We can't believe it!
Emily Blunt, a board member for the American Institute for Stuttering, overcame the speech disability during her childhood thanks to having a caring teacher much like King George VI, as portrayed by Colin Firth, had in The King's Speech.
However, without ever having to face that obstacle, she may not be who she is today!
In a recent interview, she opened up about the disability she beat by acting in school plays as a child. She explained that her stutter was at its worst when she was 12-years-old, saying:
“I think it started to eke itself out; between the age of 7 and 14 was when it was really bad and around 12 it was at its worst. Not an awkward age at all to be unable to speak. Some people can grow out of it. It’s easier for girls, funnily enough. Genetically, it’s more common in boys.”
Thanks to a caring teacher who encouraged her to begin acting in front of an audience and use different voices to mask her stutter, Emily learned to speak fluently and picked up a new hobby in the process, as she explained:
“I had a really amazing teacher at that age, when I was 12, and he was really kind and helpful and encouraged me to be in the class plays, which previously I had no interest in being in ’cause I couldn’t talk. He said, ‘Well, why don’t you try it in a different voice? Try to do a funny voice or an accent. Maybe that would help.’ But it really did, I was actually able to speak fluently. Once you’re able to hear yourself speak fluently, albeit in a ridiculous accent, you gain the confidence to think this could happen again and again.”
Obviously, Emily Blunt "absolutely loved" the most recent Best Picture Academy Award winner The Kings Speech and calls Firth's performance the "most authentic portrayal" of a stutterer she's ever seen, as she continued:
“It was the most authentic portrayal of a stutterer I have ever seen. I spoke to Colin about it and was in wonderment how he managed to do it. Apparently the screenwriter had also had a stutter, which was really helpful. He really managed to capture that hesitancy, that vocal-cords-locking-out syndrome that happens.”
She's also glad the film opened up people's eyes that stuttering is nothing to be taken lightly and hopes it has raised awareness about the disorder, saying:
“What’s exciting about what Colin did was he actually put a face to stuttering, actually opened up people’s minds around the world to the plight of someone who has one. So I think a lot of stutterers are very grateful to that film and the awareness he brought.”
We had NO IDEA Emily Blunt ever had a stutter, but are happy she did otherwise she may have never discovered her wonderful acting talent!
[Image via WENN.]