As part of their new cover story Emily talked with Entertainment Weekly about why she enjoys working with women.
The Girl on the Train is a film about women, and not just its titular character, Emily Blunt’s alcoholic divorcee Rachel Watson. The story also delves into the minds and problems of Megan Hipwell (Haley Bennett), the mysterious stranger Rachel watches from her train window each day, and Anna Watson (Rebecca Ferguson), Rachel’s ex-husband’s new wife.
Women ruled behind the scenes, too – with a script by Erin Cressida Wilson and cinematography from Charlotte Bruus Christensen, among others on the crew. “It was actually a really fabulous environment on this film, really enjoyable to be around that much female energy,” Blunt tells EW. “And [director] Tate [Taylor] really loves women – I think he prefers working with women, so it was cool.” (Taylor’s best-known film to this point is 2011’s The Help, which featured an all-star cast of actresses.)
Many of the film’s most intense scenes were shot on a handheld or steadicam, which Christensen would hold just inches from Blunt’s face. “It was the most visual film I’ve ever done,” Blunt says. “It felt like she and I did a dance the whole movie.” Blunt says she felt completely supported by Christensen, and that Christensen could feel where Blunt was going emotionally in any particular scene. “I’d see her adjusting and moving in in certain moments, like when Scott [Luke Evans, who plays Megan’s husband] says, ‘You don’t even know Megan, do you?’” Blunt says. “I could feel her going in [with the camera], and you just know how that’s going to look on the screen.”
It wasn’t just The Girl on the Train that reminded Blunt how much she enjoys working with women. While shooting The Huntsman: Winter’s War with Charlize Theron and Jessica Chastain, the three women ended up comparing their experiences and coming to the same conclusion.
“I love working with women,” she says. “We were all talking one day, and Charlize was like, ‘Do you know what’s funny is I think sometimes, whether it’s the media or just society, [people] like to paint the picture that women sort of bitch about each other, and women are competitive and jealous and vying and watchful of each other,’” Blunt remembers. “And she said, ‘And you know, the only issues I’ve ever had on set have been with a dude.’ And I would agree. The only time I feel like I’ve rolled my eyes at somebody I’ve been working with, it’s been a guy.”
“It’s just been my experience that I’ve gotten along with every woman that I’ve worked with,” she continues. “I have not felt any preciousness or hierarchy or anything like that. I’ve just never had an issue! And Charlize was [also] like, ‘I’ve never had an issue.’”
After a string of increasingly dark roles including Edge of Tomorrow (2014), Sicario (2015), and Oct. 7’s hotly anticipated The Girl on the Train, Emily Blunt is ready to lighten up. “I enjoy the challenge to be versatile… [but] I want to find the silliness again,” she tells EW.
And her next major role will be a big departure from The Girl on the Train: She’s stepping into Julie Andrews’ iconic shoes as Mary Poppins in Rob Marshall’s Mary Poppins Returns, currently slated for a December 2018 release. “I feel a little more trepidation with this [character] because she’s so emblematic of people’s nostalgia,” Blunt says. “It’s such an important character in people’s childhood.”
While Andrews’ version of the magical nanny was sweet but firm, Blunt says her Mary Poppins will be slightly different — closer to the character from P.L. Travers’ original series. “We’re delving into the books a lot more,” she explains, “which is a different version of the character, I’ll say that much.” When she’s reminded that book Poppins is slightly tougher than fans of the 1964 film might expect, Blunt gives a coy smile: “She’s a little meaner, yeah.”
Blunt hadn’t yet spoken to Andrews when she sat down with EW in early August, but Mary Poppins Returns director Rob Marshall had — and he relayed the experience to her. “Rob said he was in the Hamptons, and he saw [Andrews], and he said, ‘It’s top secret, but Emily Blunt’s playing Mary Poppins,’” Blunt recalls. “And she went, ‘Oh, wonderful!’”
“I felt like I wanted to cry,” she says. “It was lovely to get her stamp of approval. That took the edge off it, for sure.”
EW.com has released two new set images of Emily on the set of her new film The Girl On The Train. I have added them to our gallery.
Entertainment Weekly gives us information on a scene that was added to the screenplay!
This post contains spoilers about The Girl on the Train
The Girl on the Train is a dark novel — full of alcoholism, adultery, and violence — but Tate Taylor’s film adaptation, in theaters Oct. 7 and starring Emily Blunt, is even darker. And there’s one brand new scene in particular that’s sure to chill viewers to the bone, and likely will become one of the most memorable of Blunt’s career.
Rachel Watson (Blunt) is spiraling out of control in a bathroom at Grand Central Station. Every day she’s been watching a perfect couple, Megan and Scott Hipwell (Haley Bennett and Luke Evans), from the commuter train she takes into New York City. They’ve renewed her hope in love after her own marriage has disintegrated. But earlier today, she saw something that’s sent her into an explosion of fury: Megan was with another man.
