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07th Apr 2024

Emily Blunt shares the three words that make her refuse a role instantly

Ryan Price

The Oppenheimer star revealed the criteria by which she chooses her roles.

Emily Blunt is an actress known for her versatility and has been a standout performer in some of the most iconic films of the last decade or so.

The London-born actor’s first on-screen appearance came in the 2004 British drama My Summer of Love, however the performance most will first recognise her from came the following year when she played Meryl Streep’s assistant in The Devil Wears Prada, from which she earned a BAFTA nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

Since then, she has starred as a protective post-apocalyptic mother in A Quiet Place, which was directed by her real-life husband John Krasinski, as well as a modern Mary Poppins.

In the last few months, she earned an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of Katherine Oppenheimer Vissering, wife of infamous theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer.

In an interview with Grazia, the 41-year-old revealed that the parts she is most inclined to reject are those that feel too ‘stoic’ or old-fashioned to her.

She even whittled it down to three words, that if she sees them on a script, it’s an immediate no.

What are those three words I hear you ask? “Strong female lead”.

“It’s the worst thing ever when you open a script and read the words ‘strong female lead’,” she saidadding that it instantly feels like a snooze.

“That makes me roll my eyes—I’m already out. I’m bored.”

“Those roles are written as incredibly stoic,” she explained. “You spend the whole time acting tough and saying tough things.”

Blunt just recently starred alongside Ryan Gosling action comedy film The Fall Guy, where she plays an aspiring director and the protagonist’s romantic partner.

Initial reviews for The Fall Guy have been largely positive, and it currently holds a Rotten Tomatoes score of 90 per cent (based on 20 reviews).

IGN said that whilst the film may be “wanting in some regards”, it has “flair” and “oozes star power.” The review also praised Gosling’s performance as “his most accomplished comedic work yet.”

Rolling Stone wrote: “This adaptation of the 1980s TV show has car chases, explosions, fights and other action-movie staples. But all it really needs is Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt.”

In another positive review, the Hollywood Reporter described The Fall Guy as a “rare big studio film that feels human,” highlighting the performances of Gosling and Blunt as “a true delight” and praising the film for its “genuine heart.”

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