Emily Blunt Explains Why She Struggles With Being the Center of Attention

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Emily Blunt apparently struggles with being the center of attention and has a very good reason for her affliction — because she is British.

Emily Blunt, 32, received much adulation while attending the Cannes Film Festival this week, during which she called the high-heel ban "disappointing," for the premiere of her new movie, Sicario.

The Denis Villeneuve-directed film was very well received by the audience that showered her with never-ending applause for her portrayal of an FBI agent who joins Josh and Benicio Del Toro's efforts to disrupt Mexican drug trafficking, However, Emily Blunt said it made her feel very uncomfortable.

“British people have a really hard time with that," she told USA Today. "We have a hard time with ongoing enthusiasm and being the center of attention."

There was one fan from whom Emily Blunt didn't mind receiving praise. Two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett, who was in attendance at the premiere, offered words of praise for Blunt's performance, which made for a memorable, "surreal" moment for the mother of baby Hazel.

“[She] just said how much she loved it. That she was sort of stunned by it," she smiled. "It was quite lovely."

After the premiere, Emily Blunt was able to enjoy a a few parties and a late night pizza before returning to her hotel at 3 a.m. to call her husband John Krasinski back home in the U.S.

“He was just really proud and happy," she said of her conversation with Krasinski. "It was all good news."

In the end and despite the rough subject of the film, Emily Blunt enjoyed the evening.

"My tendency is to downplay everything," said Emily Blunt. "But, hand on my heart, it was quite a magical night."

Pam Wright