Emily Blunt Was Bullied For Having A Stutter As A Child—And Acting Changed Everything

Actress Emily Blunt is lending her voice to the organization American Institute of Stuttering in an effort to help others dealing with a stutter. Blunt says that acting helped her manage the stutter she still struggles with today. 

In an interview with People TV, Blunt speaks openly, pointing out to perhaps well meaning people the things they should not do when supporting a person with a stutter. She says:

 The worst thing is you could finish their sentence. That is frustrating if someone does that. The worst thing you can say is, ‘breathe or slow down.’ It’s not about that.

What helped Blunt manage her stutter (she has not “overcome” the stutter) was getting into acting. A teacher noticed that when Blunt was speaking in different voices and accents, her stutter wasn’t as noticeable. He suggested she try out for a school play. Blunt describes the time:

He said, ‘I think you are funny, and you should do it. And have you ever thought about doing it in a different voice?’

 About the organization, she says: 

They’re fantastic and they’ve got this revolutionary way of treating people and giving people the confidence because it’s a real problem for a lot of people. It’s not just kids. You have adults into their 40s and 50s who haven’t been able to get the jobs that they deserve because you’re sort of misrepresented by how you speak. It’s nothing to do with an anxiety, or a nervous disposition. It’s nothing like that. It’s just a kind of brain synapse thing that happens to people who are genetically predisposed to have it. It’s very bullied. And so, this organization is amazing. They offer people a real community.

As far as her own stutter goes, Blunt says it still shows up especially when she is tired or when she was pregnant. 

It still comes back and flares if I’m really tired, or when I was pregnant it was really prominent again. It runs in my family. I had an uncle, cousin, grandfather who stuttered. It’s nothing to do with anxiety. It’s just a kind of brain-synapse thing that happens to people who are genetically predisposed to have it. The worst is having it at 12, 13.

This is not the first time, Blunt has spoken about the issue of stuttering. In 2017 she spoke at the Stuttering Gala. 

Blunt has been vocal about stuttering for years, and her fans appreciate her for it. 

H/T: People