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Blunt says playing 'Victoria' was a gift

January 15, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Actress Emily Blunt tells entertainment reporter George Pennacchio that playing "Young Victoria" was truly a gift.Emily Blunt is receiving some of the best reviews of her career for her starring role in "The Young Victoria."

The Critics' Choice and Golden Globe nominee is enjoying the moment in the awards season spotlight -- red carpet and all.

"I always find that really funny when you have a moment where you wear something you'd never normally wear. You have to wrench the jeans off of me normally so it's probably time I step out and put a pair of heels on," said Blunt. "But I'm happy because I think a film like this probably needs as much buzz as possible. So any buzz around it is great."

Blunt says fans have told her they've been surprised by the film's exuberance and seeing the teenage Queen Victoria as feisty and rebellious.

At the Grove in Los Angeles Thursday night, Blunt appeared after a screening of the film to be part of a Q&A session with the audience -- people who chose to pay good money to see her movie.

"I think it's a nice way to get the true reaction of the people that you should care about who see the film," said Blunt.

Blunt's nominations have likely helped "The Young Victoria" add a little bang to its box office, and that's always great news for films that don't have bottomless budgets for advertising.

"I'm really thrilled because I know that it's hard to get these films made," said Blunt. "There's a dearth of good material out there, especially for women, so when this came along I was captivated by it. I would prefer it be a word-of-mouth film because then I know it's getting an honest reaction."