Emily Blunt believes her “job is to educate people” about stuttering as someone who made it into Hollywood.
The 38-year-old English actress grew up stuttering and is now involved with the American Institute of Stuttering, which she says has given her a “real sense of purpose” as she sees it as her duty to explain to people exactly how it goes a stutter develops.
When asked about her commitment to the organization, she said: “I feel that I have a real goal with this foundation because it is so personal to me. I understand the agony these children and adults go through.
“There is a lot of misinformation about stuttering, so it’s my job to educate people about what it is about; that it is not fearful, it is not that you have intellectual disabilities, and it is not that you are nervous. It is neurological, it is genetic and no one can be to blame – and there is nothing children can do about it. “
Emily has “so much empathy” for those who are still struggling with stuttering and said she wants to encourage others to love this part of their personality.
The ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ star added, “I have so much empathy for her. It’s also the kind of thing that you can’t explain to people because you can’t speak. You’re completely trapped in it. I find it incredibly moving so I tell the kids and parents who call me that all you have to do is learn to put your arms around this part of yourself. You have to learn that it’s not your whole, it’s just a part of you and everyone has something to do with.
“I love the fact that I’ve never met a mean stutterer. Once you’ve been humiliated, you won’t do it to anyone. Ever. “
In addition to empowering others, Emily has also spent most of the last year homeschooling her two daughters – Hazel, 7 and Violet, 4 – who she has with her husband, John Krasinski.
And the A Quiet Place Part II star said she appreciated the downtime she was able to spend with her brood amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Talk to OK! Magazine, she said, “We’d try to dig our way through home schooling like everyone else – but I think that time at home gave people an opportunity to notice every detail of your children.”