Excited about Mary Poppins Returns? Find out what Mary Poppins herself, Emily Blunt, had to say about playing the iconic character in Mary Poppins Return.
I was invited by Disney, ABC & Freeform to Los Angeles for an all-inclusive Mary Poppins Returns Event. All opinions and ideas are 100% honest and my own!
Let me start this post by saying that Emily Blunt is as lovely as you’d imagine.
Seriously. And I don’t use the word lovely lightly.
She was charming, animated, courteous, and maybe my favorite interview ever. Even better than when I got to interview Ewan McGregor for Christopher Robin.
And I still can’t believe I get these opportunities. What a year it’s been.
Anyway, back to Mary Poppins since I know you all really just want to know what Emily had to say about playing the iconic role of Mary Poppins in the upcoming film Mary Poppins Returns.
Exclusive Emily Blunt Mary Poppins Returns Interview
When Emily first came in the room you knew immediately the interview was going to be good. She was making jokes, laughing, and just all around in good spirits.
Emily on the Costumes
The first thing we had to ask was about the costumes made by the incredible costume designer Sandy Powell. When we asked Emily about her favorite costume, she actually chose a costume I never would’ve guessed.
I have to say I really loved the red suit with the skirt that kind of flowed out when I danced with 30 lamplighters, I was like yes, you know. And I remember Rob Marshall really wanted like a Ginger Rogers type of look to that, and it’s really actually accurate for the time period to have a skirt that opened up like that.
So that’s where Sandy Powell, the great Sandy Powell, created all those very tight pleats so that it looked very chic and sort of straight lined. And then when I turned, the whole skirt kind of opened up, and she’s just so exciting to work with, Sandy Powell.
There’s a reason that Sandy Powell was nominated for a Critics Choice Award for the costume design on Mary Poppins Returns!
You guys are going to be amazed by the costumes in the film – I mean just check out the detail on the Mary Poppins Returns Pink Dress Funko Pop! Vinyl Figure I received during the trip. I added her to the shelf with my Thor: Ragnarok ones; I just know they’re going to be best friends.
You can get the rest of the Mary Poppins Returns collection below, they’re all amazing!
- Mary Poppins Returns Mary with Kite Pop! Vinyl Figure
- Mary Poppins Returns Mary with Skirt Bag Pop! Vinyl Figure
- Mary Poppins Returns Jack the Lamplighter Pop! Vinyl Figure
Emily’s Favorite Scene
After talking about the amazing costume in the lamp lighter scene, I asked Emily if that was also her favorite scene in the film or if there was another one that stole her heart.
I absolutely love love loved her response – especially in such a bright, loud, and fun movie like Mary Poppins Returns!
I love the poignancy of the ballad that I sing to the kids cause it’s sort of her revealing her most tender side, cause she’s such a weird eccentric lady, and she’s stern and shows great humanity and shows great depth because she comes into their lives to heal and to bring order to chaos and reintroduce the idea of magic, but she doesn’t let you know that so it’s sort of exciting to play someone who’s in command of the environment and yet pretends kind of not to be.
And expects nothing in return so I would say that scene with the kids was really moving, and then I loved that big, the cover is not the book number, with Lin, it was like wild, you know. That was really fun.
I love both scenes and can’t wait for you all to see them!
When did it hit Emily that she was Mary Poppins?
Another question we had for Emily was when was the moment it all kind of came to fruition – the moment she was like holy cow, this is real, I’m Mary Poppins. Her answer might’ve been my favorite of the entire interview!
I would say the arrival scene where I am dangling 60 feet from a crane and Rob Marshall played the amazing orchestral music from the speakers, like blared it from the speakers, so that it was very transporting and really exciting, but I was kind of terrified at that. I thought I was alright with heights, and then I was up there and like I’m not.
And I remember hanging up there and looking down and Lin-Manuel Miranda was like that big. But I think that was the moment because I had the coat, the hat, the umbrella, the feet. The kite and that was when I, was one of the only moments I allowed myself cause I kind of had to block out the fear of how iconic she was in taking this on for most of the shoot.
But that was the moment where I allowed myself that moment of I’m gonna vomit like it was really insane. It was, I was hit between the eyeballs with it.
After she came down one of the crew members came up to Emily to tell her what he thought about the scene. According to Emily,
He came up to me, and he goes, I’ve got to say I got really emotional watching that, so sweet, cause it’s like she’s back. And we’ve waited 54 years and people have told me that, people who, some of the most cynical people I knew were like I cried when she came, and I didn’t how much I wanted her to come back until I saw her, saw your feet coming out of the clouds. It was so cool.
That moment you guys, it’s amazing. During the Mary Poppins Returns red carpet premiere that was the moment the audience went wild, well that and when Dick Van Dyke walked into the theater. He’s just a legend.
Emily on Mary Poppins & Motherhood
I totally related to Emily when someone asked her about how being Mary Poppins has impacted her as a mother. Kind of hilarious to be honest.
I feel like my whole household is full of imagination and childlike wonder cause my kids are so young and so I do feel like I’ve sort of rediscovered life through their eyes really.
I mean Hazel is a bit disappointed that there aren’t dolphins in her bathtub, so I feel like actually in a way, Mary Poppins has kind of shot me in the foot, like I know I’m only going to be less than. So I think for everyone else like all of their friends are gonna be like your mum’s Mary Poppins, that’s so cool. And my own kids would be like, you should see it, it’s not like. They are gonna be like she is so not Mary Poppins, yeah.
I feel ya there Emily. Pretty sure parents in movies are always more magical in real life – I mean I’m the mom who tells his kid he can’t have Oreos for dinner and buy a toy every single time we’re at Target. Real life moms are way less fun!
Other Fun Facts from Emily about Mary Poppins Returns
Emily’s biggest challenge with Mary Poppins Returns according to her wasn’t actually playing Mary Poppins – it was the dancing! Apparently these daunting broadway showstopper numbers aren’t her forte, but you’d never know by how seamlessly they pulled them off!
One of my favorite quotes from the entire interview
I feel like Lin Manuel and I were sort of on par with dancing abilities so we were in it to get there, thank God. If I had been dancing with like Justin Timberlake, that would have been really embarrassing.
Emily didn’t really use the movie version of Mary Poppins to play this character. She used the Mary Poppins from the book series – as she put it, the book version of Mary Poppins is more
…Incredibly rude and vain and funny and enigmatic and weird. She’s sort of bizarre and layered and so for me, it was sort of how do I find those crackers of humanity in a super human?
Emily said working with Dick Van Dyke was overwhelming because he’s so “sprightly and cool.” And apparently while they were shooting a scene, he came up and sang Jolly Holliday to her.
I might’ve died. Apparently she had similar thoughts.
Stay tuned this week and next for more exclusive content from Mary Poppins cast and crew including an interview with Lin-Manuel Miranda!
About Mary Poppins Returns
In Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” an all new original musical and sequel, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss. Emily Blunt (“A Quiet Place,” “The Girl on the Train”) stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and LinManuel Miranda (“Hamilton,” “Moana”) plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London.
Mary Poppins Returns hits theaters everywhere on December 19, 2018.