'Mary Poppins Returns': Emily Blunt's musical prowess only makes her more perfect for the role
Blunt's fans will know she is no stranger to the art, as she proved so with her singing in the 2015 Oscar-nominated film, 'Into the Woods,' where she starred opposite Meryl Streep
Ever since the trailer for this year's big release 'Mary Poppins Returns' arrived, social media has been buzzing about envisioning Emily Blunt in the role of the iconic character made timeless by Julie Andrews in its 1964 original. In Andrews' rendition of the role, the most important thing she had going for her was her impeccable command over the film's soundtrack - with respect to the songs - which she totally owned with her vocal skills. And, that is something fans are wondering about with regards to this year's edition - whether Blunt will be able to pull off the whole vocal aspect of the character.
Blunt's fans will know she is no stranger to the art, as she proved so with her singing in the 2015 Oscar-nominated film, 'Into the Woods,' where she starred opposite Meryl Streep and James Corden. And, for those unaware, newsflash: Blunt has some pretty strong vocal skills and she's about to belt them out in the revival of the Mary Poppins film.
Blunt's role as the baker's wife in 'Into The Woods' wasn't the only time she exhibited her impeccable vocals skills though. When she appeared on film critic Peter Traver's talk show, her little rendition of 'Dream A Little Dream' - right after she admitted singing in front of a large group of people makes her 'nervous' - pretty much made fans and viewers swoon right there. It only backed up the fact that Blunt is no more a stranger to the art of singing than she is when it comes to her exemplary acting skills.
Another little-known fact is that she's also bagged a Golden Globe award for her role in the miniseries 'Gideon's Daughter' - especially because of her brilliant original on the show. And other than that, while not the best proof of vocal skills, Blunt aced her appearance on the 'Lip Sync Battle' and is a pro at karaoke too. It makes so much sense now why her husband and 'The Office' alum, John Krasinski, cried after hearing her sing for the first time.
"I had literally never heard her sing a note," Krasinski had shared in his wife's 2015 Vanity Fair cover story. "I thought that was such a cool gig, but to be honest, I was really nervous for her." 'The Office' alum had believed he and his wife were "at the same level of singing talent, which is low mediocre."
Speaking with regards to the film 'Into the Woods' and how its director, Rob Marshall (who is also creating the Mary Poppins reboot) was shocked Krasinski hadn't heard Blunt sing before, the actor added: "His mouth was wide open. He did not say anything. He just turned to the window, cued the song, the orchestra started playing, and Emily started singing, and I just immediately wept."
Continuing about how spellbinding it was to hear Blunt sing, Krasinski added: "It was really wild. It was like finding out that your wife can levitate," he added. "It was just like, 'When were you going to tell me this?'" And granted it's hard to believe Blunt never had any prior vocal training before she took up the role, she shared the secret behind her remarkable musical performance in 'Into the Woods.'
"I’ve always found it very nerve-wracking to sing in front people,” Blunt said at a 2015 press conference in Central London, calling it a “knee-knocking experience.”
"In this case it was really hard to say no because I wanted to work with Meryl again and I loved Rob – we’d met but never worked together – and the part was so extraordinary," she noted, admitting "it was a very hard thing to resist, so I had lots of singing lessons!” Maybe she followed suit for the upcoming movie too, its December 2 release should reveal that!