London: ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ star Emily Blunt has revealed that she stuttered so badly during her childhood years that it was a constant living nightmare for her.
Blunt, 27, who started developing the speech impediment at the age of 10, said that she feared she could never overcome it.
“I remember that when it first started to kick in I thought it was a habit, but when it really starts to ingrain itself upon you it becomes an anguished situation to live your life in, especially when you’re a kid, when you’re only trying to appear very cool. I was definitely not cool,” the Telegraph quoted her as saying.
“I thought ‘Why am I like this? Why have I got this stupid voice problem? Everyone else can talk, what’s my problem?’
“My friends started to accept my stutter as just who I was but I didn’t like being accepted in that way.
“It felt like a mental mountain that I found impossible to overcome,” she stated.
According to the Daily Beast website, Blunt’s mother took her to see specialists but they failed to help. The stutter disappeared only after a teacher suggested she speak in a Northern accent for a school play.
“I wouldn’t say that I ceased to stutter after that, that it was some huge revelation. But for the first time in five years I was able to speak fluently,” she revealed.
The actress was speaking before a benefit event in aid of the American Institute for Stuttering.