Emily spoke with the Daily Express about her accent for her role in The Girl On The Train.
EMILY BLUNT has revealed the thinking behind her character’s British accent in The Girl On The Train, despite the movie being relocated to the US.
The 33-year-old is nominated for a BAFTA for her work in the Box Office smash, which is adapted from Paula Hawkins’ widely popular novel.
Although the book was set in the UK, the film takes place in New York – but lead character Rachel Watson remained British.
In an interview to promote its release on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download, she explained the very good reason behind the decision, saying: “It’s an homage to the book, and I also think the idea is to make her seem as isolated as possible.
“So [Tate] Taylor [director] said, ‘keep your accent, that might help’.”
Indeed, “isolated” is a very good way of describing Rachel – one of Emily’s most challenging roles to date.
“When you see the movie, hopefully you’ll see why!” she laughed.
“But she is a very damaged, dark, self-loathing character. I hope I’m none of those things! It was about getting into a completely different internal way of thinking.
“In quite a physically demanding part, she gets into a few tussles.”
In addition to a BAFTA nod for Best Actress In A Leading Role, Emily is also in line to collect the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role this Sunday, January 29.
The drama was also up for Favourite Thriller Movie at the People’s Choice Awards, which it ultimately won; although it ultimately was snubbed by the Oscars.
The Girl On The Train is available on Digital Download from January 28, and Blu-ray and DVD from February 6.