Emily Blunt Copes With Her Stutter But Reminds Us That Kids And Adults Are Still Bullied

"It's a real problem for a lot of people."

In a recent interview, Emily Blunt opens up about growing up with a stutter, emphasizing the need for all of us to better understand the disorder.

"It's a real problem for a lot of people," Blunt says. "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 'cause you're misrepresented by how you speak and it has nothing to do with an anxiety disorder or a nervous disposition — it's nothing like that." 

Blunt tells Entertainment Weekly that her stutter came under control around 14, although she still experiences it in adulthood. It came back during her pregnancy, for example. She also says that she began working with the American Institute of Stuttering, an organization that helps people reach their full potential and teaches them not to let their stutter hold them back. 

Blunt says she learned that stuttering can be caused by genetics: "Stuttering is a biological and neurological condition that is caused by one or more of four possible triggers, the first being genetics.

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The A Quiet Place star goes on to talk about bullying with regards to one's stutter: "People tease it still. It's very bullied. That was the worst, having it at like 12 or 13 ... I used to do a lot of funny voices and funny accents 'cause I could speak more fluently if I didn't sound like me." She adds that her parents were her support system.

Then, at 12, Blunt's teacher asked her to be in a class play. He suggested that she play characters in different voices like the ones she used to help relieve her stutter. 

"And so I did the play in a stupid voice and spoke fluently," she says.

And the rest, perhaps, is history.

"Stuttering is a speech disorder characterized by repetition of sounds, syllables, or words; prolongation of sounds; and interruptions in speech known as blocks," the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders explains. And about 5 percent of children ages 2 to 5 will develop some form of it, and it can last for various periods of time. Overall, more than 70 million people worldwide stutter, DoSomething.org reports

Blunt's interview is important not only to remind people to stop judging others for their differences but to encourage those with a stutter, like Blunt, to follow their dreams, too. And while there is no cure, there are various forms of treatment, including therapy, self-help groups, and more. 

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Cover image: Denis Makarenko / Shutterstock.com

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