Emily Blunt returns to her indie roots for 'Your Sister's Sister'
Emily Blunt has been one of Hollywood's most in-demand actresses, but lately things are picking up at an even quicker pace for the 29-year-old Oscar nominee.
Blunt starred in the high-profile "The Five Year Engagement," she's got a big role in the upcoming star-studded sci-fi flick "Looper" and soon she'll start filming "All You Need Is Kill" with Tom Cruise.
Once you've achieved the status of "Tom Cruise's co-star," you've more than made it. You're in the club for life. And time and again, actresses that reach that status have left the world of low-budget filmmaking behind.
But Blunt has stuck to her indie film roots (she debuted in 2004's "My Summer of Love") and stars in "Your Sister's Sister," an engaging movie about an unconventional love triangle that opens in theaters on Friday.
Still, the actress doesn't look at her career in indie vs. Hollywood terms.
"I personally don't find that the process changes that much depending on the scale of the film," Blunt says. "The only thing that's different is there are less producers on a small film. I think you always try and play the truth. It doesn't matter what film you're in."
"Your Sister's Sister," from writer-director Lynn Shelton ("Humpday"), is a dramedy that tells the story of Jack (Mark Duplass), who drunkenly sleeps with Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt), the sister of his best friend and secret crush Iris (Blunt) one night at her family's vacation home on an island off the coast of Washington. When Iris shows up the next day, awkwardness ensues.
The film avoids farce, however, by respecting its characters and imbuing that messy premise with a low-key, relatable sensibility. It's exactly the sort of project Blunt says she's been searching for.
"It was a very refreshing pitch for a movie," she says. "[Lynn] pitched the basic outline for the idea and she said, 'You're going to get kidnapped for a couple weeks and it'll be a blast and it'll be hopefully like nothing else you've done.' She was right, and to me that sounded incredibly appealing. I think I'd done a couple of movies that felt bigger and not collaborative. I was just ready to just dive in, in some new way."