Acting Helped Emily Blunt Overcome Her Stuttering Problem

Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt attends a photocall for 'Sicario' during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2015 in Cannes, France. (Denis Makarenko /

Hollywood actress Emily Blunt, who stuttered right from her childhood, discovered acting as a form of speech therapy to overcome her stutter.

The Mary Poppins Returns star had a speech impediment when she was growing up and she used to focus on “Watching and listening”to people because she “couldn’t speak fluently”.

She said, "Because I couldn't speak fluently, I watched and listened. I would be on the Tube, and I would wonder about people and invent backstories for everyone. There's always been a natural desire to walk in the shoes of others.

"It started quite young because it was the only tool I had to speak properly. I was that kid, upstairs in my room, trying out stuff in the mirror. But I would never tell anyone about it. It was always very private."

In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar magazine, Blunt talked about overcoming a childhood stutter has helped her become a better actress. It also helped shape her as an adult as the bullying she suffered taught her important life lessons.

"I think whatever you have to overcome in life ultimately paves the way (for whom you become as an adult). I got teased a lot, and to this day, I hate unkindness in people and bullies."

John Krasinski - Jack Ryan LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 11, 2015: Emily Blunt & John Krasinski at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills. (Featureflash Photo Agency / Related: