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Emily Blunt: Motherhood has made me strong

Emily Blunt has become a stronger person since the birth of her daughter, and has also changed her outlook on the movie industry.

The British beauty gave birth to daughter Hazel in February with husband John Krasinski, and says parenthood has changed her for the better.

She's currently starring in action flick Edge of Tomorrow with Tom Cruise, and will soon begin filming drug drama Sicario with Benicio Del Toro.

“Do I want to be in New Mexico for ten weeks shooting something with this subject matter when my house, my whole world, has become very sweet and pure?” Emily mused to the British edition of Harper's Bazaar.

"But actually, I was talking to my friend and she said, ‘It’s exactly what you should do right now, because you’re a lioness. You’re a mama bear.’ I think when you become a mother, you inherit a strength you’re not even aware of. I know it’s something John’s mentioned to me. He thinks I’m so much stronger now.”

Emily also concedes that becoming a mom has put her Hollywood career into perspective.

With hit films such as The Devil Wears Prada and Looper under her belt, Emily says it's easy to get caught up in the "bubble" of the movie industry. But since Hazel's arrival things have changed for the 31-year-old.

“Everything has slowed down. You realise that nothing else really matters. This industry, this town especially [Los Angeles], can make you feel that all that stuff matters; this rather transient world and the gush and the work and the success and the competition," she explained.

"You can get drawn into that bubble, of thinking it all matters. Having a baby has made me realise that it doesn’t. None of it. It really doesn’t.”

On the subject of maintaining a healthy marriage despite often being based on different continents, Emily thinks it all comes down to spending time together whenever you can.

"We miss the hell out of each other. It just becomes a sort of rule that you try and keep. Not even something you have to endure, something you want to do. Even if you see each other for 24 hours, I think it’s important. It’s everything, really, time together. It’s not a nice thing to get good at being on your own," she smiled.

"I’m with someone who makes me incredibly happy. I’m not one of those people who subscribes to the idea that marriage takes the romance out of things. I think it gets better, it deepens. I love being a wife. We have a blast."

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