Emily Blunt Talks Gender Stereotypes And Playing An Unlikeable Character In ‘The Girl On The Train’

In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Emily Blunt is dishing on her new role as the 32-year-old alcoholic Rachel with stalker-ish tendencies in the thriller “The Girl On The Train”.

Due in theatres on October 7 and adapted from the best-selling novel, “The Girl On The Train” follows the unhappy divorcee Rachel as she becomes entangled in a missing persons investigation. A blackout drunk, Rachel may or may not have witnessed the crime between two people she was voyeuristically involved with while inebriated.

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Blunt is quick to point out that Rachel isn’t exactly a “likeable” character.

“With so many movies, women are held to what a man considers a feminine ideal,” Blunts tells The Hollywood Reporter. “You have to be pretty. You have to be ‘likeable,’ which is my least favourite bloody word in the industry. Rachel isn’t ‘likeable.’ What does that mean? To be witty and pretty and hold it together and be there for the guy? And he can just be a total drip?”

“A woman is a drunk, a whore, whereas the guy’s like a partier, a player,” Blunt says of the gender stereotypes at play. “I’ve been around both women who drink too much and guys who drink too much and it’s just as ugly on the guys. It makes me crazy. I don’t think that women should be seen as any less sexual than a guy. And maybe she doesn’t want to settle down, and that’s OK. And maybe she doesn’t want a kid, and that’s OK. And she’s just happy playing the field. There’s so much judgment with women.”

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For “The Girl On The Train” author Paula Hawkins, Blunt is perfectly cast in the role.

“People say, ‘Oh, she’s way too beautiful to play her,'” she says of Blunt’s casting. “But that doesn’t matter. The thing about Rachel is her self-loathing, about what she feels about herself, and Emily really brought that out in the way she carries herself. All that damage is visible.”

Go behind-the-scenes of The Hollywood Reporter’s photoshoot with Blunt and Hawkins below.



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