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Emily Blunt opened up about how having a stutter turned her into a better listener

'A Quiet Place' star Emily Blunt shares about her speech difficulty and how it made her a better listener
by Jacqueline Williams | March 19, 2020 19:40 IST
Emily Blunt opened up about how having a stutter turned her into a better listener

Emily Blunt, star of the hit, 'A Quiet Place,' opened up recently about her speech difficulties. Blunt has previously starred in hit films such as 'The Devil Wears Prada', 'Mary Poppins Returns', 'Edge of Tomorrow', 'The Girl on the Train', and 'The Huntsman: Winter's War,' among many others. However, she had her fair share of tough times starting out in the industry. She told Marie Claire that her stutter began around the age of 6. It became worse when she turned 12.

 
She said, "My stutter really started to take hold around six or seven and then kind of got progressively more challenging for me, and as I reached about 11 or 12, it was pretty ingrained. It wasn’t the whole part of me; it was just a part of who I was. There were certain people who liked to define me by that. That was tough. I decided not to really spend time with those people. I’ve probably only now come to realize that everybody has something growing up. That just happened to be my thing."
 
She also talked about her experiences at school. She felt restricted and limited in terms of extra-curricular activities due to her stutter. This made her unable to speak in class or even have phone conversations. She said, "School was interesting because there were certain things I couldn’t do and wanted to, like read out my poem in class. I would never want to do that. I would hate it if the teacher called on me to answer something. I don’t know what it’s like for you, but I think when stutterers are put on the spot, that’s hard. I didn’t love calling my friends."
 
However, she said that it certainly changed her outlook towards life. She would stay silent and listen to people. She said, "I was a really empathetic kid and still feel that’s something I try and lead with. And you’ve got to be kind to yourself and you’re going to be kind to other people."
 
The shooting of 'A Quiet Place 2' got stalled due to the Corona Virus outbreak. There is no further information about the film, which is helmed by Blunt's husband John Krasinski.
 
Also Read: A Quiet Place Part II: John Krasinski puts wife Emily Blunt in a dangerous stunt almost jeopardizing his marriage


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