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Emily Blunt: ‘Motherhood has made me a better actor’

Published 01/10/2016

Emily Blunt
Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt was “desperate” to be a method actor and have a glass of wine while playing alcoholic Rachel Watson in her new movie The Girl on the Train.

Emily Blunt has found motherhood has shaped her into a more sensitive performer.

The British star and her actor husband John Krasinski welcomed daughter Violet in June (16), a sister for two-year-old Hazel.

Accordingly, Emily admits her role as a parent has helped inform her work life in a meaningful way.

“Having kids is really wonderful,” she told Britain’s Closer magazine. “It opens up your heart! It also helps me as an actor because it helps me to access and understand more. I pick out the roles when it suits me now, because I want to spend as much time as possible with my family.”

However, the 33-year-old admits managing family life and promoting her new film The Girl on the Train is quite the balancing act. Though she has to attend premieres and interviews for the movie, Emily asserts that she’s really like any other working mother.

“I don’t want to say that my job is any harder than anyone else’s,” she explained. “Everyone warned me that one child was hard work and two is a zoo – and it’s true!”

In The Girl on the Train, Emily plays Rachel Watson, a depressed alcoholic who one day witnesses a life-changing crime.

While portraying the emotional Rachel had its difficulties, the London native reveals the most challenging part was filming physical sequences in a cautious way, as she was pregnant with her second child while shooting.

“I was desperate to be a method actor and have a glass of wine – but I couldn’t! I never passed on a snack, though,” she laughed.

The Girl on the Train hits theatres in early October (16).

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