Taking over an iconic role is no easy feat. Especially when it comes to a beloved character like Mary Poppins. But Emily Blunt is ready—now that she has Julie Andrews' blessing.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly (opens in new tab), the Mary Poppins Returns actress recounted that although she hadn't talked with Andrews directly, director Rob Marshall had spoken with the OG Poppins. "Rob said he was in the Hamptons, and he saw [Andrews], and he said, 'It's top secret, but Emily Blunt's playing Mary Poppins,'" Blunt recounts. "And she went, 'Oh, wonderful!'"
"I felt like I wanted to cry," Blunt says. "It was lovely to get her stamp of approval. That took the edge off it, for sure."
The movie, Mary Poppins Returns, co-stars Lin-Manuel Miranda and will be released in 2018. Meantime...spoonful of sugar a day to hold us over?
Samantha Leal is the Deputy Editor at Well+Good, where she spends most of her day thinking of new ideas across platforms, bringing on new writers, overseeing the day-to-day of the website, and working with the awesome team to produce the best stories and packages. Before W+G, she was the Senior Web Editor for Marie Claire and the Deputy Editor for Latina.com, with bylines all over the internet. Graduating from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University with a minor in African history, she’s written everything from travel guides to political op-eds to wine explainers (currently enrolled in the WSET program) to celebrity profiles. Find her online pretty much everywhere @samanthajoleal.
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