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Emily Blunt Plays A Pissed-Off Cinderella, A Disheveled Rapunzel, & A Fierce Little Red Riding Hood For Violet Grey!

Emily gets into the fairy tale spirit!
Get your fairy tale fix right here!
Emily Blunt is one of the stars of the upcoming Into The Woods, but that’s not the only way she’s satisfying her hunger for playing iconic fairy tale characters!
The actress was all too happy to give her personal interpretation to three classic stars of the genre — Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Cinderella — for a fabulous (we’re aptly using the “based on a fable” definition of the word here) high-fashion spread for Violet Grey!
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But Emily didn’t just stand around while stylists and makeup artists created all the looks for her.
The 31-year-old had a say in exactly what she would wear and how her hair and makeup would be done!
And she loved it! She gushed:

“It was hugely appealing to me to have that much input. Usually, as an actress, you show up and they say, ├óΓé¼╦£This is what the look is, and this is the character that we want you to be.’ And that’s always fun, but the fact that I got to have a say in the story was really exciting.”

Maybe she’s found her second calling!
Read on for Emily’s explanation of each character’s story!

On the Little Red Riding Hood look:
“I wanted to play with the idea that maybe Little Red Riding Hood’s got a little of the wolf in her. Maybe she’s not such a damsel in distress, but rather just the opposite: There’s something predatory and even kind of masculine about her.”
“Jessica [the stylist] had an incredible red cape made, but when Norman and I saw it, we thought it was a little too literal. So she went back out and found this vintage Pucci crimson-velvet suit. It was quite loose and worked perfectly with the androgynous look we were going for.”
On Rapunzel’s look:
“This Rapunzel isn’t in the tower singing beautifully. She’s in agony up there and is desperate to escape. She feels caged in. (Hence, Jessica put me in one of those cages that women used to wear under their ball gowns.)”
“Jenn [the makeup artist] did a deep, plummy red lip and a chocolate smoky eye that has a melancholic, hollowed-out effect. She also added these very long lashes, and Ashley [the hairstylist] did a very long messy braid to make me look kind of neglected and ungroomed.”
On Cinderella’s styling:
“I told Jessica to find the biggest dress she could because I had this vision of running down the street in New York wearing an absurdly large ball gown. Essentially, the story line here is that Cinderella had danced all night at the ball but the prince had come on too strong. Now she’s totally over it and just wants to flee the scene.”
Anna Kendrick plays the Cinderella character in Into the Woods, and I play the humble Baker’s Wife. When I first saw her in that incredible gown and I was there in an apron, I was like, ├óΓé¼╦£Oh, man.’ So this shoot may have been my way of living that out a little bit.”

See the full spread in the gallery (above)!
[Image via Violet Grey]

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Dec 03, 2014 15:16pm PDT