Entertainment Weekly: Had you worked together on Charlie Wilson’s War when Sunshine Cleaning came about?
Emily Blunt: I got a call before I did Charlie Wilson that Amy Adams was doing Sunshine Cleaning. I was so excited because I’d seen Junebug and fell in love with her, and then I read the script. It was quirky, unique, and beautiful, so I just was like, ”Please let me do this film.”
Amy Adams: It was love at first sight for me.
EB: It was. Oh God, look at us. [Laughs] The best thing about Amy is she’s not self-conscious, and that’s the greatest thing when you have to do these scenes where you have to look a bit stupid and definitely look like a tool.
AA: Emily is very free and very giving. She’s always about the character. It was never about ”What’s going to make me look good?” or anything like that. Are you cold?
EB: I’m just moved! I get goose bumps very easily if something moves me.
EW: Amy, was the awards season intense?
AA: People have a fascination that wasn’t there before. They like to put you on a pedestal and just throw rocks at you.
EB: People relish seeing you tumble a bit. The platform that people build for you is always a little bit shaky.
AA: Exactly. For me it was finally ”What do I want to do?” So I cut off my hair. Eight inches.
EW: Why? Not for a role?
AA: No, I just had to tell Anand Tucker [the director of Adams’ upcoming film Leap Year] that I did it. I think as an actress you feel like you don’t have ownership of your physical being because everyone has something to say. After awards season, you feel really judged. I know it sounds so juvenile, but in a way you start to feel like a child, and you rebel. I rebelled by cutting off my hair. I think that’s why you see a lot of bad behavior from actors.
EB: What was better, this year at the Oscars or when you had to sing?
AA: This year was awesome. I sat right next to Meryl [Streep], and Meryl never left the show. So I decided, I’m not leaving, I’m going to sit through the whole show. Meryl, do you need to pee? No? Me neither. Water — do you need water? I don’t. Do you need to stand up? I don’t. I’m going to be here all night. [Laughs]
EB: I could do these interviews all the time if I could do them with you.
AA: It’s so much easier with another person. I’m at the point where I dislike myself because I’ve been talking about myself for four months straight. It’s nice to pick on Emily and tell you my experience with her — although I do think I’ve done more gushing than you. I need you to gush a little bit more because I’m feeling insecure.
EB: So let’s talk about Amy’s body. Amy’s rear end would be heaven for most men. We don’t need to get into it, but I just need to let you know that it’s there.