Emily Blunt had to get husband John Krasinski to “fire” a rival actress to make way for her to star in his horror film “A Quiet Place,” she revealed on a U.K. chat show Friday. Appearing on the first episode in a new season of British chat show “The Graham Norton Show” to promote the film, the actress said she had to insist Krasinski, who directed and co-stars in the film, fire another actress to allow her to take the role. Although Blunt did not name the actress she said she was a “good friend.”
Sitting beside Krasinski on the show, which was recorded Thursday, Blunt said she had initially been reluctant to appear in the horror film when her husband pitched it to her as she had just given birth to the couple’s second daughter, Violet, and was about to start shooting “Mary Poppins Returns” so felt “in a state of joy.”
“I wasn’t sure I wanted to go to the darkness of the pitch that he’d given me for this film,” Blunt told Norton, revealing that she had recommended he approach a friend of hers for the role, which he did. “Then I read the script and I was like ‘you need to call her and fire her’.” Blunt said she was still friends with the unnamed actress.
“I’d heard she was a diva,” joked Krasinski.
Blunt also said she had felt terrified to take on the iconic role of Mary Poppins originated by Julie Andrews. “It felt thrilling and scary at the same time,” said the British actress.
“A Quiet Place” opens in the U.S., U.K. and other markets this weekend. “The Graham Norton Show” airs Friday nights in the U.K. on BBC One.