Despite indelible performances as Anne Hathaway’s tormentor in “The Devil Wears Prada” and as Tom Hanks’ seductress / underwear model in “Charlie Wilson’s War,” Emily Blunt remains a household-name-in-the-making probably because she’s such a chameleon.
But the star, as they say, is on the rise: The London-born actress can now be seen as a savvy publicist in “The Great Buck Howard”; as Amy Adams’ lost-soul sister in “Sunshine Cleaning”; and, soon, as “The Young Victoria.”.
Q. The character-driven “Sunshine Cleaning” seems neither comedy fish nor dramatic fowl. How do you see it?
A. I certainly signed on to do an upbeat drama, so it’s pretty much what I expected. But it’s tonally complicated, and quite melancholy. The girls are going through a crisis; it involves a catharsis. They’re looking for escape. And they’re survivors in very different ways.
Q. Both Norah in “Sunshine Cleaning” and Valerie in “Buck Howard” do not seem to be easy characters to wrap your head around.
A. I’m drawn to any character who strikes me as being complicated and a challenge, because I feel people are complicated. They’re not easy to sum up. And I don’t want to pigeonhole myself. Norah’s an American girl, vulnerable, curious – there was lots to play with.
Q. How was it playing the world’s coolest aunt to little Jason Spevack in “Sunshine Cleaning”?
A. We worked a lot together, hung out, played games – he’s a sweetheart. By the time we got on camera, he was comfortable leaning on me.
Q. Were you as comfortable with Amy Adams?
A. We both understand sisters – they can be your best champion, and they can also break your heart. Amy’s also the best playmate. She’s not self-conscious, doesn’t mind making an idiot of herself, and we pushed each other. We also laughed a lot.
All About Emily Blunt
Emily Blunt is a British actress best known for her roles in The Young Victoria (2009) and The Devil Wears Prada (2006).
She was born Emily Olivia Leah Blunt on February 23, 1983, in Roehampton, South West London, England, the second of four children in the family of a teacher mother and barrister father. She received a rigorous education at Ibstock Place School, a co-ed private school at Roehampton. However, young Emily Blunt had a stammer, since she was a kid of 8. Her mother took her to relaxation classes, which did not do anything. She reached a turning point at 12, when a teacher cleverly asked her to play a character with a different voice and said, “I really believe in you”. Blunt ended up using a northern accent, and it did the trick, her stammer disappeared.
From 1999 – 2001, Blunt went to Hurtwood House, the top co-ed boarding school where she would excel at sport, cello and singing. She also had two years of drama studies at Hurtwood’s theatre course. In August 2000, she was chosen to perform at the Edinburgh Festival. She was signed up by agent, Ken McReddie, who led her to the West End and the BBC, scoring her roles in several period dramas on stage as well as on TV productions, such as “Foyle’s War”, “Henry VIII”, and “Empire”. In 2001, she appeared as “Gwen Cavendish” opposite Dame Judi Dench in Sir Peter Hall’s production of “The Royal Family” at Haymarket Theatre. For that role, she won the Evening Standard Award for Best Newcomer. In 2002, she played “Juliet” in “Romeo and Juliet” at the prestigious Chichester Festival.
Blunt’s career ascended to international fame after she starred as “Isolda” opposite Alex Kingston in Boudica (2003). A year later, she won critical acclaim for her breakout performance as “Tamsin”, a well-educated, cynical and deceptive 16-year-old beauty in My Summer of Love (2004), a story of two lonely girls from the opposite ends of the social heap. Emily Blunt and her co-star Natalie Press shared an Evening Standard British Film award for Most Promising Newcomer. In 2005, she spent a few months in Australia filming Irresistible (2006) with Susan Sarandon and Sam Neill. Blunt gave an impressive performance as “Mara”, a cunning young destroyer who acts crazy and surreptitiously provokes paranoia in others. She also continued her work on British television, starring as “Natasha” in Stephen Poliakoff’s Gideon’s Daughter (2005) (TV) opposite Bill Nighy, a role that won her a 2007 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.
She continued the line of playing manipulative characters as Emily, a caustic put-upon assistant to Meryl Streep’s lead in The Devil Wears Prada (2006). Blunt’s performance with a neurotic twist added a dimension of sarcasm to the comedy, and gained her much attention as well as new jobs: in two dramas opposite Tom Hanks, then in the title role in period drama The Young Victoria (2009). Her most recent works include appearances as antiques dealer Gwen Conliffe in The Wolfman (2010) and as ballerina in The Adjustment Bureau (2011).
