Emily Blunt Saved “Annoyingly Amazing” Meryl Streep’s Life

Emily Blunt and Meryl Streep
Emily Blunt spoke about saving Meryl Streep's life. Jim Spellman/WireImage; ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

Hollywood owes Emily Blunt a major one. The award-winning actress, 31, saved the day earlier this year, when she stepped in to rescue a legend. 

Blunt dished to David Letterman on Tuesday, Nov. 25, about the time that she came to the aid of none other than Meryl Streep. The two stars appear in the upcoming big-screen adaptation of Into the Woods together, and things took a hairy turn during one day of shooting.

"I did save her life," Blunt told Letterman of Streep, 65. "We were rehearsing a scene where she's playing the witch and she's supposed to jump onto the table with a cape and everything." 

Streep leads the fairy tale story as The Witch, causing trouble for Blunt's character of The Baker's Wife, as well as other beloved characters such as The Baker (James Corden), Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Cinderella's Prince (Chris Pine), and Jack (Daniel Huttlestone), among others. 

"I just saw this thing happen in slow-motion… You know when you see something awful happen and it's like the sound cuts out, you know?" Blunt continued. "Meryl Streep's foot got caught in her cape and we just started to watch her slowly topple headfirst toward the concrete floor." 

"[Director] Rob Marshall and James Corden froze, didn't move, and the pregnant woman caught her," the British star, who welcomed daughter Hazel this past February, said of herself. "I caught her!"

Blunt explained that she expects payback from Streep after her heroic effort.

"She owes me!" John Krasinski's wife said. "She should play my lowly dressmaker. She owes me big-time. She was tormenting me in [Devil's Wears Prada], and now she's tormenting me in this movie. She's this witch that has cast this horrible spell on our house. I just said, 'This is it.' We couldn't have any other dynamic now. 'You just have to hate me in films.'"

"She owes me, that's why I think at some point I should play the Queen of Versailles and she can be my lowly dressmaker," Blunt added. "I did mention it to her. I think it's a great idea and I mentioned it to her, and her response was, 'Dream on.' That's Meryl Streep… She's so amazing, it's annoying at this point. It's annoying." 

While she expects a favor from Streep in return, Blunt did note that her saving may not have been entirely needed. 

"She could've been injured," Blunt said. "I don't think she would've died because she's not supposed to ever die."

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