- Emily Blunt told “Jimmy Kimmel Live” that she came close to a career as a pop star – and even recorded several songs, one of which was called “Ring it Up.”
- Blunt said that she was always unsure about the potential career: “I realised that I’m not good at dancing and I didn’t want to be Britney.”
- But it was Dame Judi Dench, who Blunt worked with on her first acting job, who convinced her not to pursue singing: “She said, ‘Oh no, darling, you can’t do both. You can’t act and do that.'”
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Explaining why she soon gave up on a career as a pop star, Blunt said: “I realised that I’m not good at dancing and I didn’t want to be Britney, I don’t know. I don’t want to tell you too much because I feel like someone is going to find these songs that I recorded.”
Blunt teased the name of one of these songs: “‘Ring it Up,'” Blunt laughed. “It will never see the light of day.”
Kimmel also asked Blunt if she wrote any of the songs herself, but “No, I can’t write. I can’t really sing,” Blunt joked, explaining that someone wrote the song for her.
“They said, ‘I think you have a nice voice and I think that you could be a pop star.’ I said, ‘I can’t dance,'” Blunt said. “They said, ‘Don’t worry about it, we’ll teach you.’ It didn’t work, I tried to learn.”
“And then I was doing a play. My first job was with Judi Dench, the Dame, which was incredible and she was wonderful to me,” Blunt told Kimmel. The play was Sir Peter Hall’s 2001-2002 production of “The Royal Family,” in which Blunt played the daughter of Dench’s family matriarch.
“And I went to her for advice because I was really, really nervous about this career that I didn’t know was right for me, that I didn’t think was right for me. And she said, ‘Oh no, darling, you can’t do both. You can’t act and do that.’ She talked me out of it.”
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