I was so excited to have the opportunity to go to the Into the Woods press junket in LA. Into the Woods showcases some of the best talents in acting and of course being a musical singing. I also enjoyed the fact that for this movie, I got to interview the first actor I ever interviewed again, Emily Blunt. I first interviewed Emily on the Gnomeo and Juliet press junket, she was amazing then and was even more amazing now. Being paired up with someone like James Corden this interview was another interview full of laughter. They are both very cheek. The story of how they met was pretty crazy.
Emily: That’s part of working with each other. We knew each other, actually, I’ve known James for, like, eight, nine years almost? Um, we met at a polo match in England. The princes were there, guys-
James: Which was held by Harry and William.
Emily: Harry and William. We met the princes
James: Have you ever heard a more British…?
Emily: Yeah. And we were at a polo match.
James: We met there…
Emily: And we really got along and, and we had too much to drink, and we sang…
James: Something Stupid.
Emily: Something Stupid by Frank Sinatra. Like, 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 [Director of Into The Woods] 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 you needed to believe in them. You needed to believe that they’ve been together forever. They were probably the only- that was the option they had in the village that they grew up in, and… these are small-town folk.
James: There’s always options. Okay? There’s never not options if you’re rocking this
Emily: This is the thing; this is the thing that he’s going on, that he said the whole time. This is a fairytale movie. A lot of, like, fantasy stuff happens, and the audience goes with it. The only thing that this audience won’t understand is why she’d leave this [pointing at James] for Chris Pine.
James: No one, no one would believe that – you know what I mean?
Emily: He was like – he said to Rob, ‘They’re not gonna go with you on this, Rob.’
James: This is- people will be just like, ‘Oh, come on. No woman on earth leaves Brad Pitt for, you know…’ It was, who’s someone… I don’t know. I’m trying to think of someone without being offensive.
There was a lot of laughter
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We found out that Emily Blunt was pregnant during much of the filming for Into the Woods
Q : So tell us about the hiding and stuff while you were shooting, especially seven months?
Emily: Well, it’s funny because I took, you know, found out I was having a baby when I found out I was- I had the part, but I was thinking well, she’s the baker’s wife, so it doesn’t matter if I gain a few pounds. And also it’s, you know, it’s the singing, and it’s lovely, and it’s easy- I forgot how much running around this woman does in the woods. Like, I like body slam into Anna Kendrick like a linebacker, and she’s a tiny person. I, like, almost killed her.
And you know, yanking Rapunzel’s hair out- she’s always running; like, we’re always rushing. And so it was, it was interesting. There was a chair onset that was written on it, Emily Bunt’s pregnancy. I often found Chris Pine sitting in it. I’m like, stood over him, several months pregnant, like that. And he went, and he went, oh, do, do you wanna sit down, and I’m like, yes, I do.
James: He’s just, god, I’m tired.
Being the Baker and the Baker’s wife we wondered if they had any of the treats from their shop.
Q : Did you try any of that bread? It looked really delicious?
Emily: We made some bread.
James: Yeah, we had a, we had a, we had a bread making…
James: We had these bakers come in- this is what they do on films. They go, well, we should teach you how to bake. And it’s, like, four hours of, like, and none of it’s in the film. An absolute waste of everybody’s time, but I, I mean, it couldn’t have been more a waste of time and no money. I mean, the guy’s really, you know, the kneading and the folding but I took my bread home and cooked it, and it was…
Emily: My mom loved it.
James: Oh my god. It was amazing.
Q : So a lot of the film is about parenting methods and what happens, so did this influence how you guys parent or what not to do at all?
James: I think there’s an honesty in the film which has made me want to be more honest with my children, like, from the get-go to- I think what’s, you know, the message in the film- the great message in the film of, like, be careful what wish for, and 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.
And I feel like- that’s not to say you won’t be happy, but like that song, No One is Alone, which at the end of the film, I sort of feel like what that song is saying is, it’s two adults talking to two children saying, 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.
And you never will be. And these things are just part of your life and what ultimately make you better and stronger. And it has made me think that that’s a positive message to tell your children, that mistakes are gonna happen.
Emily: And also, you, you said that, you know, children, like, no one is more perception than a child.
Emily: They see everything, they’re like little sponges, they pick up- even babies, I’ve noticed, they pick up on your energy, they pick up on, like, if someone walks in the house that Hazel hasn’t met before, and they, and they’ve had a bad day, she- she doesn’t want to go to them. She doesn’t want to be around them, you know. And so even at- from a young age, they’re so perceptive. And, and I just feel that it’s important to teach your children that life is not always going to be easy, you know, and that is what this film is about.
Nobody goes through life unscathed. Nobody does. And actually, these fairy tales, the original fairy tales really were sort of, obviously children can’t understand the deep metaphorical meanings in these fairy tales, but they understand right and wrong, and they understand the need to make decisions, and they understand what happens when people behave badly, they get a comeuppance. You know, it’s that sort of thing that these fairy tales, I think, were created to teach children about life- warn them about life. And we’re sort of in a society where we like to coddle our children and over-tend, over-parent, over-this- there’s like ten thousand books on how to raise a kid nowadays, and it, it’s purely instinctual.It’s purely, it’s purely personal, you know, and I mean, I saw this thing that there are books- How to Raise a Gluten-Free Baby. How to Raise..
James: In my defense, when I wrote that…
Emily: How to Raise a Scientific Baby.
James: I don’t even know what gluten is. I just know…
Emily: I know, but we get into it, and no one even knows, really. It’s something. It’s a thing.
James: I don’t know. She’s just one step ahead. [OVERLAPPING] Dude, she’s all over it.
Emily: His wife sent me to this fantastic holistic baby doctor in London, when I was there, who gave me, like, massages, and meditation tapes and stuff like that, and she told me not to eat gluten. It’s your wife’s fault that got me on that.
James: But no, but, but going back to that thing of being, like, I sort of feel like the only thing you can be with your children is honest. Like, we, um, we’ve got quite a bit of change coming up in our house, so like we’re moving- we’re moving country, and we’ve just- and my, and so for my son, we’re like, we’re moving country, and he’s just had a- this is a new person joined our family, and he’s leaving his school and gonna start a new one.
And like, any one of those things are huge deals for a child. And so we, um, me and my wife saw a, uh, this child psychologist; we, like Skyped this child- so just to go, we just like, I thought, we don’t wanna, we don’t wanna mess, we don’t wanna mess this up. And she said the most amazing thing. When she just went, if your son says I don’t wanna leave or, or starts crying, or is scared of it, don’t, don’t do the thing which you might- which I think I would’ve done of go, it’s gonna be great.
It’s gonna be sunny, we’re gonna have a swimming pool, we’re gonna go to part of the beach; she, she was like, don’t tell him that what he’s feeling is not valid; I actually go, I know.
Emily: I understand.
James: 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 and, and that- 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: And say I- yeah, and they just wanna be heard.
Both Emily and James are down to earth real people with great parenting advice. They love children and were a lot of fun to listen to. Into the Woods is now in theaters.