I love being able to share my stories from my trip to LA earlier this week with Disney. I hope that you have already headed to the theater to see Into The Woods but if you haven’t there is still time. Sometimes you just have to be there in order to explain an amazing experience, but I am going to attempt to bring you into the room for this next conversation. When we sat down for our Emily Blunt and James Corden Interview, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was familiar with Emily having interviewed her before, but James Corden was a bit of a mystery to me. I never expected having the time of my life. The conversation had me laughing from the beginning to the end and I hope that you are able to experience some of that with me. These two have amazing chemistry together both on the set and off and act like long time friends. They joked around with all 25 of us mommy bloggers as we talked about parenting and of course Into the Woods.
During filming Emily was pregnant. We asked her about the experience of filming while 7 months pregnant.
Emily: Well, it’s funny because I found out I was having a baby when I found out I had the part. I was thinking well, she’s the baker’s wife, so it doesn’t matter if I gain a few pounds. The singing is lovely, and it’s easy, but I forgot how much running around this woman does in the woods. I like body slam into Anna Kendrick like a linebacker, and she’s a tiny person. I almost killed her. And yanking Rapunzel’s hair out- she’s always running. And so it was, it was interesting. There was a chair onset that was written on it, “Emily Bunt’s pregnancy chair.” I often found Chris Pine sitting in it. I stood over him, several months pregnant, like that. And he went, “Oh, do, do you wanna sit down?”, and I’m like, yes, I do.
James: He’s (Chris Pine) just, god, I’m tired!
Emily: I was through the first trimester by the time I came to rehearsal. I honestly was in the second trimester, so much energy, so elated. And then, I wrapped just I as I went into the, I’m tired, I’m fat stage.
What did they do to prepare their roles as The Baker and The Baker’s Wife?
Emily: We made some bread.
James: Yeah, we had a bread making session. We had these bakers come in- this is what they do on films. They go, we should teach you how to bake. And it’s, like, four hours and none of it’s in the film. Its an absolute waste of everybody’s time. I took my bread home and cooked it, and it was…
Emily: My mom loved it.
James: Oh my god. It was amazing.
Emily : It was good.
On Parenting Methods and the Influence of the Message of Into The Woods.
James: I think there’s an honesty in the film which has made me want to be more honest with my children from the get-go. The great message in the film is to be careful what you wish for. Sometimes the very thing you wish for is not the thing that you need. In a world where we seem to have told children that this happily ever after does exist, and we all know it doesn’t. That’s not to say you won’t be happy, but like that song, No One is Alone, which is at the end of the film, I sort of feel like what that song is saying is there’s some screw-ups coming your way, and that’s true of all of us. There’s screw-ups, and they’re coming for you, and there’s nothing you can do about it. But when they do, you might feel like you’re completely on your own in the world. You will feel like you are completely alone, and you’re not. You never will be. These things are just part of your life and is what ultimately makes you better and stronger. It has made me think that that’s a positive message to tell your children, that mistakes are gonna happen.
Emily: And also no one has more perception than a child. They see everything, they’re like little sponges, they pick up- even babies. They pick up on your energy, if someone walks in the house that Hazel (Emily’s child) hasn’t met before, and they’ve had a bad day, she doesn’t want to go to them. She doesn’t want to be around them. Even from a young age, they’re so perceptive. I just feel that it’s important to teach your children that life is not always going to be easy, and that is what this film is about. Nobody goes through life unscathed. Nobody does. And actually, these fairy tales, the original fairy tales- obviously children can’t understand the deep metaphorical meanings in these fairy tales, but they understand right and wrong. They understand the need to make decisions, and they understand what happens when people behave badly. These fairy tales, I think, were created to teach children about life- warn them about life. We’re sort of in a society where we like to coddle our children and over-tend, over-parent, there’s like ten thousand books on how to raise a kid nowadays, and it’s purely instinctual. I saw this thing that there are books- How to Raise a Gluten-Free Baby. How to Raise a scientific baby.
James: In my defense, when I wrote that… I don’t even know what gluten is.
Emily: I know, It’s a thing.
Emily: His wife (James Corden) sent me to this fantastic holistic baby doctor in London, when I was there, who gave me massages, and meditation tapes and stuff like that. She told me not to eat gluten. It’s your wife’s fault that got me on that,
James: But going back to that thing of being, I sort of feel like the only thing you can be with your children is honest. We’ve got quite a bit of change coming up in our house. We’re moving country, and so for my son, he’s just had this new person join our family, and he’s leaving his school and gonna start a new one. Any one of those things are huge deals for a child. So my wife saw this child psychologist and told her that we don’t wanna mess this up. And she said the most amazing thing. She just went, if your son says I don’t wanna leave or starts crying, or is scared of it, don’t do the thing which I think I would’ve done and go, “It’s gonna be great. It’s gonna be sunny, we’re gonna have a swimming pool, we’re gonna go to the beach.” She was like, don’t tell him that what he’s feeling is not valid.
