Emily Blunt is the cover star of the March 2020 issue of Marie Claire US, on newsstands now.
As she prepares for the release of A Quiet Place II (in theaters March 20th), she opens up to the magazine about life in Brooklyn, Hollywood, and the profound impact her speech impediment – a stutter – has had on her life
Inside, she discusses the misnomers people make about stutterers, how acting in grade school helped her overcome her stutter, why all of those experiences have made her more empathetic as an adult and parent
On A Quiet Place II (in theaters March 20): “What I love is, it has deeper themes of how far you’d go to protect your family, that idea of releasing your children out into the big bad to protect them and what all parents feel.”
On the misnomers of stuttering: “The [lack of] information out there, or the way people misconstrue what it is, is the main issue. Because stutters don’t feel misunderstood. It’s not psychological. It’s not that you’re nervous, it’s not that you’re insecure, it’s not that you can’t read, it’s not that you don’t know what you want to say. It’s neurological, it’s genetic, it’s biological. It’s not your fault.”
On how acting in grade school helped Blunt with her stutter: “When I was 12, my class teacher was this really cool guy called Mr. McHale. He asked me if I wanted to do a class play, and I said no. And he said, ‘I think you can do it. I’ve heard you doing silly voices and mimicking people. So if you did it in a silly voice, would you consider doing it? Why don’t you do it in an accent?’ And that was very liberating for me as a kid. Suddenly, I had fluency.”
On her new secret talent: “I just started learning the ukulele. I don’t know if I’m talented at it, but I’m keeping it secret until I become talented at it. But I’m really loving it.”. (source)