Emily Blunt 'Mary Poppins' Struggled With Stuttering For Years

Emily Blunt 'Mary Poppins' Struggled With Stuttering For Years
Credit: Source: 'Mary Poppins Returns'/Disney

Emily Blunt is dazzling fans with the new trailer of her upcoming movie Mary Poppins Returns , but what many may be surprised to discover is that the actress struggled with stuttering for years. In fact, Blunt's stuttering was so troublesome throughout her childhood years, she began taking acting classes as a way to overcome the speech impediment.

In Mary Poppins Returns , Blunt not only delivers her lines perfectly but also sings. Blunt is on the board of directors for the American Institute for Stuttering and is frequently seen at Galas and other associated events.

According to Blunt, her stuttering led to bullying. She states it became very problematic through the years seven to fourteen. The American Institute for Stuttering (AIS) is a non-profit organization known for breakthrough treatments and having tremendous success through innovative methods and speech therapy treatments that help stutterers overcome challenges.

You may watch Emily Blunt as she speaks at the AIS gala in the video player below.

The American Institute for Stuttering has two main offices, one in Atlanta and the other in New York. They hold an annual gala and due to Emily Blunt's star power, many celebrities attend, along with her husband John Krasinski.

The 12th American Institute for Stuttering gala was held on July 14, and all eyes were watching as John Krasinski and Emily Blunt made their debut.

Other celebrities and notable figures who have attended AIS galas include John Stossel, Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Sheeran, former Vice PresidentJoe Biden, Sam Waterston, Wayne Brady, and Bruce Willis.

You may see a video of John Krasinski and Emily Blunt as they arrived at the 2018 American Institue for Stuttering gala in the video player below.

In an interview with People TV's Jess Cagle, Emily Blunt explained that though her stuttering became better when she was 14, it hasn't completely disappeared.  Speaking to Cagle, she stated it comes back and flares up if she is tired and even stated when she was pregnant stuttering became problematic as her diaphragm was crowded and she didn't have enough space for some of the techniques used in treatment.

Blunt also shared that stuttering is a prominent trait in her family, indicating there is a genetic link or component to stuttering.

Stuttering hasn't hindered Emily Blunt's career or stopped her from achieving great success. She is known for her work in The Devil Wears Prada , The Girl on the Train , and Salmon Fishing in Yemen. In addition to Mary Poppins Returns, Blunt will be seen in the 2019 film Jungle Queen .

Mary Poppins Returns premieres in the U.S. on December 19, 2018.


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  • Sara
    Sara Sep 20, 2018 9:55 AM PDT

    Emily is such an open advocate for people who stutter, thankful for the publicity and societal awareness stuttering has received because of her work. Sara http://www.youspeakstuttering.com

  • G. Lawrence
    G. Lawrence Sep 19, 2018 8:39 AM PDT

    Emily Blunt is an excellent role model for young people who stutter. The Stuttering Foundation website (www.stutteringhelp.org) has a section of "Celebrity Corner" articles on famous people who stutter. There is one on Emily Blunt Blunt, as well as Bruce Willis, Noel Gallagher, Dominick Dunne, and B.B. King.

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