In the upcoming musical Into the Woods, Emily Blunt plays a baker’s wife who is desperate to have a child but can’t because of a curse placed upon her and her husband by a witch played by Meryl Streep. In a strange twist of fate, Blunt found out that she was actually pregnant with her first child while they were shooting the film! In an interview with Disney twenty-three, a publication for Disney’s official fan club, Blunt and Streep revealed how they managed to hide the pregnancy during filming.
“That was pretty funny,” Streep said in the interview. “They were constantly putting James Corden [the Baker] in front of her belly, raising her apron higher and higher.” Blunt talked about the other ways they managed to hide her baby bump when she was starting show. “I was hiding behind every tree in that wood,” the actress joked. “Colleen Atwood, who’s the most remarkable costume designer, as everybody knows, was so accommodating. I would say towards the end, every four or five days they were making some adjustments.”
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Blunt added that her actual pregnancy helped her understand her role even more. She said in the same interview, “The fact that I was pregnant actually was a rather transporting thing, and a very helpful experience in a way to understanding the urgent need that this woman has for a baby. Here I was, feeling incredibly blessed and understanding what the character maybe is missing out on.”
The actress and first time mom married actor John Krasinski in Italy back in 2010. Earlier this year, Blunt finally gave birth to their first child Hazel. Three months after the birth, Krasinski shared a picture of their little girl on Twitter with the caption, “Pics of kids should only come direct from parents. So I’m thrilled to introduce you guys to Hazel!!!”
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