Emily Blunt as Diana? Well, not exactly… Actress on being done up to look like a princess


Emily Blunt as Diana Well, not exactly… Actress on being done up to look like a princess

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22:21 GMT, 28 April 2012

The diamond tiara, blonde coiffured locks, perfect smile and unblinking blue-eyed gaze are undeniably familiar.

They were certainly enough to raise gasps of recognition from a premiere audience at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival last week.

This is British actress Emily Blunt in her new film attending a fancy dress party as the late Princess Diana.

Seeing double: Emily Blunt in fancy dress as the Princess in her film

Princess Diana

Seeing double: Emily Blunt in fancy dress as the Princess in her film (left) and the real Diana in 1983 (right)

Co-stars: Emily Blunt and Jason Segal play a couple whose relationship becomes strained when their engagement is continually extended

Co-stars: Emily Blunt and Jason Segal play a couple whose relationship becomes strained when their engagement is continually extended

In The Five-Year Engagement, the
29-year-old actress plays an English postgraduate student exiled in
America.

She dresses up for the ‘alternative superheroes’ party and
meets a handsome stranger who asks her: ‘What are your superpowers’

She coyly replies: ‘Diana needs no superpowers.’ And with that, a
romance begins.

The original English rose: Diana shortly before her death in 1997

The original English rose: Diana shortly before her death in 1997

Emily – who also stars in the hit British comedy
Salmon Fishing In The Yemen – said being transformed by a Hollywood
make-up artist into an uncanny likeness of Diana was an extraordinary
experience.

‘We first did all the blue eye shadow and the lipstick and
then, once the wig was on, it was pretty surreal,’ said Emily.

She said her role brought back memories of being a schoolgirl and hearing of Diana’s death in 1997.

Emily
explained: ‘I played the cello as a kid, so I was always up before
anyone else.

'I turned on the TV and the news was just everywhere.

'I woke
my mum and dad, and I just said, “Princess Diana’s dead,’’ and my mum
started crying.

Diana was just so emblematic of our country, so it was
awful.’

Her co-star Jason Segel, who co-wrote the script, added: ‘I
certainly have just a tremendous amount of respect [for Diana].

'She
really was the archetype of grace.’