Emily Blunt is great – I’ve always loved her both as an actress (sure, she’s had some dodgy roles, but who hasn’t?) and as a Hollywood personality. She’s endearing! She’s funny! She’s gorgeous! What’s not to like? Apparently not much, when it comes to the gay community. She’s got a massive gay fan base, which makes sense, and she loves it! Especially since she hopes to eventually become a gay icon.
From The Advocate:
Whether she’s bringing the heat to lesbian romances like My Summer of Love, kicking ass as a super soldier alongside Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow, or stealing scenes as Meryl Streep’s cube of cheese–eating assistant in The Devil Wears Prada, Emily Blunt has a filmography generously seasoned with roles that have earned the actress a large LGBT following. It’s a fact she’s lovingly aware of as we sit down to discuss her latest film, Disney’s big-screen adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods.
“I know that’s my demographic. That’s been made clear to me by my fans,” she says with a laugh, noting that she’s often stopped by gay admirers of her work when she’s out in public. “I love it. I think it’s so cool, because one day I hope to be a gay icon.”
When I joke with her that starring in a Sondheim musical alongside Meryl Streep wearing a wig worthy of a legendary drag queen automatically earns her the title, she gleefully giggles and exclaims, “Oh, thank God! Now I just need to go to more gay clubs so I can really have a good time.”
First of all, let me just say that I can’t wait to see Into the Woods. Second of all, I think Emily should probably realize that LGBT fans means it’s not just campy gay men who like her (and fetishizing that community is a bit weird, anyway), so… yeah. That being said, I’m sure she’ll get her gay icon status. She’s great!