Emily Blunt on A Quiet Place: ‘Our marriage was not going to overwhelm this movie’

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Emily Blunt and John Krasinski cover the latest Rule Breakers issue of The Hollywood Reporter. The photos are lovely. Although the poses are slightly contrived, they are having fun with it. Plus, they’re a handsome couple and they look so old school Hollywood. The articles claims this is “a rare joint interview,” for the couple. It’s obvious that their awards strategy is to sell their marriage. So for the push, they’re just going all in and doing joint interviews. Hopefully, once the Oscars are handed out, they’ll go back to having separate careers and just being supportive of each other’s projects.

We’ve heard the story of Emily asking to star in A Quiet Place after it had been cast before. But in this interview, they explain why this movie changed their minds about working together, because their marriage wouldn’t overshadow the film itself.

Emily Blunt almost didn’t act in A Quiet Place: Blunt was immersed in preparations for a daunting new acting project, as the magical nanny in Disney’s sequel to one of its most beloved films, Mary Poppins. The couple had two healthy young daughters, a new home in Brooklyn and careers that were thriving — separately.

It seemed like a good idea to leave it that way. So Krasinski, after secretly writing a part for his wife, abandoned his plan to ask her to play it. “I decided the safest thing to do was just have this experience on my own,” says Krasinski of making A Quiet Place. He was afraid Blunt would say no — or, in a possibility that seemed even more mortifying, that she would say yes out of a sense of wifely duty rather than genuine enthusiasm. “I didn’t want this to be the one job that she was like, ‘Listen, I don’t know if I love this, but I love you, so I’ll do it.’ ”

Why Blunt wanted to do A Quiet Place: In A Quiet Place, they play a couple trying to teach their children to thrive in a world inhabited by blind monsters with an acute sense of hearing — an idea that so resonated with them as terrified, exhilarated new parents, they deemed it worth the risk of sharing a project. “I didn’t want it to be like, ‘Oh, how adorable. They’re working together,’ ” Blunt says. “It was the only idea that had come our way that seemed bigger than our marriage. The narrative of our marriage was not going to overwhelm this movie and this amazing opportunity for him as a director, as a filmmaker, as a writer. I knew this was a big swing for him.”

The dichotomy of Blunt working on MPR and Krasniski working on A Quiet Place: “I’d come home and be like, ‘I just danced with 30 lamplighters,’” Blunt begins, in a sing-song voice. ” ‘It was beautiful!’ ” Adds Krasinski, “And I’d be like, ‘I just killed a child on page 10!’”

Blunt on deciding to take on the iconic role of Mary Poppins: As an actor, Blunt relies on instinct, which is how she settled on how to portray Mary Poppins. While heavily pregnant with Violet, “I was waddling around the house trying to figure out how she moved and spoke,” says Blunt, who settled on a version of the character closer to the imperious, slightly vain woman first created by author P. L. Travers. “What’s the point of playing Mary Poppins if you’re just going to try and do an impersonation of Julie Andrews?” It was only after she began to tell people that she had the role that Blunt felt the immenseness of it. “Friends of mine, they almost started to well up talking about her and what the film had meant to them, and that’s when I was like, ‘Oh, f-k. What have I done?’ I had no option but to Zen it out, because I’d taken this on.”

[From The Hollywood Reporter]

This makes sense to me. When a real-life couple plays an onscreen couple, it can overpower the film. That didn’t happen in A Quiet Place. John has said that he wrote A Quiet Place inspired by his fears as a parent. Of course Emily would understand what this movie meant to him. A lot of factors came together to make it a success for them. And now they’re shopping for awards, which again, I understand. But honestly, my favorite part of the whole interview was the part about Emily dancing with lamplighters while Kransinski was killing people in his script. It sounds like a conversation The Mister and I would have (who was dancing and who was killing off changes daily for us).

I also like the last bit about Emily understanding the responsibility of playing Mary Poppins. The movie is currently at 78% on Rotten Tomatoes. Most of the critique seems to be that the character is played closer to the book rather than affable like the movie. Emily is getting good notes on her performance, but people aren’t ready to give up Julie Andrews. I get that, but I am still excited for this movie.

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  1. Steff says:

    Emily’s face! She is looking like Melania here.
    Sidenote: Is it the blonde that makes her look bored and sleepy on the red carpet? Or is it just her face? I’ve only noticed it the past few years.

    • dogmom says:

      I was thinking she looks like Rosamund Pike! She looks like herself in profile in that last pic though. I’m exhausted by these two. Yes, I know I chose to read and comment, but, ugh. The thirst.

      • Lee says:

        Same dogmom, same! I always roll my eyes when couples become so oversharing. They did a movie together, I get it. It did well, I get it, she no has Mary Poppins Return to promote, but it’s too much. They look thirsty to me too at this point.

  2. Milla says:

    I was not blown away by the movie, but all actors were great, especially the girl, she made me tear up. I like them as a couple, seems like they did think it through. Good for them.
    A quiet place and get out have one thing in common: misrepresentation. They are not horror movies, they are movies inspired by real struggles. That makes them ok in my book.

  3. xdanix says:

    God, I adore these two. They’re so genuine and sweet and fun. I’m not even embarrassed to admit that the little video of the two of them playing a game that was put up with the interview made me smile ridiculously hard. (I actually prefer the screenshots from the video rather than the actual shoot, because although the photos are lovely, they went WAY too far in airbrushing poor Emily, who never even needs it! She’s just herself in the video of the shoot though, far prettier.) They’re just lovely, and I hope for all the success for them. You get the sense that they’re the rare couple in Hollywood that wouldn’t let it impact them too much.

