Actress Emily Blunt has admitted that her The Huntsman: Winter’s War co-star Charlize Theron has a stare that could cut glass when on set.
The pair play warring sisters Ravenna (Theron) and Freya (Blunt) in the new film, the dark fantasy prequel to Snow White and the Huntsman, and for Blunt, teaming up with the Oscar-winner for the first time was quite the experience.
“When you are in a scene with her, she has a thousand mile stare. When she locks in on you, it’s like ‘oh my God’.
“She’s really powerful and uninhibited, she’s really something to work with,” she said at the film’s press conference this morning.
“One minute she is playing this terrifying character, and the next, she just snaps out of it and talks about what’s been going on that day. She can kind of shut it on and off.”
The film sees Blunt’s broken-hearted Freya retreat to a land of ice with the ability to freeze her enemies, but she wasn’t too keen on the obvious comparisons with Disney’s Frozen that people will inevitably make.
“It’s just because we have both got white hair” Blunt said. “I’ve watched Frozen a hundred times and I’m very disappointed there wasn’t a song in this for me. It was not really a reference point, it was more like ‘oh my God, I’m going to be asked a lot of Frozen questions.”
“You have to make your way though a deluge of crap scripts to find the good ones”
The film, which also stars Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Rob Brydon, Sheridan Smith and Nick Frost, certainly puts forward a strong case for powerful women, and Blunt herself admitted that she is attracted to ass-kicking roles.
“I do obviously try to pick characters that are empowered in some way and complicated and hard to pin down” she admitted.
“I don’t want to be pigeon holed as one thing. I do feel there’s a steady increase of better roles for women out there. You have to search your way though a deluge of crap roles for women to find the good ones, but they are out there and there has definitely been an increase in the number of good ones.
“I am aware of what I’m putting out there to the world now and I want to be challenged and I don’t want to repeat myself.”
The Huntsman: Winter’s War sees the evil sisters prepare to conquer the land, while Eric the Hunstman (who previously aided Snow White in defeating Theron’s Ravenna) and his forbidden love Sara (Jessica Chastain) set out to stop them.
For Blunt, playing alongside such a talented bunch made for a good experience.
“The characters are layered, and strong and overall very interesting. I play Chris’ Mummy,” she laughed.
“What appealed to me was that she started off as a normal girl who then suffers this great loss, and through that she becomes hardens and her hair turns white. She becomes this ice queen who just wants to kidnap children.
“There are just so many girls onset and that was enticing for all of us”
The Huntsman: Winter’s War hits cinemas on Monday April 4.
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