They made a big noise with the chilling monster movie A Quiet Place and the sequel is proving to be something to shout about too.
So we’re all ears as Emily Blunt tells us how she and her husband John Krasinski enjoy a drop of the hard stuff after a tough day’s filming.
Asked how they relax, Emily, 38, declares: “We drink a lot of whisky. It’s a way of unwinding and it takes the edge off.”
The couple played husband and wife Lee and Evelyn Abbott in the original which, like the sequel, was written and directed by John, 41.
In the latest movie, Evelyn and her children again live in silence as they try to survive in a world where a single sound will bring monsters to their door.
Recalling the film shoot, Emily says: “I’d come home covered in mud and blood and my feet were filthy and I’d looked like I’d been dragged through a hedge backwards.
“When you’ve had a day that’s non-stop, high-octane and emotionally draining, whisky is your best bet.”
As Evelyn, in Part II, she continues to face the terrors of the outside world in silence. But, forced to venture into the unknown, the Abbott family realise the creatures hunting them by sound are not the only threats.
It sounds like a plot terrifying enough to have movie-goers reaching for the bottle and, referring to her favourite brand, Emily says it “should have been sponsored by Macallan”.
She says: “I feel like whisky is a great equaliser. I remember even as a teenager, if I’d had a shock or something at school, my mum would say, ‘Would you like a little nip of whisky?’
“And I’d drink from my grandfather’s whisky. I have this nostalgic relationship with whisky. And John’s much more of a connoisseur than I am.”
London-born Emily, who now lives in New York with John and their daughters Hazel, seven, and five-year-old Violet, won the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor gong for A Quiet Place at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2019.
She has drawn on her real-life role as a mother and wife to play Evelyn. She says: “It was very personal for me, and certain scenes to do with the loss of a child or loss of a partner were quite painful to do.
“Those scenes certainly take it out of you because you have to go somewhere else and it’s not a fun place.”
But how scary was it filming A Quiet Pace? She says: “Certain scenes terrified me when we shot them because they were so real.
“I usually play a part that offers some kind of escapism. This was a very confrontational experience, going through this film with my own fears.”
Emily admits she likes to retreat to her own “quiet place” at home.
She says: “My quiet place is a sort of rarity, but it’s when the house is empty, and I can sit in my room and read a book. That’s very rare, but I do love it.”
One of four children of an actress mother and barrister father, Emily was raised in Roehampton, South West London, and began appearing in school plays at the age of 12. An agent noticed her in the musical Bliss at the Edinburgh Festival when she was 16 and promptly signed her.
Then, instead of going to college to study languages so she could become a translator as planned, Emily went straight into West End theatre.
She overcame a childhood stutter and appeared opposite Dame Judi Dench in Sir Peter Hall’s production of The Royal Family at the Haymarket Theatre in London.
Emily’s next move was to star in Romeo and Juliet at the Chichester Festival when she was 20. A role in a movie called My Summer of Love earned her a 2004 British Independent Film Award nomination as Most Promising Newcomer.
Then came her Golden Globe-winning role in TV drama Gideon’s Daughter, and her US debut playing an assistant to Meryl Streep’s fashion editor in The Devil Wears Prada. The film showed Emily’s flair for comedy, winning her new fans and a Golden Globe nomination.
Emily says: “It seems like everybody saw that role and it changed things in a huge way for me.
“If you play such an off-the-wall character, people see you as versatile, able to play a variety of diverse roles.”
Since then she has made 30 movies, including The Girl on the Train, Mary Poppins Returns and, most recently, the romantic comedy Wild Mountain Thyme, which she filmed in Ireland.
Despite her success, Emily says: “I didn’t have a burning desire to act and never said when I was three years old that I wanted to be an actress – I wanted to be a tooth fairy.
“Now I truly love acting. I’m fascinated by human behaviour. I love watching people. I’m like one of those weirdos who stare at people on trains.”
Emily, who had a three-year relationship with singer Michael Buble, married John in July 2010 in Como, Italy. They now live in the Brooklyn Heights neighbourhood of New York.
Emily says: “I value him so much and he values me so much, not just in a personal sense but in a professional sense and we seem to be very aligned creatively. I think that helps.”
She says: “We respond to scenes or performances identically, and what moves him seems to move me. So there’s a fluidity about us working together that works.
“But we work apart a lot as well. It’s sort of a rarity for us to do a project together. I think John and I really allow for a very full life outside of each other.
“We implicitly trust each other – we adore each other, but we have to cope with a lot of time apart as well.”
Emily’s next movie release will be Jungle Cruise later this summer. She stars as a scientist who hires a boat skipper, played by Dwayne Johnson, to take her down the Amazon to find a tree with the power to heal.
Her next project is a six-part Western series called The English.
She says: “I am so excited about it. It’s the most extraordinary thing I’ve ever read in my career.”