A post-apocalyptic world in which a family has to fight for their survival against sinister creatures: “A Quiet Place” successfully scared viewers in 2018. In the second part of the horror film, Emily Blunt (38) alias Evelyn is on her own. She has to defend herself and her children against the monsters without her film husband John Krasinski (41), with whom she is also married in real life.
Blick: What happened to John in the film?
Emily Blunt: I don’t want to anticipate that. But I suddenly find myself without a partner and without our safe retreat. Our house has been destroyed and I have to fight my way through alone with my two children and a newborn baby outside. There are other people in the area, but I don’t know who I can trust. I become a mother bear who is all about defending her cubs by all means.
Against monsters that appeared out of the blue. That fits into the present time. An invisible killer who suddenly terrorizes the world.
It’s crass how much more people can identify with this terrible concept in 2021. The film was supposed to be released last year, but the release was cancelled due to the pandemic. That’s why, during the first lockdown, the posters of “A Quiet Place 2” hung around in deserted New York and Los Angeles for months. I was constantly asked by people how scary they thought it was. I also found it scary.
Can we transfer something from the film into our reality?
Yes. That it is more difficult to fight against such a powerful enemy when society is broken. We humans have to stick together and form a community if we want to win in the end.
If you weren’t married to him – how would you rate John Krasinski as a director?
As a perfectionist who does not accept a no as an answer. Unless it comes from me (laughs)! Otherwise, he always finds a way to fulfill his creative version. He is firmly entrented. That’s what I love about him.
Can you give an example?
At the beginning of the film, there is a car scene that the studio wanted to remove from the script because it was not technically feasible. But John has ordered a special camera equipment from Germany. With it you could film through the car roof.
Is it difficult to work with your life partner?
With enough whiskey you can get through it. Seriously: It works pretty well for us because we have very similar ideas about life. As a husband and father, he is like a six in the lottery. I’m sure we were meant for each other. We also value and respect each other professionally.
Your daughters are 7 and 4. As a mum, do you also have a “quiet place” – a retreat where you can have your peace and quiet?
I rarely have absolute peace. Most likely when I send John out of the house with the girls. Only then can I read a book.
In the film, you grow beyond yourself as a mother who defends her kids. Has this happened to you in real life?
There have been some critical moments. Our older daughter Hazel recently fell off her scooter and brutally opened her chin. In the middle of the street in New York. John took her in his arms and we ran past 15 blocks to the emergency room in record time. There she had to be sewn with 15 stitches. Gruesome.
The film plays with primal fears. What is your biggest fear?
Losing someone I love. Fortunately, I have only experienced this once so far. When my grandma died. I try not to think about suffering, but to focus on the beautiful aspects of life: the children, the love, the job. I am very grateful for my life.