Emily Blunt is a highly versatile actress and a multifaceted person. Her talents include singing and playing cello; she is also skilled at horseback riding. She was in a relationship with Canadian singer Michael Buble, whom she met at the Australian Logie Awards in 2005, and again a few months later backstage at his Los Angeles concert. Their relationship ended in 2008. Blunt’s friend, Anne Hathaway, introduced her to John Krasinski, and they have been together since November 2008. On August 28, 2009, Blunt and Krasinski announced their engagement. The couple married On July 10, 2010, at the estate of their friend, George Cloony, on Lake Como in Italy. Emily Blunt and John Krasinsky are living in Los Angeles area, California.
Jessica Simpson is one busy soul: In the past month, she’s traveled to the Middle East to meet troops, while on Thursday night she performed songs from her upcoming Christmas album for a PBS special to air Thanksgiving.
There to support her? Her dad Joe, sister Ashlee, nephew Bronx – and her boyfriend of several months, Eric Johnson. “He went and got a sweater and a bowtie to try to lift my spirits because I’ve been working extremely hard,” Simpson, 30, told People Magazine after the show. “I laughed my butt off!”
She added, “As far as Eric and I go, we’re just best friends. He’s my dude! I love him.”
The couple began dating in May, and ever since have been spotted getting cozy across the U.S. and overseas – even celebrating her birthday together in Italy. If the relationship seems like it’s getting serious, that’s because it is.
Simpson tells People Magazine that they’re planning to spend Thanksgiving together. “We’re all gonna be in New York,” she says. “I’m gonna be on a [Macy’s parade] float. It’s not always the best way to spend a Thanksgiving, but it’s a great way to celebrate. So, maybe I’ll just have all families on the float.”
For now, Simpson says she and her man are simply enjoying spending time together. “Tomorrow we’re having a long day off,” she says. “He loves art. So, we go to art galleries, and he loves photography. It’s cool.”
“This [relationship] is just normal, thank God,” she continues. “He’s very, very supportive. [I] couldn’t ask for a better man in my life right now.”
Which, of course, begs the big question: Is Johnson the one? “I never go to that because I already went there, so, I’m not gonna jinx my own self,” she says. “He’s the one for me right now! I’m very happy, I’m in a great place and if right now could last forever, I’d take it.”
When Megan Fox wed Brian Austin Green in June, it was the culmination of a relationship (with a brief 2009 split) that stretched back to 2004. Still, Megan Fox says she gets scrutinized for being a bride at age 24. (Green is 36.) “When I talk about my husband, I feel as if people roll their eyes,” the actress tells Elle in its October issue.
“It’s like when you’re 16 and order a martini, and the waiter says, ‘Do you think I’m stupid?'” she jokes. “They can’t grasp that I’m old enough to be married.”
Fox and Green tied the knot in a super-intimate, hush-hush ceremony on a Hawaiian beach June 24. Kassius, Green’s 8-year-old son with ex Vanessa Marcil, was present for the ceremony.
Earlier this year, then-engaged Fox told UsMagazine.com: “We are just even more committed to each other and we always have been. I am more in love with him now than I was in the beginning.”
The October issue of Elle — its 25th anniversary issue, featuring 25 women under 25 — hits stands September 21.
America fell in love with Jennifer Hudson on “American Idol,” but this beautiful woman has come a long way since those early days of fame. Hudson has established herself as a successful singer, actress and mother. And she shows no signs of slowing down. Wonderwall got the chance to talk to Hudson about losing weight, teaming up with Alicia Keys and why she’s supporting the Lose for Good Campaign.
Why don’t we get started by you telling us a little bit about your involvement with Weight Watchers’ new program Lose for Good?
Jennifer Hudson: Oh Lose for Good. When we lose at Weight Watchers, then another child is fed. So it’s our loss but their gain. I’m so motivated about it and happy and excited to just be a part of something that is feeding children. And just helping people altogether.
Has becoming a mother inspired you to raise money and awareness about kids going hungry?
JH: Oh my God, yes! This is such a great thing to me because I have a child of my own. I can never imagine, or want to imagine, my child being hungry or unfed. And so to be a part of something like this and to know that these children are being taken care of when we lose weight.
Congratulations on losing weight but still looking healthy. How did you do it? How do you maintain your weight now that you are done losing it?
JH: Wow. You know, it’s just a matter of finding that place that you’ll want to be at, which I’ll get [to] eventually. But it’s just Weight Watchers [that got me] got to this point. And I’m so glad to be teamed up with them and to find that control and to be able to do this and achieve a goal that so many still want to achieve — with something as great as Weight Watchers.
Do you have any advice for people trying to lose weight in a healthy manner?
