How Emily Blunt nearly became the British Britney Spears

Emily Blunt nearly became the British Britney Spears.

The Girl on the Train star has recalled how she signed a recording contract at a young age but ultimately decided acting was better suited to her.

She told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper:

Young Actress Emily Blunt, The First Night Of 'The Royal Family', At The Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London 2002. Photo / Getty
Young Actress Emily Blunt, The First Night Of 'The Royal Family', At The Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London 2002. Photo / Getty

"I was 18 and I was just, well, you know, I was 18. I was at that stage of my life where I was like, 'Who cares, yeah, maybe; that sounds cool'. Everything sounds cool other than being in school at 18 ...

"I had a record contract but then I got terrified and pulled out because I felt they were wanting me to be like Britney Spears.

And I was like, 'I can't dance, and I don't sing like Britney Spears'. I just felt it was snowballing too fast and it wasn't ultimately what I wanted to do."

Whilst Emily loves to act, there is one strict rule she always adheres to when it comes to her movie career - she will not act opposite her husband John Krasinski.

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She shared previously: "I think we would prefer it to be something where we're not married or boyfriend and girlfriend.

"Our chemistry is not up for public consumption. We'd like to do a play. That would be cool."

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski are seen on January 04, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Photo / Getty
Emily Blunt and John Krasinski are seen on January 04, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Photo / Getty

Emily also opened up about how she feels Hollywood movies are made for 14-year-old boys.

She explained: "I think people are making films that are targeted towards one type of audience, which is 14-year-old boys.

"You hear this a lot, 'We've gotta get the 14-year-old boys in'. I think there's a large number of the population who aren't 14 or male.

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski during the 18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at The Barker Hanger on January 10, 2013. Photo / Getty
Emily Blunt and John Krasinski during the 18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at The Barker Hanger on January 10, 2013. Photo / Getty

I think that's becoming less of the target because I don't think you can crunch numbers on what people are going to respond to."

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