Emily Blunt's singing fear

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Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt says singing in front of her 'Into The Woods' castmates was as personal as showing them her underwear.

Emily Blunt says singing in 'Into The Woods' was like "showing her underwear".

The British actress admits she was terrified at the thought of performing in front of her co-stars like Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick and James Corden but says all the cast shared her fears of doing something so "intimate".

She said: "My knees were knocking walking into the auditions. It's a very intimate and personal thing to sing for somebody, especially a musical god like Rob Marshall.

"It's why people have to be drunk to do karaoke.

"On the first day of rehearsals there was a hideous moment when Rob said, 'OK, we're going to sing now' and everybody just screamed. Because here it was, the moment where everybody had to suddenly show their underwear."

Despite her apprehension, Emily enjoys singing karaoke - but can't get up in front of other people if she hasn't had a few drinks first.

She told Stylist magazine:" I would never go into [New York karaoke bar] Sing Sing without a tonne of margaritas.

"I love Janis Joplin. Sometimes if I'm coerced I'll do Aerosmith's 'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing'. And I love 'Try a Little Tenderness' by Otis Redding, but that's usually later on in the night."

Into the Woods

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 124 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Rob Marshall
  • Cast: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, Johnny Depp
  • UK release: 9 January 2015

Disney's long-in-the-making adaptation of Sondheim and Lapine's musical, in which a clutch of fairytale characters help a baker (Corden) and his wife (Blunt) lift a curse which prevents them from having a baby. Despite some great moments, the story drags; if you're a fan it's likely to please, but it won't win anyone else…

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