JH: I feel that the biggest misconception that people have and the thing that hinders them from losing weight is that they think it’s so extreme. Like being in this position now, I have so many people coming to me and will spill out their whole plan about what they’re going to do to lose weight. And I’m like, “OK, who’s really going to do that?” It doesn’t have to be that drastic. And no it’s not that drastic. It’s a matter of just eating in moderation and learning the proper tools and how to do it. And being consistent with it and dedicated to it. And yes, make sure you get some kind of workout in, but it’s not always to the extreme. You can still achieve the same goal by just taking the proper steps and getting that control and losing weight.
Is there any celebrity you admire who champions causes selflessly?
JH: I love Alicia Keys’ Keep a Child Alive. Definitely. I’ve been watching that and was also a part of that as well. But again, I love to see people looking after the children. And just people in general. When people are helping people, I’m all for it.
Would you ever want to team up with another celebrity for a cause?
JH: Oh yeah. I just feel like the more we come together the more we can make awareness for whatever the cause. And again, it’s just the matter of helping your fellow man, helping your friend, helping your neighbor. And not just this country but around the world. We’re all brothers and sisters, so it’s all about the love and spreading the love. No matter who you are, whether you’re a celebrity or not, we should come together.
In his own words, Tom Cruise share her thoughts on his famous couch jumping incident on “Oprah”, life with Katie Holmes, the importance of her children, and how he takes advice from his script girl, 4 years in Esquire in June / July “How to be a man” issue. Check out some of his quotations choice below…
On the “Oprah” incident
“The perception and reality are two different things. I am not sure if you saw the whole ‘show Oprah. “What happened, happened. Yeah, the point could be made that I wanted the audience should be happy the way I wanted to make my sisters and my mother happy When I do sketches as a kid. But I’ll take responsibility for my actions.
“The thing is, he spun on me. Subsequently, the wild things were said about me, and once they are in the ether, there is nothing you can do about it . It felt like the new kid in the school yard and the other new children are murmurs and whispers about you and suddenly you hear what they say, and you know what? This is not happened. Look the reality of the situation.
“There was a confluence of events. My deal with Paramount was increased and it has not been extended. At first it was,” Huh? “I do not understand.” But people have misconceptions about it this, too. Sumner Redstone and I are friends. Is a business.”
On his advice to the younger script, Suri Cruise
“It’s come full circle. Now, I’ll put Suri on a swing and tell stories while I work on a script. I will start by the beginning of the film and take her through the story beat by beat. Of course, I’m at the right age. She is 4 years. But it asks all the right questions: “Why is this? These are wicked? You’re the good guys, right?
“It is the same thing when I was a kid. Can I create a character who will make his happiness, will have you laughing? And guess what? It makes me feel better and better, because it still asks me do it again.”
On his relationship with Katie Holmes
“Since we live in a cynical world, it is easy to be cynical. Making the choice not to be cynical is important. You can keep dwelling on what does not, or you are can see how to remedy it. That’s what being a parent is all about. You know, I’m married to one special woman. Every night before bed, Kate and I look at each other and is like, ‘How did we do today?”
On being a father to his three children, Isabella, 17, and Connor, 15, his ex-wife Nicole Kidman, and Suri, 4, with Katie Holmes
“I will never forget the moment I became Dad. But it is difficult to describe – this level of responsibility, desire to give such joy. Clarity: Nothing is more important than that. I remember that first night, just watching Bella. I was checking his every second, just the look, feel this immediate connection. I probably watch as I keep it in place. I made a promise to her: All I can do it ‘ is better than I can. But I will not say I’ll do something and then not do it.”
Shakira has said that her personal drive comes from the fact that she never wanted to live in poverty again.
Shakira, whose father William Mebarak Chadid was declared bankrupt when she was growing up, has revealed that seeing others worse off than her family made her even more determined to succeed in her own life so that she could help others.
The 33-year-old told The Big Issue: “My dad went bankrupt when I was eight years old. I remember the day I realised that pretty much all of the comfort of our lives was gone. We had had very decent lives – two cars, my dad had a successful business and then from one day to the next we lost everything.
“He took me to the park to show me a reality much worse than ours. There were all these barefoot orphaned kids who were sniffing glue. I guess the image stuck in my head. I promised myself, ‘One day I’m going to succeed because there’s no way I’m not having a car again’.
“And I thought, ‘If I ever do it, I’m going to do something about these kids’.”
Shakira kept her promise by setting up a charity when she rose to fame at the age of 18.
She added: “When I had my first big success with Pies Descalzos, the album that made it big in Latin America when I was 18, I decided to establish my first foundation in Colombia.
“Ever since, I’ve been investing all my efforts in education, which have achieved amazing results for kids who live in poverty and conflict or kids who might have been recruited into the guerrillas or drugs cartels. Instead, they’re on their way to college. How can I not believe in this so passionately?”