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Thyme of my life Wild Mountain Thyme's Emily Blunt 'can't wait to go back to Ireland' as 'the people are so warm'

Flying like Mary Poppins, facing the horror of silence in A Quiet Place, dressing for The Devil Wears Prada and now doing a bad Irish accent - Emily will always take on a good challenge

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Emily loved filming in Ireland and can’t wait to come back.

Emily loved filming in Ireland and can’t wait to come back.

Emily loved filming in Ireland and can’t wait to come back.

Emily Blunt admits that playing a farmer in a remote part of Ireland and attempting the accent was a stretch of her skills as an actress (no sniggering!).

Wild Mountain Thyme sees the actress as Rosemary Muldoon, a headstrong farm owner who has her sights set on Anthony Reilly, played by Jamie Dornan, who works the land next to her.

The trouble is that Anthony doesn't seem to want to know. This is certainly not Jamie back in anything like Fifty Shades of Grey form, as Rosemary finds out.

Emily is New York-based these days with her actor husband John Krasinski of The Office and their two children. Like the rest of us they are locked down thanks to the global pandemic, waiting for life to get back to normal.

It's for that very reason that the London-born star is glad to see Wild Mountain Thyme released, given it's "weird" characters, beautiful setting and light-hearted romance. Co-star Jamie Dornan has dismissed the Irish reaction as "typical" and "good fun."

Here, Emily talks swapping Hollywood for Ireland, braving the weather and an Irish accent on the Emerald Isle - and how she couldn't help falling in love with her co-star on and off camera.

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Jamie Dornan and Emily Blunt are the stars of Wild Mountain Thyme, filmed in Co Mayo

Jamie Dornan and Emily Blunt are the stars of Wild Mountain Thyme, filmed in Co Mayo

Jamie Dornan and Emily Blunt are the stars of Wild Mountain Thyme, filmed in Co Mayo

SW+: The isolation of the characters in this film is all rather poignant right now, isn't it?

EB: Yes, exactly. That theme of feeling rather mad because of our loneliness is close to home. We're all really happy this is being released now because I think people need something uplifting. There is such an otherworldly feeling of escapism about this story. You have the allure of travel and Ireland and the fact you can escape to this strange little fairytale.

SW+: What attracted you to the film?

EB: I was so enchanted by the script. It was completely bewitching, so unique and poetic. I fell in love with these weird farmers who have been driven a bit mad by loneliness and living in isolation.

They are not people who always say the right thing or are quick with a witty response. There is an awkwardness and oddity about them that I really fell in love with. I thought it was so charming and I responded to the humanity of this as a love story right from the start.

SW+: How did you go about playing Rosemary?

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Emily Blunt stars in Wild Mountain Thyme.

Emily Blunt stars in Wild Mountain Thyme.

Emily Blunt stars in Wild Mountain Thyme.

EB: She was such a mystery to me at first and that's what I always look for. I don't want to know how to crack the case on playing someone immediately. I want to be a bit scared to play them. You're always looking to shape-shift in some way and change it up. I was a bit confused as to how to play her at first, then she just revealed herself to me over time.

SW+: What about your character's Irish accent?

EB: We were given quite a specific rural Irish accent to learn. Jamie was also having to speak in a different Irish accent from what he normally speaks in so it was a learning curve for all of us.

For me, learning an accent is another challenge that I embrace. I find that shape-shifting part of the job is really fun.

SW+: What was it like shooting on location in Ireland?

EB: I loved it. This film is so sumptuous to look at that it makes me want to go back there. It's this otherworldly, Jurassic, beautiful place and to get to work there and experience the people and how warm and brilliant they all are was incredible.

"Who wouldn't want to go to Ireland after seeing this?

SW+: I understand the weather wasn't so good, though...

EB: No. It was so rainy in the four or five weeks we had to shoot the film. John Patrick Shanley, the director, said, "We will be shooting whether the sun is shining or it is p***ing with rain. We have no time." We were just exposed to the elements but in a wonderful way.

SW+: How was having Jamie Dornan as your love interest?

EB: Wonderful. I find Jamie completely adorable. I love him. It was just heaven to work with him. He's endlessly funny and silly so we had a blast. In the same way his character has quite a lot of vulnerabilities, Jamie has got his own oddities that are so endearing. I kind of wanted to hug Jamie to protect him. It was really special to work with him.

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Emily with husband John Krasinski

Emily with husband John Krasinski

Emily with husband John Krasinski

SW+: What lessons have you learned from this or any of the various characters you have played?

EB: I don't know if it is always specific to the character. I just feel fortunate to get that fresh injection of people, crew, environment and story in this line of work. We're so lucky. Subliminally and unconsciously, I think you are shaped by all of those experiences.

I think I'm a bit more scared and cautious of things than Rosemary is but I really learned to appreciate her ferocious pursuit of Jamie's character. It just seemed quite courageous.

SW+: Your husband kept everyone entertained during quarantine with his hugely popular SGN (Some Good News) broadcasts. What was it like for you during that time?

EB: Yes, John wanted to do SGN for a really long time. When the pandemic hit, it just seemed like there was no better moment for it. His previous vision for it was a big glossy show but the makeshift lo-fi version of just him in his office was very humanising.

"No one knows this but he was doing everything. He was hanging the prom decorations, making calls and begging people to come on the show. It turned into this wild horse in our house. It was mad but so rewarding."

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