge. So you’re starting the Late Late Show. What if you start to get all these movie offers to be, like, the hunk in Hollywood?
JC: I’ll fare. It’s an amazing sort of time for me. I’m very intent on trying to enjoy it while it’s here, whatever it is, it comes or doesn’t. Like, I’m so aware that these are transient things that will go as quickly as they arrive, in so many ways. So I just want to really enjoy it and lots of people have said to me, and I get it, like, when I decided to take on, the Late Late show, lots of people, their first reaction- and my reaction, in a sense, when I first got offered it, it was an amount of reticence of people saying, well, you won’t be able to do this, there’s a film coming and what if, you know?
EB: What if, what if, what if…
JC: After talking it through with my wife, the truth is that in this job, – there are no guarantee of anything, and you really have to go wherever the work is. There was a point in the summer, just after I got offered, and I was unsure what to do, where I was shooting in Johannesburg for, like, six weeks, Skyping my son on my birthday. I thought, this is only gonna get harder. And actually, here is someone offering me a job where I get to be creative every day, I get to have fun every day and talk to America before or more likely while they’re falling asleep and at the end of every day, I get to go home and be a present father and husband. I just don’t think there’s ever a child when they’re twenty or thirty, sitting in a therapist’s chair going, do you know, my dad was just around too much.
He, he gave me too many cuddles, and he was too much a part of my life. And ultimately, it was like, well, this is a privilege, actually, to be in this job, in this industry, because you don’t have the choice. You’ve gotta go; you’ve gotta go. Oh, there’s a tax break in Vancouver. I’ll be back in three months. Here’s a, a place where- it’s a luxury, and so that’s, that was the overwhelm- that was the thing that tipped it over, really, is just to be around, and I feel very lucky to have such an opportunity.
Great interview AND the movie is now in theaters so grab the family and hurry to see it!
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***Disclosure: I attended #IntoTheWoodsEvent My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***