Emily Blunt became a household name for American audiences with her scene stealing performance in the 2006 film, The Devil Wears Prada. Three years later the actress’ career has gone to new heights thanks to her role in the period drama, The Young Victoria. At first glance, the film may seem like a stuffy romance piece, but Blunt assures you that it’s so much more.
This past Tuesday, Blunt was nominated in the Best Lead Actress category for her work in Victoria and was completely taken aback. The actress is shocked that her performance has gained so much positive recognition. Before taking on the role of the famous queen, she had a pretty jaded perception of the monarch but quickly learned that she wasn’t at all what she seemed.
“I only knew the image of her as the grizzled old woman,” she says. “To read about this spicy, spunky girl who said no to the world, it was really exciting and revealing to read her diaries and her letters. She was a modern girl, refusing to conform. And I loved that.
The complex nature of the queen’s character is what makes Blunt’s performance stand out. There are so many layers to Victoria that the general public is unaware of, but we’re finally seeing them all on film. Blunt fought hard for the title role, and “demanded” that producer Graham King give her a fair shot at the part. After auditioning she eventually won him and French-Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallée over to land the biggest role of her career.
If you think Young Victoria is another boring drama, you’re wrong. Blunt presses that “It’s essentially a love story. It’s not trying to be a historical drama. If you want that, watch the History Channel.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. The Young Victoria opens in limited release on December 18, 2009.
Are you interested in seeing The Young Victoria? Do you think Blunt will win a Golden Globe for her performance?