For my second Backstage cover story, I sat down with Emily Blunt (at the Four Seasons New York, no less!) to chat about her work as the Baker’s Wife in the big screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. It was truly one of the highlights of my 2014. In addition to the topics I was able to include in the article, we talked about how annoying it is that some high schools skip the musical’s second act, what project she’d like to tackle next – a Western! – and the embedded nerve she got from filming Edge of Tomorrow while wearing an 85-pound metal suit. She is every bit as charming and down-to-earth as you might imagine, and her performance in Into the Woods, as with all her other movies, is superb. Don’t miss it!
I’m obsessed with the Oscars. Correction: I’m obsessed with the Oscars when it comes to actresses. Every year I find myself saying, “The Best Leading Actress category this year is craZAY.” I don’t know if it’s a gay diva worship complex, or the prospect of seeing charismatic stars wearing pretty clothing, or if, perhaps, the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role really is somehow the most exciting race year after year.
Regardless of my personal fanaticism… in actuality, seriously no joke, ohmygodyouguys, this year’s Academy Award for Best Actress category is freaking amazing. We are in all likelihood looking at a category of not only five previous winners, but five of the most prominent, powerful actresses in Hollywood. Walk with me.