Emily Blunt’s performance as the future queen of England in “The Young Victoria” doesn’t even hit theaters until this Friday and she’s already earned a Golden Globe nomination! Sure, we all know her from “The Devil Wears Prada,” but much like the British ruler who reigned from 1837 to 1901, Blunt seems to be quite the over-achiever.
In the above exclusive clip from the movie, her Victoria can be seen proposing marriage to Albert (Rupert Friend), an extremely rare move at the time, and one that was totally in-character for the Queen who ascended to the throne at age eighteen and immediately began re-writing the rules.
“Can you imagine, at 18, having to share a room with your mom?” Blunt said of the coddled queen, whose mother wouldn’t even let her walk down a flight of stairs unless someone held her hand. “I mean, there’s nothing worse. She was remarkable to have that steely resilience to overcome that… she knew she would be great.”
The film, produced by Sarah Ferguson the Duchess of York, is a surprisingly fast-moving depiction of a young woman in over her head, struggling to become someone great. The centerpiece of the whole flick is definitely Blunt’s award-nominated performance – and she told us that she took it very seriously since Victoria is a legend in her homeland.
“She’s so emblematic of our country,” explained the 26-year-old Blunt, originally from London. “I realized after I did all the research how vital [Victoria and Albert] were to creating the Victorian era, and what they did for the country, social reform, architecture, poverty and the arts and sciences. They we’re so influential, the two of them together.”
Produced by Graham King and Martin Scorsese (Oscar winners for “The Departed”), “Victoria” goes out of its way to side step the usual stuffiness of period films, offering viewers an old story with a contemporary flair.
“We didn’t want people to be rolling their eyes at the opulence of the costumes,” explained Blunt of the film’s refreshing modernity. “That swallows up any sort of accessibility…I tried to approach it as the girl, rather than the queen.”
Judi Dench? Helen Mirren? Cate Blanchett? In your opinion, what is the greatest biopic portrayal of a British monarch?