Emily Blunt Reveals How She Overcame Her Childhood Stutter Through Acting, Talks Preparing For ‘Mary Poppins’ Role

Emily Blunt discusses everything from “Mary Poppins Returns” to dealing with a stutter as a child in the new issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK.

The 35-year-old, who takes on the iconic role in the upcoming flick, explains how she kick started her acting career because she struggled to “speak fluently.”

“I watched and listened… there’s always been a natural desire to walk in the shoes of others,” she reveals. “It started quite young, because it was the only tool I had to speak properly. I was that kid, upstairs in my room, trying out stuff in the mirror. But I’d never tell anyone about it. It was always very private.”

Credit: Harper’s Bazaar UK / Richard Phibbs
Credit: Harper’s Bazaar UK / Richard Phibbs

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The actress goes on to talk about preparing for the role of “Mary Poppins”, telling the mag: “Even though I’d seen the film as a child, I decided not to watch it when prepping.”

Continuing, “I decided not to be intimidated by the iconic Julie Andrews in the iconic role, and just approached it as I would any other part.”

Not ending the chat there, the British star, who now lives in Brooklyn with her husband John Krasinski and their two daughters, also speaks about her love of London.

Credit: Harper’s Bazaar UK / Richard Phibbs
Credit: Harper’s Bazaar UK / Richard Phibbs

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She shares, “I rediscovered how much I adore it. I love the attitude [there], the general irreverence and authenticity.”

“I love being back and seeing my friends and going to all the familiar places. When you grow up, it sometimes feels that version of yourself is slipping through your fingers. To rediscover something is really special.”

The January issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK is on sale from Dec. 4.



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