C MAGAZINE – “You should see what I’m wearing right now,” confesses Emily Blunt. Just five days ago, the expectant actress stole the show as a presenter at the Oscars, flaunting her new silhouette in a custom blush-colored Prada gown. But today she’s in New York, sitting in bed in flannel pajamas, talking on the phone. “There’s not a piece of Prada on me,” she says with a laugh.
These days, Blunt is not only juggling a high-profile career, but her growing family, too. Married to actor John Krasinski since 2010, Blunt, 33, gave birth to their first child, daughter Hazel, in 2014. Now, with the arrival of their second baby on the horizon, Blunt is ready to take a well-earned break from the spotlight in the final months of her pregnancy. “The first pregnancy is the most self-indulgent thing in the world because you get massages and prenatal yoga and hypnotherapy CDs. During this one I forget that I’m even pregnant. I’m hoisting my 2-year-old around!”
Six weeks ago, Blunt wrapped production on The Girl on the Train, fall’s psychological thriller based on Paula Hawkins’ bestselling book of the same name. Blunt takes on protagonist Rachel Watson, an alcoholic recovering from a divorce who witnesses something from a train window and becomes ensnared in a mystery. The role was a demanding one that became even more challenging when the actress discovered she was expecting. “It was actually more physical than I realized, which worried me a little, but I wasn’t telling anyone until a little later on,” says Blunt. “I told a couple of people like [co-star] Justin Theroux pretty early because he and I were doing some of the physical stuff together. He’s my friend, and I think he knew anyway—you know how friends just have a feeling.”
It’s the latest in a string of action-heavy flicks for the actress, who also starred as a FBI agent in Sicario (2015) and as a soldier battling aliens alongside Tom Cruise in the sci-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow (2014). Yet her career started off on an entirely different note. Raised in a suburb of London as the second of four children to a former actress-turned-teacher and a barrister, Blunt enrolled in acting classes at an early age to overcome a stutter. In high school she was discovered by an agent, making her professional stage debut soon after in 2001, opposite Judi Dench in The Royal Family.
Critically acclaimed on-screen roles followed; Blunt went on to appear in the British television drama Gideon’s Daughter in 2005, which garnered her a Golden Globe. The following year, she landed her breakout role as Emily Charlton, the catty, self-important co-assistant to fashion magazine editor Miranda Priestly played by Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada. In the 10 years since her game-changing performance (which also earned her both Golden Globe and BAFTA nods), Blunt has continued to prove her acting chops in the likes of The Young Victoria (2009), Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011) and in 2014’s charming musical fairy tale Into the Woods.