Exclusive Emily Blunt Interview: Fashion Versus Fishing

If you loved Emily Blunt in The Devil Wears Prada then we have news to brighten your day – she’s back and in another heartstring-tugging movie called Salmon Fishing in The Yemen. As the film had it’s premiere at the Odeon Kensington, the crowds weren’t as busy as usual. But both Emily and her co-star Ewan Macgregror, who wrapped up warm by wearing a scarf with his suit, spent at least an hour each signing autographs. You wouldn’t get that in Leicester Square where most premieres are held!

At the premiere, Emily showed off her fantastic figure in a blue and black bodycon dress, which is similar to the French Connection FT Ribbon Kints Bodycon Dress at Very. We also wonder if she is wearing shape control underwear underneath to make sure she has a streamline silhouette – with a bodycon dress like that, shapewear can be a life saver! It’s likely she went for a feminine dress as a contrast to her character in the film because that type of glamorous bodycon dress would not be appropriate for her on-screen alter ego. Fashion was vital in The Devil Wears Prada as she played a stressed out magazine intern desperate to impress, but in Salmon Fishing In The Yemen the talented star plays an assistant to an Arab sheikh and is far too busy to worry about how she looks.

The film is fantastic with the storyline being all about achieving dreams and goals. The main message is that anything can happen – even something unheard of like farming salmon in a dry Arab country. Very managed to grab Emily exclusively to ask how getting sweaty in The Yemen compared to fashion overload in The Devil Wears Prada and what it’s like working with Ewan Macgregor:

VERY: What’s your favourite film out of all the ones you’ve starred in?

EMILY: “I would have to say this one. I know it’s corny and I love all my movies but I read just 10 pages of the script and instantly knew that I wanted to do it.”

VERY: What attracted you to the film?

EMILY: “I just love the whole story of having faith in ludicrous ideas. Each character is on a real journey and at the end of the film, you see all their journeys collide and it’s just magical.”

VERY: With the Devil Wears Prada, most people have experiences of bad jobs but do you have any experience of fishing?

EMILY: When I was younger my dad loved to do the deep sea fishing where you have to go way out, which also means huge waves, particularly off the coast of the UK. So we would go off the coast of Scotland and Cornwall and Dad would book these eight hour fishing trips and we’d come back just so ill. I didn’t have the best sea legs back then!”

VERY: What was the hardest part about the film?

EMILY: “I had to learn some Mandarin. I had a very nice Chinese lady teacher who came around to my flat and she had translated it from the script. The script just had it in English but it simply said in brackets: she speaks this in fluent Chinese. And I was like, “Okay, so I have to learn Mandarin at some point.” So this woman came around and I learned it phonetically. So I know nothing about how to say hello, how are you but I do know how to talk about salmon.”

VERY: Finally, what’s it like working with Ewan Macgregor?

EMILY: “I think Ewan and I were separated at birth. We get on so well! The director Lasse has done an incredible job of creating a camaraderie on set. I used to run to work, I enjoyed it that much. I would love to work with both Ewan and Lasse again. That’s for sure!”

Salmon Fishing In The Yemen opens in cinemas nationwide on 20 April. And don’t worry, you don’t need to know anything about salmon or about fishing to enjoy it!

Love Zoe x

15th April 2012
Written by Zoe Griffin

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