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Talking ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ with Emily Blunt

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It’s the movie I’ve been waiting for all year long. Mary Poppins Returns was everything I hoped it would be! While the story and music were magical, the biggest source of sparkle came from the star of the film, Emily Blunt. Ridiculously talented and incredibly beautiful, Emily Blunt was director Rob Marshall’s only choice for the role of Mary Poppins. After seeing the film and meeting the actress, I can see why!

Not only did I get a chance to walk the red carpet at the world premiere of Mary Poppins Returns, but I also got to sit down at a table with Emily Blunt and 24 of my blogger friends to interview her! Find out what this brilliant woman had to say about the film and taking on this iconic role.

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Emily Blunt shares what it was like to play Mary Poppins

What was the biggest challenge of taking on such an iconic role?

It’s often the first movie that anyone ever saw. I needed to get over myself and approach her as I would any other role. There’s just so much energy coming at you that you have to allow that to be white noise and just approach her as I would any other character.  So I think it was the initial overcoming of that and then I just completely fell in love with her.  I was just so mad about her by the end.  I just loved it, loved it.

Tell us about the first moment when it hit you that “Oh my goodness, I’m Mary Poppins!”

Emily Blunt: I would say the arrival scene where I am dangling 60 feet from a crane and Rob Marshall played the amazing orchestral music from the speakers. It blared from the speakers. It was very transporting and really exciting but I was kind of terrified.  I thought I was alright with heights and then I was up there and realize I’m not.  I remember hanging up there and looking down to Lin Manual-Miranda and I was like, “oh my god!” . That was the moment. I had the coat, the hat, the umbrella, the feet, and the kite.

I kind of had to block out the fear of how iconic she was in taking this on for most of the shoot.  But that was the moment where I allowed myself that moment of “I’m gonna vomit.” It was really insane. I was hit between the eyeballs with it!

Tell us about your interpretation of the Mary Poppins character.

Emily Blunt: I think she’s much closer to how she is in the book.  That’s how I played her.  In the book she’s incredibly rude and vain and funny and enigmatic and weird.  She’s sort of bizarre and layered. So for me, it was sort of how do I find those cracks of humanity in a super human. I said to Rob Marshall, I really want all the sternness and this sort of imperious quality to her to drop when she goes into these fantasias.  She should be like an adrenaline junkie and that sort of duality of the character. When she goes into these adventures, you’ve got to see her childlike wonder and her thrill and enjoyment of it.  And then when it’s over, she pretends none of it happened and she had nothing to do with it.  It’s so cool playing someone with that duality to them.

What was it like working with Dick Van Dyke?

It was so overwhelming! He’s so sprightly and cool. What a gorgeous human. He walked on set and said, “I feel the same spirit here that was there on the first movie”, and of course, we all wanted to cry.  We’d sit around him and just want him to tell us stories about the original. He sang “Jolly Holiday” to me.  I was just like that’s it, I could die now. That’s it.  I could die and be happy.  It’s just a lights out, awesome moment.

Mary Poppins Returns

Can’t wait to get into the Mary Poppins Returns spirit?

Check out these fun Mary Poppins Funko POP!collectibles. I was gifted the super cute figure of Mary Poppins at the music hall. Take a look at them all and purchase your favorite from Entertainment Earth!

About Mary Poppins Returns

Here’s more about Mary Poppins Returns straight from the Disney studio:

In Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” an all new original musical and sequel, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss. Emily Blunt stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London.

“Mary Poppins Returns” is directed by Rob Marshall. The screenplay is by David Magee and the screen story is by Magee & Rob Marshall & John DeLuca based upon the Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers.

Mary Poppins Returns arrives in theaters on December 19, 2018!