April 23rd, 2012
07:30 AM ET
[Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from an interview that aired on "The Dinner Party," a national public radio show about culture. You can hear the interview in its entirety here: www.dinnerpartydownload.com.]
Actress Emily Blunt first made a splash in the States as the neurotic senior assistant to Meryl Streep’s character in "The Devil Wears Prada."
Since then she’s starred in several films, including "Young Victoria" and "The Adjustment Bureau." Her latest movie is the Judd Apatow-produced comedy "The Five-Year Engagement," where she plays (wait for it)...a woman who's been engaged for five years.
Dinner Party: We always ask our guests two questions, with the first one being, "What question are you tired of being asked in interviews?"
Emily Blunt: I was just promoting a movie called "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen," and I never, ever want to be asked how I like my salmon cooked. Ever. Again.
DP: Wait, what does that have to do with the movie?
EB: They don’t know what to ask, 'cause the movie has a crazy title and it’s a really unique premise, and people don’t know how to talk about it. So they just ask stupid questions like: Do you like salmon? Are you a fisherwoman? Why is your movie called that? Those are the questions I wanted to kill myself with, whereas this ["Five-Year Engagement"] movie we’re promoting, it’s interesting how much better the questions are.
DP: That’s very diplomatic of you.
EB: (Laughing) It’s true!
DP: OK, the second thing we ask of our guests is: Tell us something we don’t know. Either about you or the world at large.
EB: OK, something you don’t know about me is that I can do a trick with a bottle of beer – it involves a straw and it means I can chug it in four seconds.
EB: I haven’t done it in years, but it is fairly impressive. And as for something about the world, well, I recently have been starting to scuba dive and stuff. And dolphins - you know the little squeaks and little things that they call out? And the sounds? They are calling out their names to each other.
DP: Really? They have individual names.
EB: Yeah, basically each sound or squeak you hear is their personal name or sound and they call it out to each other and those are the noises that you are hearing.
DP: I had no idea.
EB: And the other thing you should never do is if the dolphin comes to you and allows you to touch [it], go for it, but if you reach out and touch the dolphin you can actually break up dolphin partnerships because they mate for life. They are together for life, similar to penguins. If you touch them it’s like they’ve been cheating on the other one.
DP: That would be all over Us Weekly: "Emily Breaks Up Dolphin Pair in Malibu!"
EB: Exactly. Don’t touch the dolphins - they don’t like it.
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