Emily Blunt says speaking in a different accent helped cure her stutter.
The ‘Devil Wears Prada’ actress developed a speech impediment when she was just 10 and only overcame it after a teacher at her school made her the lead in a play and told her to speak differently.
The British beauty said: “I did it in a Northern English accent, which is very different from how I speak, although it was probably a terrible Northern English accent since I was so young at the time. But it was somehow liberating. I wouldn’t say that I ceased to stutter after that, that it was some huge revelation. But for the first time in five years I was able to speak fluently — and in front of 200 people.”
Emily says the stutter had a huge impact on her life and stopped her from being who she wanted to be.
She said: “I remember that when it first started to kick in, I thought it was a habit, but when it really starts to ingrain itself upon you, it becomes an anguished situation to live your life in, especially when you’re a kid, when you’re only trying to appear very cool. I was definitely not cool.”
The stutter reached its peak when she was 12, leaving her unable to speak, prompting Emily to realise she had to do something about it.
She explained to the Daily Beast website: “My friends started to accept my stutter as just who I was, but I didn’t like being accepted in that way. I felt it was a misrepresentation of who I was, what I wanted to say, what I could see in the world and wanted to share.”
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