A Minute With: Emily Blunt on being "Young Victoria"

Thu Jan 7, 2010 2:21pm EST
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - British actress Emily Blunt first captured worldwide attention in 2006's "The Devil Wears Prada" and earned a Golden Globe best supporting actress nomination for her portrayal as Meryl Streep's assistant.

She has been now been nominated for a best actress Golden Globe for her portrayal of Queen Victoria in "Young Victoria," the story of the young queen and her love for Prince Albert.

Blunt spoke to Reuters about playing the monarch, her fondness for Matt Damon and her upcoming movie, "Wolfman."

Q: How challenging was it to play an historical figure and not some invented character?

A: "She's emblematic of England, so there's that pressure because you want to do her justice. But at the same time you want to try to capture someone who is a human being and not just regarded as an archly played monarch. I wanted to people to see the humanity."

Q: How did you go about achieving that?

A: "I read a lot about her -- diaries, letters -- and I learned how expressive she was. After a while, you can hear that person's voice. The monarchy can be rather otherworldly to people, and there's a need to cover and protect them. But I think there's also a need to pull back the curtains so you can identify with them on a human level."

Q: Does the monarchy intrigue you, because outside Britain, it seems that the Royal family is all the British read about?   Continued...

<p>British actress Emily Blunt poses for photographers as she arrives for the World Premiere of "Young Victoria" at Leicester Square in London in this March 3, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor</p>