Emily Blunt while talking to Marie Claire magazine talked about her struggles as a stutterer.
“Once a stutterer, I always a stutterer,” said Blunt as she removed cover from her youth years and get candid about her speech disorder that ceased her from reading poems or even telling her name as a kid.
The actress revealed that her stutter started to take hold around six or seven and turned worse during her growth years.
“It wasn’t the whole part of me; it was just a part of who I was,” Blunt tells the magazine. “There were certain people who liked to define me by that. That was tough. I decided not to really spend time with those people. I’ve probably only now come to realize that everybody has something growing up. That just happened to be my thing.”
According to Blunt it was acting in grade school that came to her rescue as she discovered her fluency. “And that was very liberating for me as a kid. Suddenly, I had fluency,” she said. The actress is now working with American Institute for Stuttering (AIS) and says she wants to explain the cause of stutter.
“Stutterers don’t feel understood. It’s not psychological. It’s not that you’re nervous, it’s not that you’re insecure, it’s not that you can’t read, it’s not that you don’t know what you want to say. It’s neurological, it’s genetic, it’s biological. It’s not your fault,” she says.
Blunt also wants to create awareness and bring change in people behavior towards the Stutterers in the society. “I encourage empathy in my kids and embracing differences and not being scared of them, or teasing people for them, you know?” Blunt explained. “Making mistakes or feeling like you have something that causes you to make mistakes, is a good thing. It’s how you learn and it’s how you grow. When you go through something like that, you establish a real sense of kindness. And you’ve got to be kind to yourself and you’re going to be kind to other people.”