Emily Blunt is so friggin’ beautiful that it takes a village to make her look ugly. According to the actress, who graces the cover of InStyle‘s November issue looking absolutely lovely in a Stella McCartney dress, it took an entire team to make her appear haggard and hungover while filming The Girl on the Train.
“The prosthetic people created these molds that clipped onto my teeth to make my face seem puffy,” she says, explaining she and makeup artist Kyra Panchenko studied mug shots of drunk drivers to get the right look. “When we were filming, we were very specific about where she was during the day: how drunk she was, whether or not she was hungover.”
“Kyra is so talented. She used gray eye shadow under my eyes to bring out the circles and a little brush to paint spider veins all over my face,” she continues, adding that she also had to wear different bloodshot contact lenses — pink for tipsy, red for drunk, yellow for hungover — to reflect different stages of intoxication.
“She’s beautiful, so it was quite hard to make her look horrible,” director Tate Taylor tells the magazine. “I kept saying to the crew, ‘All right, can we get them back in here and make her look a little more drunk and ugly?'”
However, Blunt notes that people haven’t always so kind to her. Though she says her life is “dissimilar” to the one of her character’s, a “damaged” and “broken down” alcoholic divorcée who has an obsession with her ex-husband and his new family’s nanny, she admits that she got bullied a lot for her stutter when she was growing up.
“I think whatever you have to overcome in life ultimately paves the way [for whom you become as an adult],” she shares. “I got teased a lot, and to this day, I hate unkindness in people and bullies.”
“Names are always tricky because you can’t substitute a different word and there’s so much pressure attached to it,” she recalls the struggle of introducing herself. “Even nowadays, when I’m tired or I feel put on the spot, I still sometimes struggle to get the words out. When I make a phone call—especially if I’m calling someone I don’t know—I have to mentally prepare myself. There’s always a big pause between when they ask ‘Who’s calling?’ and when I say ‘Emily Blunt.'”