In the bathroom, Rachel careens into a martini-fueled rage, violently smearing lipstick across a mirror with both hands and screaming her desire to storm into the Megan’s house and grab the woman by the hair. “I would just smash her head all over the floor!” Rachel shrieks, voice cracking. Rachel has hovered just above her breaking point for weeks — but now, she’s finally shattered.
“It’s the peak of her unhingedness,” Blunt tells EW. “It couldn’t be sad, it had to be angry. You had to imagine that she could be capable of doing dangerous things.” She remembers shooting three or four takes, but she and Taylor knew they’d struck gold on the second one.
“I thought I was finished, but then there was just a little bee in my bonnet,” Taylor says. “I was like, ‘Goddamnit, she’s good, but…’ And I go, ‘Emily, let’s do it again! Now I want you to smear the lipstick all over the mirror!’ and she was like, ‘Oh my god, let’s do it!’”
For screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson, creating this new scene for the film gave her an intriguing way to play with technology. Before the lipstick-smearing explosion, Rachel tries to take a selfie with a stranger-turned-drinking buddy, but accidentally takes a video – and leaves the phone filming from the counter during her breakdown. “She ends up recording what seems to be a testimony of a crime,” Wilson says. This apparent evidence seems increasingly damning when Rachel wakes up the next morning covered in cuts and bruises but with no memory of the night before – and according to the news, Megan has gone missing. It’s no wonder that Rachel’s greatest fear is herself.
Emily is featured on the cover of the new issue of Entertainment Weekly. EW did a cover story on her new film Girl on the Train. Get a sneak peek below!
It feels like just yesterday Paula Hawkins’ 2015 thriller The Girl on the Train sped onto millions of bookshelves and Kindles, topping best-seller lists and, possibly, inciting readers to regard fellow commuters with more suspicion than usual.
But DreamWorks, which bought the rights to the book in the spring of 2014, wasted no time in jumping onto Hawkins’ tracks. The film adaptation of The Girl on the Train was set into motion quickly, with director Tate Taylor (The Help) and star Emily Blunt (Sicario, Edge of Tomorrow) at the helm. On Oct. 7, movie-going audiences will get to know Blunt’s devastatingly destitute version of Rachel Watson, an alcoholic divorcee who creates an intricate fantasy life for a beautiful young couple she sees out the window every day while commuting into New York City. But one morning, Rachel sees the woman, Megan Hipwell (breakout star Haley Bennett), with another man — and shortly after that, Megan goes missing. With nothing else to do and an irrational attachment to the couple, Rachel inserts herself into the police investigation — but an addict with memory lapses doesn’t make the most reliable witness. Especially not when the missing woman lives a few houses down from Rachel’s ex-husband, Tom (The Leftovers’ Justin Theroux) and his new wife, Anna (Rebecca Ferguson).
“I read it, and I loved it,” Blunt says of the book and the subsequent script. “I was completely sucked into it and thrilled by the idea that your protagonist was a blackout drunk. That’s very unusual. Especially in cinema, to have a woman who’s just so messed up at the forefront of the film.”
While unreliable narrators like Rachel and Gone Girl’s Amy Dunne are carrying best-selling novels, it’s still rare, as Blunt notes, for a screwed-up, damaged, and downright frightening woman to be the star of a film. So the casting challenge for Taylor and the Train producers was to find someone who could deliver a nuanced, believable performance — without losing the audience’s trust. Blunt fit the bill perfectly, and her explosive portrayal of Rachel is certain to be a career-defining role.
For more on The Girl on the Train — including the hair-raising, terrifying scene that’s not in the book and why the story moved from the U.K. to America — pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday, or buy it now. Check back on EW.com for even more Train scoop – and don’t forget to subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW.
I love when John talks about Emily and I think this is adorable!
As you may have heard John Krasinski recently told Elle magazine that his favorite romantic comedy of all time is his wife Emily Blunt’s iconic fashion flick The Devil Wears Prada.
But do you know how many times he claims he’s seen the 2006 movie?
“There was one day when it was on and I said it was so good and Emily said, ‘Have you seen this movie?'” Krasinski remembered when I sat down with him yesterday while he was promoting his latest film The Hollars.
“I said, ‘A lot of times.’ She said, ‘That’s so sweet, but how many times?’ Luckily, we had been dating for about a year so there was a lot of trust built up and I said, ‘Like 75.’
Krasinski wasn’t so forthcoming in the early days of their romance. “We had just started dating and she had come over to my house. She popped by in between some things and I was watching it,” the 13 Hours star said. “She opened the door and I flipped the channel and she looked at me like, ‘Were you just watching porn?’…I think it was better for me at the time for her to think I was watching porn than watching The Devil Wears Prada for the seventy-fifth time.”
John spoke to People during some recent press for his new film The Hollers about Violet & Hazel.
