BANG! NEWS – Emily Blunt’s childhood stutter felt like “an imposter living in (her) body” until she managed to use acting to help her lessen the symptoms.
The A Quiet Place actress battled a speech impediment when she was growing up which made it difficult for her to pronounce her own name, and has said the stutter was passed down through her family, and felt as though there was someone else living inside her body who prevented her from speaking.
She said, “I started noticing it at six or seven (years old). My grandfather, my uncle and my cousin all stutter. It feels like you’ve got this imposter living in your body.”
Emily, 37, overcame her stutter when she was a teenager, after a teacher noticed she was able to speak freely whenever she launched into impersonations.
The teacher then encouraged Emily to audition for the school play, and the actress found the more she lost herself in characters, the less self-conscious she was and the more her stutter would diminish. Now, the Mary Poppins Returns star helps other children find similar ways to cope with the speech impediments through her work with the American Institute for Stuttering (AIS).
She explained, “Well, I think of all the causes, my work with the stuttering community is the one that pierces my heart probably most profoundly because of my own personal experience with it.”