Emily: I understand.
James: Say, “I know, buddy. It sucks, but I promise you we’re all in it together, and I feel sad about it, too, but there might be great things that we get to do, and this is an adventure that we’re all gonna go on together.” I was like, oh, so all you really need to do is just be honest and go, you’re not a child. You’re just a person. You are a person.
Emily: Yeah, and they just wanna be heard.
On their friendship and onscreen chemistry…
Emily: That’s part of working with each other. I’ve known James for, like, eight/nine years almost? We met at a polo match in England. The princes were there.
James: Which was, Harry and William.
Emily: Harry and William. We met them…
James: If you ever hear anything more British (than a polo match with the princes)…
Emily: Yeah. We were at a polo match. And we really got along. We had too much to drink, and we sang…
James: Something Stupid.
Emily: Something Stupid by Frank Sinatra, and that’s not true. He’s the only person I’ve ever sung in front of…
James: Yeah, we were getting on great.
Emily: And so it was nice when I heard it was him. I remember Rob Marshall telling me that I had the part, and I said, “who’s the baker.” And he went, it’s James Corden. And I went, “Oh my god!” I was so relieved and so thrilled because I knew that this couple needed to have real lifelong, shorthand chemistry, ease with each other and, and you needed to believe in them. You needed to believe that they’ve been together forever. They were probably the only option they had in the village that they grew up in, These are small-town folk.
James: There’s always options. Okay? There’s never not options if you’re rocking this. (points to himself)
Emily: He said the whole time, this is a fairytale movie. A lot of fantasy stuff happens, and the audience goes with it. The only thing that this audience won’t understand is why she’d leave this (points to James)- for Chris Pine.
James: No one, no one would believe that, you know what I mean?
On working with Lilla Crawford (Little Red) and Daniel Huttlestone (Jack)
Emily: They are phenomenal.
James: Well, they’re both incredibly talented and gifted, and unbelievably composed and assured. It’s one thing being brilliant in the film; it’s another thing just being brilliant to be around all day, and they are.
Emily: I mean, Lilla Crawford was doing eight shows a week playing Annie on Broadway. This is a girl who knows how to punch in and go to work, and show up, and be professional, and when she opens her mouth, she has a voice like a trumpet.
James: Oh my god.
Emily: I mean, it was just insane what she was able to do, and she was so capable. And Daniel was completely unflappable, like, the coolest kid.
James: The first day shooting was the Giants in the Sky song, which is my favorite song in the show. Anyway, I absolutely remember watching him run around this tree looking at him, I remember looking and thinking, oh my god, I’m watching a thousand Facebook profiles start to happen from girls who are just gonna be in love with you. He’s got that thing which is unquantifiable- you don’t know what it is, but it’s just there. And he’s so gifted, musically. He would sit down at a piano, and he’ll play a ukulele. He’s the real deal.
Emily: And he has the best hair ever.
James: Yep. Yeah.
Emily: He was hilarious because he kinda likes older women, he told us.
Moms: I heard he was flirting with you.
Emily: Oh, he was, yes… By the way, I loved him.
James: There’s no way that doesn’t look weird (in print)…
Emily: But he would, he would come up to Meryl, and she’d be there with her cape, and he’d go, “Meryl.” And she’d go, “yeah”. And he’d go like this (makes a kissing motion, like blowing a kiss). She’d take her cape and be, like, (makes a squealing noise). We all thought he was the coolest thing ever. He was very upset to learn that I was pregnant.
James: Again, again, it sounds weird.
Emily: He was the only person who was upset about it.
James: Wow. This is really gonna open some doors for you.
Emily: It certainly is. I’ll never be able to speak to mommy bloggers ever again.
On James Corden and his success of being a leading man and starting the Late Late Show
James: It’s an amazing sort of time for me. I’m very intent on trying to enjoy it while it’s here, whatever it is. I’m so aware that these are transient things that will go as quickly as they arrive, in so many ways. I just want to really enjoy it. Here is someone offering me a job where I get to be creative every day, I get to have fun every day and talk to America before (or more likely while they’re falling asleep). And at the end of every day, I get to go home and be a present father and husband. I just don’t think there’s ever a child when they’re twenty or thirty, sitting in a therapist’s chair going,”You know, my dad was just around too much. He gave me too many cuddles, and he was too much a part of my life.” This is a privilege, actually, to be in this job, in this industry.
Emily: You’re gonna make me cry.
James: Stop it. Stop it, flirt.
I hope you caught my review of Into the Woods, and my interview with Meryl Streep, Tracey Ullman and Christine Baranski. Tomorrow I will be brining you our interview with Anna Kendrick as well director Rob Marshall so stay tuned!
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