Emily Blunt Calls Out 'Mummy Cult' Among Women

'There is a huge societal pressure on women when it comes to motherhood'

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Actress Emily Blunt has come out in defence of women who feel pressurised by the so-called 'mummy cult' that attempts to define their value in society by their roles as mothers and wives. 

Speaking at the world premiere of Blunt's new film The Girl on the Train, Blunt revealed: 

'I think there is a huge societal pressure on women when it comes to motherhood, this sort of mummy cult that goes on. 

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I think it sort of makes women feel that they have to be a bit defensive about the choices that they make, whether they want to be a mother, whether they don't, whether they want to breastfeed, whether they don't. I could go on and on,' she added.

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In the film, the 33-year-old star stars as divorced alcoholic Rachel Watson, who has endured numerous failed bouts of fertility treatment while Megan Hopewell – the woman with whom she becomes obsessed – doesn't want a baby at all. 

'In the domestic world, I think it's when women can be a bit cruel about each other, more so than any other environment. And I think this film really captures that,' she continued.

Blunt – who has two children with actor husband John Krasinski – also said she was ready for the backlash from the bestseller's fans who might have an aversion to her on-screen adaption of the literary character.

'I think any time a character or certainly a book is beloved, you're going to be met with some resistance to whoever is cast or whoever is doing it.

'But at the same time, all I could think of is that it's going to have to be my version of her whether people like it or not,' the Devil Wears Prada actress concluded. 

As T.Swift says: 'Shake it off.'

The Girl on the Train will be released in UK cinemas on 5 October.

Watch the trailer for the film below: 

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