How ‘Mary Poppins’ waited for new moms Julie Andrews and Emily Blunt
Dick Van Dyke looks exactly the same in the "Mary Poppins Returns" trailer as he did in the original film.
Mary Poppins has a storied history with respecting the women who took her on.
Both Julie Andrews and Emily Blunt were new mothers when they took on the iconic role. In the early 1960s, Walt Disney famously pushed the start date of the original “Mary Poppins” a year to accommodate Andrews’ pregnancy, telling the actress, “We’ll wait for you.”
Over 50 years later, the new Mary Poppins faced similar work-life challenges.
According to Vogue, six weeks after Emily Blunt gave birth to her second daughter, Violet, with husband John Krasinksi in 2016, the actress began workshopping new “Mary Poppins Returns” songs in New York opposite trained Broadway actor-singers, while ducking out occasionally to pump milk.
Three months of rehearsal in London was set to follow, but Blunt told director Rob Marshall she needed some time off. “I said, ‘You’ve got to give me four or five months before I’m ready to crack on with the rehearsals, for the baby,’ ” she told Vogue.
Julie Andrews, left, and Emily Blunt. (Photo: John Shearer/Invision/AP, EPA-EFE/NINA PROMMER)
At Thursday night’s massive “Mary Poppins Returns” premiere in Los Angeles, Marshall stressed that career and family don’t have to be at odds.
“I really feel that when you make a film, life still comes first,” Marshall told USA TODAY. “We spent three years on this film. People are spending their lives. And so I always try and embrace that on a film set, whether someone is pregnant or someone’s just had a baby, kids or loss…You should be able to have a career and have a family.”
Julie Andrews with her newborn baby daughter, Emma. (Photo: McCabe/Express/Getty Images)
What was Andrews’ experience playing Mary Poppins as a new mom? Her earliest memory is rather cinematic: Shortly after Andrews gave birth, the actress had her first phone call with “Poppins” author P.L. Travers (whose resistance to Disney’s take on her famous nanny was mined for the Tom Hanks film, “Saving Mr. Banks.”)
“I’d just given birth to my daughter Emma literally the day before,” Andrews told USA TODAY in 2013. (Andrews was then married to set designer Tony Walton.) “And the following morning my phone rang in the hospital, and the voice said, (Andrews croaks), ‘Hello?’ I said, ‘Who is this?’ She says ‘P.L. Travers.’
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“I almost sat up in bed,” recalled Andrews. “I said, ‘Oh, Miss Travers, how sweet of you to call!’ She said, ‘Yes. Well, I understand you’re going to be playing the part of Mary Poppins.’ I said yes, as I understand it. And she said, ‘Well, talk to me!’ “
Andrews laughed. “I said, ‘Well I’m feeling a bit woozy right now. I just had a baby yesterday.'” Travers’ response? “Well. You’re far too pretty, of course. But you’ve got the nose for it.’ “
Andrews, who won a best-actress Oscar for “Mary Poppins,” would go on to raise five children.
“Mary Poppins Returns” hits theaters Dec. 19.
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