DVD Release DateEmily Blunt Advocates for Stutterer Representation in Film due to Personal Significance

Emily Blunt Advocates for Stutterer Representation in Film due to Personal Significance

  • Emily Blunt wants to make a movie about stuttering to destigmatize the condition and raise awareness about the emotional trauma it can cause.
  • Blunt is a board member of the American Institute for Stuttering (AIS), a non-profit organization that provides therapy and support for those who stutter.
  • There are approximately 80 million people around the world who stutter, and Blunt hopes her efforts can help change lives and empower stutterers.

Addressing an issue close to her heart, actress Emily Blunt is using her platform to raise awareness about stammering, or stuttering, a speech disorder she herself faced growing up. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), about 3 million people in the United States stutter. Blunt recently spoke about her desire to create a film about stuttering during an appearance on the BBC 4 podcast, Woman’s Hour:

“The one thing I still would absolutely love to do is make a movie about a stutterer. And it’s something that I’m quite passionate about just to destigmatize it and understand the emotional trauma of living with the inability to speak — will limit you in ways that are, for someone who speaks fluently, pretty unimaginable. And 80 million people around the world stutter. That is a huge, huge percentage of the population, really.

So, as long as we can keep destigmatizing it then there won’t be so much shame. It can just be more acceptable because I think it is one trait that is very easily bullied still. Whereas others are like, ‘ No, no you musn’t talk about that anymore.’ But stuttering is like, it’s people have fun with it. They enjoy poking fun at it without understanding the trauma of living with it.”

Blunt serves on the board of the American Institute for Stuttering (AIS), a non-profit organization devoted to providing therapy and support for children and adults who struggle with stammering. The AIS aims to offer affordable assistance to stutterers around the world. In a video from January, Blunt spoke highly of the organization:

“It’s so trailblazing what they do at AIS. And they empower people, they embolden them. They free up their voices, and they do change people’s lives.”

Other celebrity board members of AIS include singer Carly Simon, actor Austin Pendleton, and writer Barry Blaustein. To learn more about AIS or donate to the cause, visit the American Institute for Stuttering’s official website. With determination and support, Blunt hopes to create a film that will help shine a light on stuttering and its impact on people worldwide.