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Why this celebrity has hit out at the cruel cult of motherhood

Girl on the Train actress Emily Blunt has lashed out at the “cruel mummy cult” the pervades society, saying the domestic world can be the most judgmental.
Emily Blunt Girl on the Train

Emily Blunt Girl on the Train

In her latest film Girl on the Train, due to his cinemas in October, Emily Blunt plays a woman struggling to deal with her divorce and failed fertility treatment.

As she does so, her character becomes obsessed with a young woman who seems to have the perfect life, a flawless relationship – but doesn’t desire to have children.

And speaking of the film at the world premiere in London, 33-year-old Emily has lashed out at the “huge societal pressure on women when it comes to motherhood.”

“This sort of mummy cult goes on,” says the actress.

“Whether you can ‘Keep a man’—a phrase which I hate—or whether you breastfeed or don’t, whether you want to have children or you don’t, whether you can have children.”

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Emily Blunt and her husband John Krasinski

“And I think it sort of makes women feel that they have to be a bit defensive about the choices that they make, whether they want to be a mother, whether they don’t, whether they want to breastfeed, whether they don’t.

“I could go on and on.”

She adds that in the domestic world “women can be a bit cruel about each other, more so than any other environment.”

Emily explains that Girl on the Train captures the essence of that feeling, of the self-loathing some women feel in comparison to others and society’s view of them.

The adaptation of Paula Hawkins 2015 novel is hotly anticipated to be one of the films of the year, although some fans of the book have criticised casting Emily in the lead role.

Many feel the Brit actress is “too pretty’ to play troubled Rachel Watson, who is described in the novel as overweight and with a bad drinking problem.

But author Paula says Emily has done an “extraordinary job,” in the role, and that filmmakers tried to make her “look a bit shit.”

Watch the trailer for the film below, which hits cinemas October 6.

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