  4. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Mary Poppins slightly vain. Riiiiiiight. Even as a child I wanted to shove a spoonful of sugar down her practically perfect throat. They should make a film about the two characters I loathed growing up. Poppins and Pinocchio… The Nose Covered in Soot.

  5. Lolly says:

    I may be the negative Nancy of the group this morning and just eye roll my way out of here. I absolutely loved them separately and was happy to see when they got together. I’m sad that they annoy me now. I hate this sickly sweet, I’m just so in love with her/him, persona they’ve put up. Cool of it’s true, but let’s not use it to make movies, covers, awards.

  6. Maggie says:

    She is starting to look like Faye Dunaway and its very odd. She’s so beautiful, but the blonde and the makeup are not working.

  7. AnnaKist says:

    Mmmmmmm. He is so yummy. That’s all I have.

  8. fifee says:

    In that second photo (skyline one) all I can see is John’s face transposed onto someone elses body … strange! They’ve done something awful to Emily’s eyes too, wish mags would quit with this crap.

    • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

      Omg! Now I can’t unsee it and I’m lmao. It’s like any second it’ll stop buffering and he’s gonna start dancing.

  9. AG-UK says:

    She is talented but her teeth are so white and big they sort of distract me. I liked him in Jack Ryan and loved her in Sicario. That’s me done.

  10. Lizzie says:

    she is groomed by the streicher sisters and i HATE it. they suck. her brows are too bold and her hair color is all wrong. they make people look simultaneously twee and severe.

  11. Mullethead says:

    “Rule Breakers”!! 😂 These two are the most thirsty, rule-toeing game players about right now!

  12. Sash says:

    The bad thing about using your marriage as an award season pusher is you can’t walk it back. Your relationship is now a permanent part of your brand. Hopefully they know that.

    And I really hope their relationship is as sweet and loving as it appears.

    • mushroomcoffee says:

      I believe they’re solid. I think a lot of these genuine couples would really prefer not to, but when it comes down to it, a $130 million movie (Mary Poppins) is riding on your name. The temptation to pull out all stop is too strong to resist. Fear-based industry but you’d probably get an adrenaline rush. Because of the favourable reviews and the kiddie-friendly franchise thing, I think this movie will do very nicely although some people don’t like Emily. Plus the awards push for AQP…

  13. Gigi La Moore says:

    They are doing their job. This is what they are supposed to be doing to sell their movies. I work on reports, they do this.

    • Jamielle says:

      Exactly…these people are actors in major motion pictures and with that comes the obligatory rounds of press pushes. I’m sure it’s in their contracts, they have to publicize the film and do the press junkets. They don’t control the headlines. They may as well make the best of it, have fun, and if they are comfortable with details of their relationship being out there for us to consume, use it to promote. I don’t think that what they doing is necessarily “thirsty” as opposed to part of the business.

    • Original T.C. says:

      Sure they are selling the movie as their job but I think it’s the wrong angle for awards. For the public to see it ? Yes. But not cynical academy voters. It comes across as too twee. I think it works better if they had separate interviews even if they bring up their marriage. They are then seem as individual artists instead of the guy who makes movies for his wife to appear in. See Jud Appatow.

      Anyway his nose is so distracting I don’t see him as a future movie leading man. A writer and director sure. His pictures are shot in an angle to make the nose less prominent but then it looks fake.

      • Gigi La Moore says:

        They are pushing a movie they were both in. Interviewing together works in this case. Nothing they are telling us about their marriage is the real story anyway, just a bunch of sound bites that they all do when they are doing the job of pushing their films.

  14. elle says:

    Dear Emily,

    I don’t think your marriage is going to overwhelm anything.

    Signed,
    Less and Less a Fan

  15. Pandy says:

    The day you put a movie or acting as needing to be more important than your marriage is the day I start my countdown to it’s dissolution …

  16. Tori says:

    I think these two are rather hot!

    • mushroomcoffee says:

      I like both of them and I like how he seems to respect she’s really the alpha in the relationship.

  17. lucy2 says:

    I enjoyed A Quiet Place and thought she was great in it, but this joint cover/article would have made sense then…not now when she’s promoting Mary Poppins. It’s kind of weird he’s part of the promotion for a movie he’s not in.

    • mushroomcoffee says:

      A double effort for the couple – for both Mary Poppins (box office) and AQP (for the awards season).

    • mrsodie says:

      It’s the Oscar campaign. I know A Quiet Place is hoping for nominations because it’s in my screeners. You kinda laugh sometimes when you get a screener thinking, “Really? You thought this would get noms?” (exhibit A: the screener for By the Sea showed up in the mail and I straight up laughed).

      But I think it has a chance to get all the sound editing noms, if only for the irony jokes the host will be able to make.

  18. Shelley says:

    I think she is incredibly beautiful, sexy – like ASPIRATIONAL looking. IYKWIM? And with her hair being blonder, she looks just like a gal I used to work with.

  19. Tw says:

    Fillers in her cheekbones. Same at Taylor Swift and Kendull. Oh, and a shit-ton of Botox.

    • mushroomcoffee says:

      They all have to stay so skinny that they’re encouraged to get artificial stuff for the chest and face, etc. If you saw them in real life you’d probably be stunned at how thin they all are. But I think there quite a bit of photoshoot going on in this photo spread as well.

  20. Julie says:

    The retouching on her face in these is out of control. She doesn’t look like that in actuality if you watch interviews with her. Also was lucky to meet her in person once, and can confirm this first hand.