John Krasinksi‘s new life as a dad of two girls has no doubt been a bit of an adjustment. But at least his older daughter Hazel is doing just fine with not being an only child anymore.
“She’s an amazing big sister,” The Hollars star, who welcomed daughter Violet with wife Emily Blunt in June, tells PEOPLE of his 2½-year-old little girl. “It’s a great age because she’s still young enough to not feel competitive with the baby, but still old enough to recognize how adorable the baby is. I think she’s in heaven.”
Is there something that Hazel does with her sister that’s especially cute? (Spoiler alert: Of course there is.)
“Honestly, just a hug is heartbreaking,” adds the proud dad, 36. “When Hazel gives a hug to Violet, right there in that moment you can see this huge relationship that will last much longer than I’m around … it’s so beautiful.”
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Krasinski, who was recently revealed to be playing the titular character in Amazon’s upcoming Tom Clancy-inspired series Jack Ryan, shared that Hazel is developing quite the personality.
“She’s a big talker, she can be very chatty,” he says. “She’s in her own little world, and we love being in it.”
The actor admits that he and Blunt, 33, definitely have a girly girl on their hands (according to Krasinski, Hazel is into “all the girly stuff”). But she is also showing signs of a budding artist.
“She’s really just mostly into drawing right now,” Krasinski shares. “She’s very creative, so it’s very sweet.”
Hazel isn’t quite to the point where she recognizes her parents’ voices in animated films they’ve done, but the star of this summer’s dramedy The Hollars — a film he also produced and directed, which premieres Friday — says his daughter definitely knows something is up.
“When she saw a poster for 13 Hours, she was like, ‘Daddy,’ ” Krasinski says, mimicking his daughter pointing. “She knew that was me on the picture, but I don’t think she knew why my picture was on a bus stop or a bench.”
The actor admits parenting two kids helps him keep in shape with the physique he notably acquired to play his character, former Navy SEAL Jack Silva.
“It’s a great inspiration to stay in shape. Hazel is the perfect example — [even] in the last two years, it’s harder and harder to pick her up,” he says, adding that he and his little girl take bike rides together now that she’s old enough, with Hazel on the back of the bike, and that she “absolutely loves it.
“I don’t want to pick up my kids and throw my back out,” Krasinski continues. “It’s nice to stay in shape because it allows me to keep up with them.”
John Krasinski, the Newton-bred actor who stars in the upcoming film The Hollars, just taught America an important lesson in marriage: Love means never having to say you’re sorry for defending the youthful complexion of Leonardo DiCaprio.
On Tuesday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Krasinski revealed the truth behind why he started cooking for his wife, actress Emily Blunt, after 36 years spent on this planet never cooking, ever. And it has everything to do with fellow actor DiCaprio’s seemingly improbable mature age.
“We made a stupid bet, and I lost,” Krasinski said. “The bet was, Emily said something about Leonardo DiCaprio being 41, and I said, ‘How dare you?!’ And I said, ‘That cherub of a man’ — I think that was my quote — ‘That cherub of a talent can’t be more than 28.’ I said he’s not over 40, [that] was my thing. She said, ‘If I’m right, you have to cook for me every Sunday. And if you’re right, you get to play Call of Duty once a week. So I thought, ‘Here we go. This is the good stuff.’”
Turns out, DiCaprio is indeed 41.
However, Kimmel said that he was at Krasinski’s house the other night, and Blunt did all of the cooking.
Okay could these two be anymore adorable?
And that he cried when he first heard her sing
John Krasinski may be a famous television and movie star, but he maintains that he accomplished his most noteworthy success on the day he married Emily Blunt.
“That is legitimately my greatest achievement, and I’m OK saying that,” he told the Huffington Post during a recent interview.
The 36-year-old actor went on to talk about how impressed he is by his wife’s talent at the Thursday night premiere of his new film The Hollars, revealing he cried the first time he heard her sing. “I came to visit and they were doing the pre-records on Into The Woods, and I remember [director] Rob Marshall turning to me and he said, ‘It’s so great,’ and I said, ‘Yeah, I’ve never seen her sing,’” he told Entertainment Tonight. “Rob Marshall did the slowest double take of all time and then queued a 125-piece orchestra and she started singing and I just wept.”
And of course, he also gushed about his two children with Blunt, daughters Violet and Hazel. “All the clichés of parenting are true and you feel all sort of new things,” he said. “[Hazel’s] amazing. She really loves the baby and I think there is this idea of, ‘Oh my God, she is adorable.’ I mean when a 2-and-a-half-year-old hugs a newborn baby it’s one of the cutest things you will ever see.”
Last night Emily attended a special screening for John’s film The Hollars in New York City.
Emily looked beautiful in a white David Koma White Cutout Dress with Geometric Metal Detailing and Flounce Hemline which she accessorized with Metallic Strappy Sandals by Tory Burch.