If you ever have the pleasure of meeting Emily Blunt in person, don’t bother asking for a selfie. She’d rather you just embrace the moment and be present for the encounter! This is exactly the reason why the actress refuses to take selfies with her fans, especially when she’s out with her two daughters. “Frances McDormand told [me] — she just makes my teeth ache I love her so much — when someone asks her for a picture, she says, ‘You know what? I’ve actually retired from that. But I would like to shake your hand and meet you,'” Emily revealed to Vanity Fair. “Social media has changed the landscape, so an encounter with you is valued more as a social-media currency than a genuine interaction.”
The 34-year-old does her best to keep her high-profile job separate from her personal life. She’d actually prefer to stay as low-profile as possible! Luckily for her, it’s her husband, The Office‘s John Krasinski, who typically gets recognized while out in public. “John is, like, 6’3″ and was playing the most approachable man in the world. So people will be, like, ‘Jim!'” she said during the interview. “Guys want to high-five him.”
The Girl on the Train actress’ dream actually isn’t even acting! “It would be my dream just to flip houses. I adore renovating. I love working with different materials and coming up with a different story for each room,” she revealed. “I am Pinterest-mad. Once I begin playing everyone’s mother, then I’ll just start flipping houses instead.”
In fact, being in the spotlight, and acting in general, hasn’t been as easy as Emily would have thought. “I am not cynical in my personal life. I actually feel quite hopeful,” she said. “But with the business itself, you have to approach it in a harder way. I think you have to wear a helmet. You are part of a machine that is moving and will overwhelm you and drown you if you are not tough in it. It’s a very precarious industry that can often be quite crushing, so any advice I have for anyone going into it is to do something else.”
“I am always under the impression that I have a silly job for a living. But occasionally you will run into someone who deepens your feeling about it. Sometimes people will say they had cancer and The Office was the only thing that made their family laugh during that time,” she continued. “You realize when you are in something that really touches people that it does offer an escape.” So true!