Just when we thought we couldn’t adore her more, Emily Blunt has proven us, yes, yes we can certainly love her more. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter about her upcoming movie, The Girl on the Train, Blunt decided to shed some much needed light on a few of the double standards faced by women.
In the film, Blunt’s character Rachel is financially destitute. Infertility and a failed marriage have catapulted her into a self-destructive spiral — she’s crashing in the guest room of a tolerant friend, swilling vodka on the train from a gym water bottle. During the interview, Blunt expressed her appreciation that her character’s story has given her the opportunity to open up a conversation of how women and men are treated differently.
Blunt told THR that she fully expects her character will be view differently than an alcoholic leading man, much like real-life women who drink are often shamed and made to feel “less than” for the same actions.
“A woman is a drunk, a whore, whereas the guy’s like a partyer, a player,” the actress says. “I’ve been around both women who drink too much and guys who drink too much and it’s just as ugly on the guys. It makes me crazy,” Blunt says.
But she didn’t stop there. She also brought up the double standard women face when it comes to embracing their sexuality vs. when a man does.
“I don’t think that women should be seen as any less sexual than a guy. And maybe she doesn’t want to settle down, and that’s OK. And maybe she doesn’t want a kid, and that’s OK. And she’s just happy playing the field. There’s so much judgment with women.”
Emily has voiced the words we’ve all been thinking and we couldn’t be more grateful.
It’s sad that women are still being shamed for owning their sexuality and sharing their bodies with whomever they deem fit. There is also absolutely nothing wrong with women who don’t share the “married with kids” dream. They’re not defective, they don’t need the “awww-s” coupled with looks of pity and they sure as hell don’t need to be judged.
The fact is, women were created with the capacity to be much more than wives and mothers and are fully capable of leading happy, meaningful lives without those titles.
And hey, Emily, drinks are on us! *cheers*