Star of THE WOLFMAN and the upcoming GULLIVER'S TRAVELS, Emily Blunt, says that when she was 10 years old, she developed a nasty stuttering problem. I think of something like that on a woman and the whole oral aspect of things, and well... I've mentioned that I have a dirty mind, right?
Well, thankfully it turns out that acting was the key to Emily being able to conquer her speech impediment. She says, "I remember that when it first started to kick in, I thought it was a habit, but when it really starts to ingrain itself upon you, it becomes an anguished situation to live your life in, especially when you're a kid, when you're only trying to appear very cool. I was definitely not cool."
But a teacher came into her life when she was 12 and suggested she try out for a play where she'd have to take on a Northern English accent, which cured her of the blips that she'd formerly been struggling with. Blunt was the emcee recently at the "Freeing Voices Changing Lives" gala to benefit the American Institute for Stuttering.