Instead of avoiding The Devil Wears Prada references when she stopped by the Vogue offices in New York, Emily Blunt embraced them for a fresh, funny edition of the magazine’s popular video segment “73 Questions.”
Under the guise of taking over for Anna Wintour while she’s in Europe, Blunt was armed with one-liners and scene recreations as she walked through the Vogue offices making editorial decisions and talking about her upcoming role as the titular character in Mary Poppins Returns. After dealing with office incompetence that leaves her with a cold coffee and another difficult belt decision, Blunt finally gets the “that’s all” from Anna Wintour she’s been waiting for.
Blunt was also blown onto Vogue’s December cover in character, sharing her shoot with costar Lin-Manual Miranda for a thematic, windswept shoot by the legendary Annie Leibovitz. She talked about the phone call she had with director Rob Marshall, whom she previously worked with on 2014’s Into the Woods, and how Marshall wouldn’t have made the film if she declined the part. “Rob basically said, ‘If you don’t want to do this with us, we are going to find something else, because we won’t do it if you don’t want to,’” said Blunt.
Photography by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue
Though she got that vote of confidence from Marshall she admits that it was still daunting to fill the shoes of the legendary Julie Andrews in the sequel, and that she refused to re-watch the 1964 original to avoid psyching herself out. Oh, and don’t worry about her singing credentials. Before she sang on the big screen in Into the Woods she spent her teens as part of a four-girl vocal group. “We’d sing things like TLC’s ‘Waterfalls’ – crushed it,” she said. Read Blunt’s Vogue cover story here, and see her shoot with Annie Leibovitz here.